39740 Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
As I work my through these figures for the Market Watch I keep learning (correcting mistakes from my childhood). I would have bet this figures was the “Snowtrooper” but all the cardbacks I came across for the MW have him clearly labelled as “Imperial Stormtrooper”. Oh well – correction made !! It’s also interesting that the word “Imperial” is used, but the traditional Stormtrooper didn’t get the “Imperial” pre-ceding his name. Anyway – just some observations.
In this month’s summary I couldn’t help myself and branched out a little to some Imperial Stormtrooper related items. This was the only figure I had as a kid in multiples. I also had the Imperial Attack Base, so its a natural favorite of mine. The selection was pretty good, and as Pete and I have been reporting, the market is certainly continues to power, the 31 backs for the “Snowtrooper” attracted some very decent pricing.
As always here’s the summary, with the detail to follow:
31A AFA85 – $695.88
32B (ungraded) – $250
41A (ungraded) – $163.55
41E AFA80 – $261.00
47 (ungraded) – $280.00
48C AFA85 – $482.53
77A ungraded – $91.00
Empire Strikes Back
31A AFA85NM+ (C85/B85/F85) $695.88 – eBay auction
Straight 85’s – always attracts the ‘high rollers’. I still wonder if these buyers remain happy with spending so much on one figure. I can only imagine they only buy 85’s or higher, so they really don’t know what they are missing. Many 80’s are in great condition, and the 75’s can often be very reasonable condition.
31A AFA85NM+ (C85/B85/F85)$660.00 – eBay auction
Very nice piece, though I personally wouldn’t be paying that kind of money for a card that has been punched. Each to their own though.
31A AFA80NM (C80/B85/F85) $670.00 – eBay auction
This is an auction listed by Jeff, from Jeff’s Collectibles. His auctions are great to watch (unless you actually want to buy the item) as he starts them low and almost always gets a solid to high price. His auction ending times seem to be well timed and the low auction start is a great idea. Pete listed some eBay / selling thoughts a few months ago – anyway serious about selling MOC’s / AFA items really should watch how Jeff does it. And his shipping / packing is second to none.
31A ungraded $79.95 – eBay auction
The back of the card has a tear, but compared to the high prices of the graded versions, this was a steal. The auction lasted 15 minutes as a BIN – the seller left a few dollars on the table. Again, best to run auctions starting at 99c, I’m sure he would have got more than $80.
So in summary I’d say there has been a fair inflation of this item in the past few months. Whilst I don’t have specific data, apart from my own 31A (AFA80) that I purchased back in 2006 for $200, these prices are well above what we would have seen a year ago.
Other ESB cardbacks
32B ungraded $250 – eBay auction
32B ungraded $99 – eBay auction
41A ungraded $163.55 – eBay auction
41E AFA80NM (C85/B80/F85) $261.00 – eBay auction
47 ungraded $280 – eBay auction
48C AFA85NM+ (C85/B85/F85) $482.53 – eBay auction
Return of the Jedi
77A ungraded $91.00 – eBay auction
Playsets / Mini Rigs
Whilst not specifically Imperial Snowtrooper items I have added in a few items where the figure gets a run in the packaging. I’m sure the multiple instances of the figure on multiple playsets / vehicles resulted in a lot of multiple purchases of the figure. As I kid aI had quite a few Imperial Snowtroopers, but only one Stormtrooper, I’m sure this was linked to the fact I had the IMperial Attack Base and I “needed” to have multiple instances of the figures.
Imperial Attack Base AFA75 EX+/NM $228.50 – eBay auction
Canadian Imperial Attack Base $175 – eBay auction
Just for Skye, so he can pronounce “imperial Attack Base” in French and so he can drool and wish he’d bought it (and I’ll admit I would have loved a Canadian version of this kit)
INT-4 ungraded $40.50 – eBay auction
The box is in great condition, its not that easy to find these without the front flap having been folded. The rebate offer is also a nice addition to the pack and helps push the price up a few $$.