39810: Bespin Security Guard
I recall Skye and Steve renaming the figure as “Asian Security Guard”. I must say it seemed appropriate given the look Kenner gave to the figure. The loose AFA figures use the term “curved Mustache” – they really should have gone with “fu manchu”. Anyway I’m sure the guys will have plenty of Debate-D8 on this month’s show around the name…
He’s a figure I recall owning – though not with any particular fondness (though I do recall he easily held that Bespin blaster, and that was always a plus as an 8 year old:)). I know there’s been a few good limelights on Rebelscum of him, so there is some love in the community for him.
On my first scan through the market I didn’t find too many carded examples of the Bespin Security Guard. But when you try a few different search terms I managed to unearthed quite a few.
I found most of his carded variations, including all the 48 backs (ESB and ROTJ). So we came close to putting a full run together – and for a fairly cheap price – if the Asian Security Guard is your kind of figure. Graded MOC’s were very rare, and the ungraded MOC’s were not in great condition at all. I also have included a few loose graded figures – which highlight the price movements across different grades.
Based on the low prices I’d dare say he hasn’t benefited from the price rises we have seen across the market this year.
Here’s what we found:
Empire Strikes Back cardbacks
31A AFA80 NM (C80/B85/F80) $195.50 – eBay link
31A ungraded $51 – eBay link
32A ungraded – Clear Bubble $69 – eBay link
Further sale that reinforces that this guy can be bought fairly cheap….
32A ungraded – Clear bubble $52 – eBay link
41E ungraded $40.88 – eBay link
47A ungraded – Yellowed bubble $20.50 – eBay link
48A AFA80 NM (C80/B85/F85) approx $200 – eBay link
48B ungraded $40 – eBay link
48C ungraded $63 – eBay link
Return of the Jedi cardback
48D ungraded $34.99 – eBay link
77 ungraded $39 – eBay link
Loose Graded figures
I haven’t focused on the loose graded figures for a few months, but thought it was time to re-focus on these. I think the graded loose figures look very nice – and I specifically steered away from any “U” grades. This series of auctions help show the premium (or discount if you look at ti the other way) for the same figure at different grades.
The gold pipping on the jacket is obviously one of (if not the) key driver of the score. You wonder if CGA / AFA keep images of the figures and scores they give out, which they then can compare when grading new figures. I must admit the AFA90 figure looks very nice (it also helps that the seller took a great picture).
All three were described as ‘curved mustache” and again I think the AFA90 version looks the best, with a very solid fu manchu. But given the price differential between the AFA90 and AFA80 – I’m not sure which one I would liked to own :
AFA90 NM/MT+ $99.99 – eBay link
AFA85 $46.38 – eBay link
AFA80 NM $21.51 – eBay link