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 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