December Marketwatch – Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope
As we close out 2013 so do we close out our movie focus on the general update. This month’s focus on the Star Wars line is a fitting end to the series and item for item released it’s our most comprehensive figure coverage to date with all 21 figures being represented.
The toyline for original Star Wars movie was iconic and epic in every way and really created the 3 ¾ inch action figure genre as it was the first successful line in that scale. The line was as mass produced as any, however early lack of availability made demand shoot through the roof and it never caught up. Thus the original line of figures in the vintage series remains extremely sought after and in high demand amongst novices and beginning collectors.
With the first release of the Early Bird set to the release of Boba Fett the line had several monumental steps as it recreated the Star Wars universe. With our review I’ll cover all the main production categories and detail out the line to the fullest extent based on recent auctions and online BIN prices.
The original first 21 figures form the base of the Star Wars vintage toy universe. They have the unique distinction of being released with each series in their original form. Thus the figures touched a huge span of children through the late 70s and early 80s, with these seeing a retail lifecycle of 7 years and up to another year and half of closeout shelf life.
With the update this month I bring you a full showing of the first 21 MOC, with some extremely high grade examples that drove some insane prices. Overall the usual suspects of Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker Tatooine, and Han Solo all saw incredible prices for first release versions of each figure. Surprisingly R2-D2 was the next highest priced auction with an AFA85 seeing a $1933 price tag. With that here’s the rest of the line and what we saw each achieve in recent auctions.
Ben Kenobi 12 Back – AFA80 – $615 – Ben Kenobi MOC
Boba Fett – $4438 – Boba Fett MOC
C-3PO 12 Back – $388 – C-3PO MOC
Chewbacca 12 Back – AFA80 – $900 – Chewbacca MOC
Darth Vader 21 Back – AFA80 – $689 – Darth Vader MOC
Darth Vader Takara- $511 – Darth Vader MOC Takara 12 Back
Death Squad Commander 12 Back – AFA85 – $760 – Death Squad Commander MOC
Death Star Droid 21 Back – C9 – $181 – Death Star Droid MOC
Greedo – C9 – $825 – Greedo MOC
Hammerhead – $679 – Hammerhead MOC
Han Solo 12 Back – AFA85 – $2550 – Han Solo MOC
Jawa 12 Back – $338 – Jawa MOC
Luke Skywalker 12 Back – AFA85 – $2000 – Luke Skywalker MOC
Luke Skywalker 12 Back – AFA85 – $2000 – Luke Skywalker Palitoy MOC
Luke X-Wing – C9 – $712 – Luke X-Wing MOC
Power Droid – AFA80 – $499 – Power Droid MOC
Princess Leia 12 Back – AFA85 – $1200 – Princess Leia MOC
R2-D2 12 Back – AFA85 – $1933 – R2-D2 MOC
R5-D4 – AFA85 – $1025 – R5-D4
Sandpeople 12 Back – AFA85 – $665 – Sandpeople MOC
Snaggletooth – AFA85 – $550 – Snaggletooth
Stormtrooper 12 Back– AFA85 – $1237 – Stormtrooper MOC
Walrusman – $607 – Walrusman MOC
12 Inch Action Figure Line
As many know the 1:6 Scale or 12” Action Figure was the initial direction that was intended for the main offering in the Star Wars vintage toyline. However the inability, to make vehicles such as the Falcon and X-Wing pushed Kenner to go to the 3 ¾ Inch version vs. the large scale format, given the enormous price points for large scale vehicles. Thankfully, Kenner did produce a line of large format figures featuring 11 very detailed versions of some of our favorite characters. The line spanned from 10 characters in the first movie and even went into Empire with the early release of Boba Fett, following his release as a small scale figure. With our coverage this month we have a few sealed examples of boxed items to show the top end of what we’ve seen in the past few months on eBay. The biggest callouts this month have to be the Boba Fett and Meccano Darth Vader Figures not only given the price tag, but also given the rarity of Darth and the condition of Boba Fett.
Jawa 12 Inch Figure MISB – C8 – $211 – Jawa 12 Inch
R2-D2 12 Inch Figure MISB – C7 – $163 – R2D2 12 Inch
Boba Fett 12 Inch Figure MIB – C9 – $1525 – Boba Fett 12 Inch
Darth Vader Meccano 12 Inch Figure AFA75 – $1525 – Darth Vader Meccano 12 Inch
From the vehicles of the first line to the large scale toys such as the Laser Pistol, the boxed items from the original installment of the Star Wars line were ground breaking. Not only did we see incredible replication of the items from the movie, we also saw Kenner go into new space with ancillary items for the series such as playsets. The vehicles are some of the most recognizable toys in the world and are truly ahead of their time in design and detail. Overall the first movie only brought us roughly 12 items in this realm, but the success would lead to an expansion of these products with subsequent movies.
Tie Fighter – AFA 75 – $1100 – Tie Fighter AFA 75
X-Wing – AFA80 – $1350 – X-Wing AFA
Cantina Adventure Set – Open – C7 – $938 – Cantina Adventure Set
Laser Pistol – AFA85 – $895 – Laser Pistol
Landspeeder AFA85 – $1200ish –Landspeeder
Like most toy-lines of the day the Holiday Catalogs and the Catalog Channel as a whole was a major part of the overall distribution strategy for any retail manufactures. The Catalog Channel played an integral role in not only the distribution of the product, but also in creating unique offerings for the consumers, specifically in the way of Figure Multi-Packs. By creating unique offerings of figures they created their own sub genre in the hobby which albeit a niche, is still popular today.
Boba Fett Mailer – AFA80 – $550 – Boba Fett Mailer Graded
ANH Fett Luke X-Wing two pack – $1153 – Fett Luke Two Pack
ANH Han, Luke, Chewy, Leia, Jawa 4-Pack Mailer – AFA85 – $895(BIN) – ANH 4-Pack Catalog Mailer Han Chewy Leia Jawa
Greedo Blue Snaggletooth Two Pack – AFA85 – $1358 – Greedo Blue Snaggletooth Two Pack
Greedo Red Snaggletooth Two Pack – AFAU85 – $260 – Greedo Red Snaggletooth Two Pack
Blue Snaggletooth – AFA90 – $1100 – Blue Snaggletooth
A quick mention on the Die Cast line, it was a short lived venture that started with the Star Wars line and continued on through the early stages of the ESB line. The run had some success, especially given the dynamics of that niche at the time. Here we have a few items that came out in that first run with the Star Wars toyline.
Darth Vader Tie Fighter – AFA85Y – $361 – Darth Vader Tie Fighter
Tie Fighter- AFA85 – $439 – Tie Fighter Die Cast
Millennium Falcon MISB – C8.5 – $316 – Millennium Falcon
Y-Wing MISB – C8 – $240 – Y-Wing
This month we have a three special items that I wanted to give some attention to. A super rare item, a cool and unique but not so rare item, and finally an auction that brings some of the crazy MOC prices back into perspective.
Jawa 8 Pack of MOC Figures – ANH – Foreign? – $2800 – Jawa MOC Set
Well not exactly the most rare item, it’s definitely not overly common to find a sealed set of Meccano Jawa figures. These particular items are unique in their own way and really don’t fit into any categorization amongst collectors.
X-Wing Prototype with Instructions and Box – $8000 – X-Wing Prototype
The most intriguing piece to come up on the market in quite some time, this version of an X-Wing prototype is really unique given how close it is to the finished product. With most of colors represented it’s very close to the production run of the X-Wing. A very interesting piece to surface and quite the price it demanded in the market thus making it one of my personal favorites to appear on the MW in sometime.
Set of 12 Back MOCs – C6-C8 – $10,500 – 12 Back MOC Set
Lastly we have perspective….
A set of the original 12 in decent condition going for a strong retail price, nothing too out of the norm but at the same time these figures weren’t really cheap either. It’s a great way to close out our items for the month as it brings us full circle from the$4000 Boba Fett we covered off at the beginning of the post.
That’s it for this month’s edition, happy holidays and be sure to check back for the update on Yoda, and the upcoming general updates, in January reviewing the Holiday rush, and in February looking at the state of the hobby in 2014.