39750 – Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear)
Before I start the summary for the month I just thought I’d take a minute to say thanks to all the regular readers of our blog. This week we passed 10,000 views. We seem to have hit a steady readership with somewhere between 300-400 readers per month. The readership is quite varied across the globe. So thanks again for the support.
Now to this month’s figure. I’ll be interested to hear Skye and Steve talk about this figure. I actually quite like him and given he’s a Hoth figure a natural favorite for me. But while he was a favorite of mine he is also somewhat representative of Imperial fodder. So while his “battle” ability was not something to get too excited (punching commands into his transponder and shooting that laser cannon, or running back to the Hoth base to escape, among those skills) it was the defeat at Hoth that really helped set the movie / trilogy up. The Imperials regained superiority and the “underdog” tag was restored to the fledgling Rebels. Anyway that is my brief movie thought, now over to the sales activity for this vintage figure ….
Back in 2006 I picked up a 31B graded AFA70 for $77, I then upgraded him a few months later with an AFA80 NM for $141. Some 7 years later and we’ve seen a decent increase, though after mining the data for this month it doesn’t seem his value is increasing like some of the other Empire figures.
We had the usual high priced AFA85 item to kick things off with a $410 sale for a beautiful unpunched straight 85 example. Really a beautiful figure and great display piece. There was a 50% drop to an AFA80 (unpunched) as well – though this sold through BIN and really I think the seller left $100 or so on the table. Rounding out the 31B debut card lot was an ungraded, in fairly average condition (not to mention two price stickers). This sold for $125, which wasn’t too bad, but clearly the BIN AFA80 example would have been an ideal buy out of this assortment. The 31 backs have really inflated in recent months, but I’d say the Rebel Soldier was at the lower end of the rises.
There was a big drop off to $43 for the 32 back – but with the card having quite a bad crease it wasn’t too surprising. Though it does show there is still attainable cardbacks out there, and if you cased that figure up and displayed it, it really wouldn’t look too bad at all.
I didn’t have much luck with the 41 backs – though I did find an example of the 41B, which went for $160. A pretty decent price, but given I am currently in the market for a 41B for Luke Bespin and I am struggling to find too many examples, I’m thinking there is a little rarity with these cardbacks, hence the higher price. I did manage to track the 2 ESB 48 backs with the Ackbar offer – the 48A and 48B. I love these two cardbacks and how the difference revolves around the color used on the printing on the header for the cardback. Try explaining that to your Wife when she says “you have this one already” !!! These were ungraded and sold for what I’d consider fairly cheap pricing.
I found a couple of very nice Trilogos that sold, but with one selling for around $240 and the other in the low $100’s there was a fair price differential, for what seems like not too different a set of cardbacks.
Lastly there was a beautiful Revenge proof, graded that sold for $335. Good pricing for a pre-production piece that has been graded.
All in all a decent spectrum of examples and pricing across the sample for the month. As expected his pricing hasn’t got too out of hand for the average collector. The 31B AFA85 is a beautiful example and I’m sure the owner of that was very happy to snag it.
Here’s the detail for the month:
Empire Strikes Back
31B AFA 85 NM+ (C85/B85/F85) $410 – eBay link
31B AFA80 NM (C80/B80/F80) $200 – eBay link
31B ungraded $124.99 – eBay link
32B ungraded $43.00 – eBay link
41B ungraded $160.49 – eBay link
48A ungraded $81.00 – eBay link
48B ungraded $39.00 – eBay link
TriLogo ungraded $239.50 – eBay link
Trilogo ungraded $106.30 – eBay link
48D Proof AFA85 $335 – eBay link
Radar Laser Cannon AFA80NM $104.49 – eBay link