Episode 52: Leia (Hoth outfit)

The months trickle on as we vacillate between background character and main character in different outfits. Leia Hoth is a great figure. The cardback is great, it works so well with the actual figure standing next to her. It’s like that was the photo they used to sculpt the figure from.

I wasn’t sure what I’d find this month, a main character but just not sure how hard she is to find. I’m sure there will be a few crazy prices – given the state of the market.

Let’s begin …..

Empire Strikes Back

41A AFA80 (C75/B85/F85) $306.88 – eBay listing

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41A AFA70 (C80/B60/F85) $200 – eBay link

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Now here’s a few 41D’s. The price increase as the quality improves is quite marked ….
Ungraded (clear bubble) but rough card $82.88eBay link

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Ungraded (yellow bubble) $150 eBay link

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As we move to a graded version we get a decent price bump …

41D AFA80 (C80/B85/F80) $365.66 eBay link

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And now it gets crazy … Got to love the AFA85 pieces !!!
41D AFA85 (C85/B90/F85) $1,075 eBay link

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So we’ve gone from under $100 for an ungraded, rough but clear bubble to over $1k, having straight 85’s or better really pushed the price on this piece. Personally I thought the $360odd for the AFA80 looks like much better value. Each to their own.

45 AFA80Y approx $299 – eBay listing

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47A ungraded $177.50 eBay link

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Return of the Jedi

65B ungraded $182.50 – eBay link

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77A ungraded $139.99 – eBay link

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77A ungraded – eBay listing

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Loose graded

AFA90 NM+ $99.99 – eBay listing

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All in all a nice selection. The AFA85 41D was pretty crazy, but that’s the theme these days – high grade + main character = big price. But with all the hype and big prices, there are still a number of decent pieces at reasonable prices to be had. Certainly researching, and not being hung up on an “AFA85” piece will put you in a decent position to pick up pieces at a much more affordable price range.

Till next month……

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

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 33 – Power Droid

39090 – Power Droid

On an initial glance you ask yourself “why did they make this figure?”. But then you remember it was the 70’s – robots seemed pretty futuristic and I imagine adding droids to the collection helped give Star Wars that sci-fi feel. Then you actually play with this little guy and realise how neat he is, especially the “click click” (or “gonk gonk”). He actually appeared in all three Original Trilogy films – popping up in places such as the Sandcrawler, Death Star, Echo Base & even Jabba’s dungeon (being tortured no less !!).

He must be a popular figure as there were a high level of sales this month – and a great range across all three movie cardbacks and of course plenty of AFA items ….

Star Wars cardback

20G – AFA75 (C75 / B75 / F85) – $251.51 – eBay link

20G – AFA75

20D – non-graded – $136 – eBay link

20D – non graded


I’m assuming this was the 20D (which had a black sticker covering the Boba Fett offer on the back) however looks like the sticker was peeled off and took a bit of the cardboard with it.

20D – ungraded (with sticker peeled off)

20E – non-graded (c6) – $61 – eBay link

This cardback is pretty rough – but shows for even a relatively small sum of money you can have a figure from the original 20 figures on a Star Wars cardback. If you put this in a clear case (acrylic or starcase) it would look pretty decent and is a great bit of history. However there’s a high chance this was bought and sent off for “U grading”, but we wont go there!

20E – non-graded (C6)

These next two really show the premium buyers will pay for that AFA grading…

21A – Offerless – AFA85 (C85 / B85 / F85) – $405.01 – eBay link

21A – AFA85 (C85/B85/F85)

21A – Offerless – non-graded – $139 – eBay link

21A – non graded

And these next two show the power of an AFA85 – big premium over the AFA75..

21B – Offerless – AFA85 (C85 / B85 / F85) – $680 – eBay link

21B – Offerless – AFA85

21B Back – Offerless – AFA75 (C80 / B75 / F85) – $299.99 – eBay link

21B – Offerless AFA75

Empire Strikes Back cardbacks

I found a few ESB cards with offers. As I’ve mentioned a few times I was initially not a fan of the cardback with offer, but once you get a few you really appreciate them, and its also neat to think to back to the actual time the offer was “in play” and you would send those POP’s away. Waiting for that little white mailer to arrive with the figure seems like an engrained childhood memory for lots of us.

21 Back – Secret figure offer – $53.00

This was actually pretty rough on the back – the “Secret Offer sticker had been partially torn off.

ESB – 21 back with Secret Figure offer

21 Back – Secret figure offer – $127.50

A better example of the card, though I’ll admit I prefer the offer sticker design on the previous example

ESB – 21 back with Secret figure offer

47 Back – with 4-LOM offer – $51.00

ESB – 47 back with 4-LOM offer

Return of the Jedi cardback

77 Back – $89.99

ROTJ – 77 Back

Other items

Foreign MOC – German 45 Back – $249.95 – eBay link

German 45 back MOC

German 45 back MOC – cardback

Loose graded – U90 – $320.00

U90

POTF Mail-in coin – $384.00

POTF coin

Revenge of the Jedi proof – AFA85 – $232.61 eBay link

I know Skye mentions this but I’m also surprised just how cheap these proofs can go for, given how rare they are. This was a nice example and hopefully went to a focus collector, as a pre-production item in a character focus really helps set it off.

Celebration VI Star Tots – $35.00

CVI – Star Tot

These Star Tots were really well done. Having not attended CVI I didn’t pick any up and I did hear a few stories of just how popular they were. Kudos to the team who put these together.

Keep an eye out for a future post where Pete and I delve into a thorough analysis of the AFA85 / AFA80 / AFA75 to work out where you should spend your money