Episode 45: Bespin Security Guard

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 AFA80

31A AFA80

31A ungraded $51 – eBay link

31A cardback
31A ungraded

31A ungraded

31A cardback

31A cardback

32A ungraded – Clear Bubble $69 – eBay link

32A front

32A front

32A cardback

32A cardback

Further sale that reinforces that this guy can be bought fairly cheap….

32A ungraded – Clear bubble $52 – eBay link

32A front

32A front

32A cardback

32A cardback

41E ungraded $40.88 – eBay link

41E cardback

41E cardback

41E cardback

41E ungraded cardfront

41E ungraded cardfront

47A ungraded – Yellowed bubble $20.50 – eBay link

47A front

47A front

47A cardback

47A cardback

48A AFA80 NM (C80/B85/F85) approx $200 – eBay link

48A AFA80

48A AFA80

48B ungraded $40 – eBay link

48B ungraded

48B ungraded

48B ungraded cardback48C ungraded $63 – eBay link

48C ungraded

48C ungraded

48C ungraded back

48C ungraded side

Return of the Jedi cardback

48D ungraded $34.99 – eBay link

48D ungraded

48D ungraded

48D figure 48D back

77 ungraded $39 – eBay link

rotj 77 bubble

77 ungraded with Coin offer

77 ungraded with Coin offer

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

AFA90 NM/MT+

AFA90 NM/MT+

AFA85 $46.38 – eBay link

AFA85

AFA85

AFA80 NM $21.51 – eBay link

AFA80

AFA80

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Episode 41 – FX-7 (Medical Droid)

39730 – FX-7 (Medical Droid)

It is funny to notice all the variations to these cards as I compile these monthly updates for the ‘chivecast (yes Skye I like the original name for the podcast). It seems Kenner believed that the toy buying public knew who FX-7 was by the time they got into the late ESB cards, with “(Medical Droid)” dropped from his name plate. I suppose back in 1981/2 he was the most famous Medical Droid out there!!

I wasn’t sure how this run would go, but again I’m surprised that there was a good aray of cards across the whole line that changed hands over eBay in recent months. I’m actually chasing a decent 31 back to round off a full set of the 10 ESB characters released on the 31 backs.

Here is the summary for the month:

31A AFA80Y – $192.45

31A ungraded – $46.00

41D AFA80 – $170.01

45A ungraded – $114.00

47A ungraded – $78.50

48C AFA – $142.45

77A AFA80Y – $130.62

77B ungraded – $29.26

And here’s the detail:

31A AFA80-Y NM (C80/B85/F85) $192.45 – eBay Auction (99c auction)

31A AFA80

31A AFA80

31A label

31A label

31A AFA80 cardback

31A AFA80 cardback

31A ungraded $46 – eBay Auction

31A ungraded

31A ungraded

31A cardback

31A cardback

41D AFA80 NM (C80/B85/F80) $170.01 – eBay Auction

41D AFA80

41D AFA80

41D label

41D label

45A Back ungraded $114 – eBay auction

45A

45A

45A cardback

45A cardback

47A ungraded $78.50 – eBay auction

47A

47A ungraded

47A cardback

47A cardback

48A ungraded $55.88 – eBay Auction

48A ungraded

48A ungraded

48A cardback

48A cardback

48C AFA75 EX+/NM (C75/B85/F90) $142.45 – eBay Auction

48C AFA75

48C AFA75

48C AFA75 label

48C AFA75 label

48C AFA75 cardback

48C AFA75 cardback

Group lot ungraded ESB figures (R2-D2 / Lando Calrissian / Han Solo / FX-7 / Power Droid $388.00 – eBay auction

Group lot - FX-7 Group lot Group lot - Backs

The FX-7 in this lot was a 31 Back.

Return of the Jedi

77A AFA80-Y NM (C80/B85/F85) $130.62 – eBay Auction

77A AFA80-Y cardback

77A AFA80-Y cardback

77A AFA80-Y

77A AFA80-Y

77A AFA label

77A AFA label

77B ungraded (POP removed) $29.26 – eBay auction

77B ungraded

77B ungraded

77B (crushed bubble)

77B (crushed bubble)

77B cardback

77B cardback