Episode 51: Lobot

39349: Lobot

Now we are moving into well into the background characters. Lobot was an interesting figure as a kid – his hand held the Bespin blaster perfectly (always a plus as a kid). He could also command a squadron of stormtroopers – and then fight against them (double agent of sorts !!). That robotic element on his head was a pretty cool feature.

Now onto the MarketWatch for Lobot. An interesting collection for the month. Prices were pretty reasonable. And was able to find a few cards covered in POTF stickers and clearance price tags – you get the feeling Lobot was still on the shelves when the POTF2 line hit toy shops. And a first for the MarketWatch – an autographed MOC !!!

Empire Strikes Back

41A AFA80 (C75/B85/F85) $180 – eBay link

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41A AFA80 (C80/B85/F80) $164 eBay link

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41A ungraded $122.49 – eBay link

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41B ungraded $131.50 – eBay link

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41D ungraded $79.90 – eBay link

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41D ungraded (with bonus John Hollis autograph) $107.50 – eBay link

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41D ungraded $45.99 – eBay link

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45 AFA85Y (C80/B85/F85) ~$280 eBay link

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48D ungraded $54.99 eBay link

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Return of the Jedi
77A ungraded $121.50 – eBay link

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77A ungraded (with Coin offer) $42.25 – eBay link

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77A ungraded (with Coin offer) $48.43 – eBay link

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Foreign
Trilogo $75 – eBay link

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Palitoy 41 back ungraded ~$250 – eBay link

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Episode 49: Dengar

39329: Dengar

It’s been an interesting move from the 31/32 back figures through to the figures first released on the 41 cardback. It was fair to say that almost all of the first 11 figures of the ESB line are pretty well coveted, with Hoth Han, Snowtrooper, Luke & Leia in the Bespin fatigues and Yoda all the subject go many foci. Even FX-7 seems to generate a high level of interest . However the figures first released on the 41 back (in the main) are where the collecting gets a little more niche, and competion for items really starts to drop off. In saying that, though, I’m often surprised at the level of sales for these “background” figures, and there we’re enough Dengar MOCs sold to produce a good report this month.

And with Dengar being a bounty hunter, his interest is bound to be a little higher than Ugnaught. I did manage to almost complete a theoretical run of Dengar with the month’s data. There aren’t a lot of graded examples out there, which I wonder if linked to the fact the bubble crushes pretty easy, and thus any overall grade will be impacted.

Enough of the background chatter, here is the data for the month (fair to say there was little inflation in these pieces relative to some of the other figures we’ve seen in recent months).

Empire Strikes Back

41A Ungraded $81.55 – eBay auction

41A ungraded

41A ungraded

41A Ungraded $52.00 – eBay auction

41A ungraded

41A ungraded

41A ii back 41A ii figure

41C AFA75 Y-EX+NM (C80 / B75 / F85) $122.50 – eBay auction

41C AFA75Y

41C AFA75Y

41c AFAY75 back

41E AFA80 (C80 / B80 / F80) $232.50 eBay auction

One of only a few graded figures in this month’s data. The quality of this card is probably worth the $200+ price tag, he’s not an easy character to find with a clear uncrushed bubble.

41E AFA80

41E AFA80

41E AFA80 cardback

41E AFA75Y – EX+/NM (C75 / B80 / F85) $204.19 – eBay auction

  41E AFA75Y

41E AFA75Y

41E AFA75Y

41E Ungraded $68.00 – eBay auction

41E ungraded

41E ungraded

41e ungraded back

45 Ungraded $42.00 – eBay auction

45A Ungraded

45A Ungraded

45 bubble 45 back

47 Ungraded $112.50 – eBay auction

47 Ungraded

47 Ungraded

47 ungraded back

48B Ungraded $127.50 – eBay auction 

48B ungraded

48B ungraded

48B ungraded back

48C Ungraded $24.28 – eBay auction

I haven’t gone back and checked, but this feels like one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) MOC’s I’ve listed on the blog. This isn’t far off pricing for a modern MOC (well in Australia at least).

48C ungraded

48C ungraded

48C ungraded back

All in all some pretty cheap offerings, if Dengar was in your interest set. His debut card seems pretty cheap, given a lot people like the debut card when completing runs of MOCs this was a little surprising. Though offer less cards are also often coveted, and thus the 41A with its Survival kit offer might be a reason for slightly subdued interest.

The few graded MOCs seemed reasonably priced, given the bubble quality, though the 41C (AFA75-Y) was probably $50 or so over priced, given the yellowing of the bubble. The 41C AFA75, was a pretty good deal at $122.50.

Return of the Jedi

48D AFA80 (C80 / B80 / F80) $151.00 – eBay auction

48D AFA80
48D AFA80

 48D AFA80 back

77A Ungraded $60.00 – eBay auction

Always like finding these MOCs with the Coin offer sticker and multiple price tags. Looks like this guy spent some serious time warming the pegs.

77A ungraded

77A ungraded

77a ungraded back

Foreign

Palitoy 45 ungraded $700 – eBay auction

Palitoy 45 back ungraded

Palitoy 45 back ungraded

Palitoy back

Episode 42 – Imperial Snowtrooper (Hoth battle gear)

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 AFA85 NM+

31A AFA85 NM+

31A AFA85 NM+ cardback

31A AFA85 NM+ cardback

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 AFA85 NM+

31A AFA85 NM+

31A AFA85 NM+ - cardback

31A AFA85 NM+ – cardback

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 AFA80 NM

31A AFA80 NM

31A AFA80 NM - cardback

31A AFA80 NM – cardback

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.

31A ungraded

31A ungraded

31A ungraded - cardback

31A ungraded – cardback

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

32B ungraded

32B (ungraded) cardback

32B (ungraded) cardback

32B ungraded $99 – eBay auction

32A (ungraded)

32B (ungraded)

32A figure

32B figure

32A ungraded (cardback)

32B ungraded (cardback)

41A ungraded $163.55 – eBay auction

41A ungraded

41A ungraded

41A ungraded

41A ungraded

41E  AFA80NM (C85/B80/F85) $261.00 – eBay auction

41E AFA80 NM

41E AFA80 NM

41E AFA80NM

41E AFA80NM

47 ungraded $280 – eBay auction

47 (ungraded) cardback

47 (ungraded) cardback

47 (ungraded) figure

47 (ungraded) figure

47 (ungraded)

47 (ungraded)

48C AFA85NM+ (C85/B85/F85) $482.53 – eBay auction

48C AFA85 NM+

48C AFA85 NM+

48C AFA85 NM+ - cardback

48C AFA85 NM+ – cardback

Return of the Jedi

77A ungraded $91.00 – eBay auction

77A (ungraded)

77A (ungraded)

77A (ungraded) cardback

77A (ungraded) cardback

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

Imperial Attack Base - label

Imperial Attack Base – label

Imperial Attack Base

Imperial Attack Base

Imperial Attack Base

Imperial Attack Base

Imperial Attack Base

Imperial Attack Base

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)

Canadian Imperial Attach Base - contents

Canadian Imperial Attach Base – contents

Canadian Imperial Attack Base

Canadian Imperial Attack Base

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 $$.

INT - 4 ungraded

INT – 4 ungraded

INT-4 back

Episode 40 – Leia Organa (Bespin gown)

39720 – Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

Lots and lots of 31 back examples in my data for the period. I even managed to find the same figure which was then resold 6 weeks later. That figure in question achieved a much higher price second time around – which goes to show the vagaries of our so called ‘market’. After the 31 back, things got a little rarer for Leia, couldn’t find any EB with the Survival Kit offer or the Ackbar offer (at this point there is no doubt a Leia focus collector yelling at me about why I can’t enunciate which figures are rare or other wise for Leia).

I thought  the prices were pretty reasonable for this figure. Here’s the summary

31B AFA80 – $350.00 (or $202 if you’d bought it 6 weeks earlier)

31B AFA80 – $244.50

31B ungraded – $152.50

32B ungraded – $125.00

41B – $211.50

41D – $89.89

77A AFA80 – $149.00

And here’s the detail:

31B AFA80 (C80/B85/F85) $350eBay auction

Now I also found this same figure that sold 6 weeks earlier in March 2013. It sold at that time for $202.00 – eBay auction

31B AFA80

31B AFA80

31B AFA80 cardback

31B AFA80 cardback

Here’s the images for the same figure – different seller and much lower price

31B AFA80 - cardback

31B AFA80 – cardback

31B AFA80

31B AFA80

31B AFA80 - label

31B AFA80 – label

31B AFA80 (C80/B80/F85) $244.50eBay auction

Seller uses the term “AFA encased”

31 AFA80 - front II

31B AFA80 cardback

31B AFA80 cardback

31B ungraded $152.50 – eBay auction

31B ungraded

31B ungraded

31B ungraded - cardback

31B ungraded – cardback

32B AFA85 (C80/B85/F85) ~$429.00eBay auction

32B AFA85

32B AFA85

32B AFA85 - cardback

32B AFA85 – cardback

32B ungraded $125.00eBay auction

32B ungraded - cardback

32B ungraded – cardback

32B ungraded

32B ungraded

32B ungraded

32B ungraded

41B AFA80Y (C80/B85/F85) $211.50eBay auction

41B AFA80Y

41B AFA80Y

41D ungraded – $89.89eBay auction

fairly rough shape – yellow blister / pen marking / veining

41D ungraded

41D ungraded

41D ungraded

41D ungraded

Return of the Jedi

77A – AFA80 (C80/B85/F80) $149.00eBay auction

77A AFA80 - cardback

77A AFA80 – cardback

77A AFA80

77A AFA80

Episode 38 – Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)

39790 – Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)

Another month and another one of my favorite figures. I knew the original 10 ESB figures were going to be a highlight for me, and Hoth Han was no exception. I have a small focus of this character myself and there were a few pieces this month that would have been stunning additions to that collection. There’s certainly a mixed and varied selection of items, from ‘ordinary” cardback variations right through foreign items and a one of a kind chromalin.

Summary

31A AFA80 – $281

31A ungraded – $138.50

31A ungraded (molded leg) – $399

32A ungraded – $125

41B ungraded – $125.50

41C ungraded – $106.49

47A AFA80 – $300

Spanish – El Imperio Contraataca Ungraded – $4,000 (WOW!!!)

Trilogo ungraded – $150

POTF – Chromalin – Approx. $3,000

Great assortment – not quite a full run, but certainly the main

 

31A AFA80 NM (C85/B80/F85) $281 – eBay link

31A Front

31A Front

31A Back

31A Back

31A Label

31A Label

31A Ungraded $138.50 – eBay link

31A Front

31A Front

31A Back

31A Back

31A (Molded Legs) Ungraded $399

This was listed on Rebelscum either up for trade or for sale. I’ll assume the price was paid at $399 (first time I’ve been able to include a sale from Rebelscum in a post for the month). I did look at this example and came close to jumping on it, though I do have a 31A with Molded Legs (my version has the POP neatly removed from the back (can’t see from the front) but the cardboard square was then colored in with felt pen).

31A Molded Legs

31A Molded Legs

31A Molded Legs

31A Molded Legs

31A Molded Legs (back)

31A Molded Legs (back)

32A Ungraded $120 – eBay link

32 A Front

32 A Front

32A Back

32A Back

32A Ungraded $80 – eBay link

Pretty rough example with a major price sticker tear / yellow bubble and figures crossed out on the back. The 32A isn’t the easiest cardback to find and for $80 its probably a decent placeholder in a collection (though I’ll admit I would let this pass and wait for a better example).

32A back

32A back

32A Front

32A Front

41B Ungraded $125.50 – eBay link

41B Front

41B Front

41B Back

41B Back

41C Ungraded (yellow bubble) $106.49 – eBay link

41C (yellow bubble)

41C (yellow bubble)

41C Back

41C Back

47A AFA80 NM (C85/B80/F85) $300 – eBay link

47A Front

47A Front

47A Label

47A Label

Foreign

Spanish – El Imperio Contraataca Ungraded $4,000 – eBay link

El Imperio - cardback

El Imperio – cardback

El Imperio - MOC

El Imperio – MOC

Trilogo Ungraded $150 – eBay link

Trilogo (ungraded)

Trilogo (ungraded)

Trilogo (Back)

Trilogo (Back)

Prototype

POTF – Chromalin – Approx. $3,000 – eBay listing

POTF Chromalin

POTF Chromalin

POTF - Chromalin

POTF – Chromalin