Happy March Space Freaks!
This month on the MarketWatch Monthly we have a general update of the market and some of the more notable items that have been up in the market in the February/March timeframe.
Seal show – the items that never made it out of the package.
This month on the Seal Show we have a diverse offering of toys from Electronic games, to staples of the vintage line, to off shoots from the core line of toys and all points in between. This is a bit of a hodge podge this month, but I hope you enjoy some of the unique items we found on the market.
Our first auction is an interesting piece to feature, the original Atari Return of the Jedi cartridge MISB. We never really cover these as part of the Vintage line, but I’m officially taking these back and incorporating them into the Vintage lineage going forward, as really this is the evolution of Toys into the digital world.
Atari – Return of the Jedi Cartridge MISB – C9 – $273 Atari ROTJ Cartridge MISB
Our second items come as a pair, as they are a quick showcase of two really great items that ended a few weeks back. Another part of Rebel Scum Emporiums auctions from Q1 these were some of the last auctions to get picked up. The key piece to mention here is the ESB Tie Fighter, definitely one of the more difficult to find pieces especially in the condition we find it in here.
Darth Vader Diecast Tie Fighter – C9 – $223 Darth Vader Diecast Tie Fighter
ESB Diecast Tie Fighter – C9 – $599 ESB Diecast Tie Fighter
Moving on down the line we have two great staples of the hobby, the CS version of the Landspeeder and the original SW Millennium Falcon. The SW Landspeeder is such a great toy and one of the most recognizable in the line. We saw a good showing on price here as that $300 price tag is right on for an AFA80, worth mentioning once in a while I’m sure we’ll see this piece again on the MW in the coming year.
Landspeeder Collectors Series – AFA80 – $324 Landspeeder AFA 80 CS
Not forgetting our large Corelian ship, we have for I believe the 2nd time only a sealed Falcon for review on the MarketWatch. Due to it’s size and price finding a sealed Falcon from the original SW release is quite the feet, especially over the past few years as the market has been really dry on this piece. A great showing on price and an iconic piece overall, the Falcon could be the most recognizable (non-figure) toy in the series
Millennium Falcon SW Sealed – AFA80 – $3800 Millennium Falcon SW AFA80
Open to the public? – Loose and Opened items.
Coming off a full update on the loose side of the hobby, we have a very focused update for March with only two auctions getting call outs.
Our first comes off the heels of the Lili Ledy featured items last month. Given that we were able to feature four of the five extremely popular Lili Ledy Variants, I wanted to showcase the fifth, that being the super rare Red Cloak Bib Fortuna. This piece has always had a special place in US collectors hearts, as it’s featured in a number of photo samples and even in some production photos, bringing up the question, why didn’t we get the red cape Bib in the states? Although I can’t speculate on why this occurred, I would venture a guess that between the SWCA.com and Rebel Scum you should be able to do your own research on this piece. This particular item is graded with a COA from Tom Derby, the retail is a bit high from where I’ve seen these land in the last few years, but still in line with FMV.
Lili Ledy Red Cape Bib Fortuna – AFA85 with COA – $1488 Lili Ledy Red Cape Bib Fortuna with COA
Following up to our Lili Ledy figure we have another great foreign company example the walking R2D2 from Takara. Know not only for the Star Wars line Takara is one of the biggest toy producers in the Eastern Hemisphere with hundreds of great lines produced over the years. Here we have a graded version of the figure receiving an AFA85 overall and a strong price point of $310.
Takara Walking R2-D2 Loose – AFA85 – $310 – Takara Walking R2D2 AFA
Pete’s Picks – The rare and/or super expensive….
This month there are three specific auctions I wanted to highlight. This showcases some of the most unique and most difficult items to find in the hobby. From a 12” prototype, to a Canadian rarity these are a few of the most unique items show up on the market in the last month.
Leia Organa Bespin 12 Inch Box Prototype – AFA85 – $6000
Leia Bespin 12 Inch Box Prototype= Rare and Expensive
One of the, if not the most sought after item in the 12” Series is the Leia Bespin Figure or for that matter any of the new figures from ESB Large Format release. With only IG-88 making it shelves all we have of the other items is preproduction and mock ups. Here we have the box for Leia Bespin, the boxes were truly incredible when it came to the 12” line. With more images and scenes then their 3” counterparts they made the line more exciting and visually stimulating. This particular piece was graded with an overall grade of AFA85. A truly unique item for only the high end collector, it should be noted the price came down from the original listing by $4000.
Anakin Skywalker POTF MOC – AFA80Y – $5500
Anakin Skywalker POTF MOC= Rare and Expensive
Along with Yak Face, the MOC Anakin figure is the only other truly rare MOC from the last 17 release. With no circulation in the US and most countries abroad, the Anakin figure was released exclusively in Australia. Thus they are few and far between in terms of availability and especially in good condition. Want to turn that up a notch, try finding a clear bubble Anakin Skywalker – only 6 exist in the AFA database and most have turned yellow since.
R2-D2 Wind-Up MOC Canadian Version – AFA85 – $5500
R2-D2 Wind Up Canadian= Rare and Expensive
The Wind-Up R2-D2 is truly unique and another take on everyone’s garbage can shaped droid. With the majority of these coming overseas from Takara, find a Canadian version is quite rare and as one can see very expensive. With an overall grade of 85 the price tag is fitting for the R2-D2 focus collector that already has everything R2 already, in fact a certain collector comes to mind when I see this piece in particular, oh let’s say someone with a round room painted like R2… Anyway a cool piece in great condition at for a boat load of cash is definitely worth mentioning.
That brings us to the end of the March MarketWatch Update. Next month we’ll have our regular update in a shortened fashion along with an important article on pricing called “This is reality – please come back to it”. A segment that will focus on the average values amongst different categories of items on the market today. Call it a baseline, but it’s really just meant to bring us all to the same page in terms of what true fair market values look like in 2014.