This is Reality Come Back to it…. Part 1

Happy May June Space Freaks!

It’s been an exciting year for the hobby and collectors across the board, with crazy auctions for unique and rare items, to scandals, to plain great discussions on Rebel Scum and at the Imperial Gunnery.   This has given Michael and myself along with our counterparts on the Chive Cast great fodder to discuss.

But this month I want to take us away from our normal update and focus in on the reality of the new state of collecting, most specifically pricing and the mis-represented status of anomaly auctions, with a feature called, This is reality come back to it…

At first the idea of this article was to document the insane appreciation we’ve seen in the Vintage line over the past few years, via a grid of pricing and conditions that drive it.  However that will have to wait, if not be shelved permanently, as like most pricing grids (guides) they are out of date as soon as they are completed.  Instead I’m going to focus this on a few of the overarching situations where collectors jaws drop to the proverbial ground.  The situations where you have to take a second look and ask yourself, was that an anomaly or is that par for the course in today’s market?

In this month’s article we’ll cover some of the biggest ah-has for today’s collectors in an effort to help level set the community on the reality of some of the most expensive areas of the hobby.   Given all the facets that we could cover this month we’ll just be focusing on the first 3 of 6  with a follow up article along with a New General update coming in Late June.  But let’s cut to the chase and cover 5 of the biggest reality checks when it comes to today’s market.

 

12 Backs – Going Rate

I always hear stories from collectors that have been in the hobby for a lot longer then me state that 12 backs used to be a dime a dozen.   And in the not too distant past that may have been the case, for low grade figures.   However high grade 12 backs

Interesting as there are infinitely more of the first 12 available on Star Wars 12 backs in existence today than on any other cardback, thus showing again rarity and demand are not always directly connected.

–         AFA 12 Back Luke Skywalker = 300+ graded pieces

–         AFA ESB (All Backers) Luke Skywalker = 120 roughly

–         AFA ROTJ (All Backers) Luke Skywalker = 50 roughly

Regardless of their commonality as the most readily available of any Star Wars MOC figures, they continue to drive some of the highest prices of any cardback combination.  Today most 12 backs graded in 80-85 condition drive retails in the $800-1100 range regardless of character.  Of course some characters like Vader have seen AFA85s go for over $2000 in the past year, thus inside this  trend exist certain outliers.

The thing that drives the value in 12 backs is the mis-guided perception that the first release is always the most sought after.  True in  comic books and baseball cards this falsity is mis guided in a toyline that lasted for over 8 years.

Impact of Clear bubble on ROTJ and POTF prices.

The last two lines in the series were the largest and smallest in total quantity of figures  released respectively.  In each series there was a trait that would in years to come define the series from a collectors point of view.   That being the fact that the seals on the figures bubbles improved, but the plastic quality was diminished and thus the vast majority of the figures bubbles turned yellow over time.

When reviewing the AFA database we find that ROTJ MOC graded figures are over 65% yellow, and nearly 80% of POTF figures follow suit with this trait.   That leaves the  minority of each of the series with clear bubbles.   What enhances this is the fact that figures are still “turning” via exposure to sun, heat, moisture, smoke, dust and lack of proper ventilation or storage.   Given that the price of clear bubble figures continues to skyrocket amongst the two lines. In the ROTJ world it can mean a 3-4 times lift in value and with POTF it’s very close with a 3-5 times price increase.

The Reality

POTF Amanaman Yellow AFA80 = $125-150 figure, however with a clear bubble the figure has sold for north of $500 in the last year. With figures like Anakin and Yak Face which are almost non-existent with a clear bubble the prices inflation is even more impressive, given the size of the dollars being talked about and the fact that these two have fewer clear bubble figures by ratio and in absolute value then any of the last 17.

On the ROTJ front we see a lot of appreciation in value in 65-77 and 79 backs as they represent the majority of the yellow bubble figures in the market with roughly 80% of these cardbacks being graded yellow. With 48 backs it’s a bit of a different story as the bubbles don’t have the same yellowing tendencies.   Thus the value increase is more comparable of the last ESB releases vs. the rest of the ROTJ or even the POTF line.

Greedo ROTJ Clear Bubble – C8 Prices through history.

  • Tomart’s Price Guide – Outdated Prior to Print = $35-50 top end.
  • Auction in 2004 =  $120
  • Auction in 2014 =  $250

 

Revenge Proofs – Even if there’s 50 estimated to be in existence for each character, there’s something that most prototypes don’t have, a wide base of collectors actually are trying to collect.   This shows with out a shadow of doubt that a mix between rarity and demand exists that is not exclusively based on just the rarity.   Ex, I want to get a sheet of proof cards for my ROTJ collection, do they exist, Yes, are they obtainable, that’s questionable.  Thus I am searching week in and week out for this piece, no because at the end of the day I would have to know someone who had access to the first generation of sales of these items in order to find one, and the chances of finding a one of a kind vintage item is pretty much unattainable for the average collector (someone outside the inner circle) and the legitimacy of some of those pieces is tough to verify.

Being that Revenge of the Jedi proofs are obtainable in many collectors eyes, the Revenge proofs can demand double of what some of their ROTJ or ESB counterparts do, even if they out number those proof series 10-1 in many cases.  Thus we have a relationship between the perceived obtainability of an item that creates more collectors and thus drives up the price more and more regardless if there are 50 examples out there.

A few recent examples include a Boba Fett proof that went for over $3000 last month, Luke Bespin Proofs going for over $1000 and of course Darth Vader revenge proofs

The Reality:

–         Tertiary Background characters such as Bespin Guards, and Lobot demand roughly $200-$300.

–         Secondary characters such as Greedo, Bossk, IG-88 and others usually realize prices of $250-$400.

–         Primary characters – Luke, Leia, Han, and others usually realize prices of $400-$800

–         Anomalies- Rebel Commander, Boba Fett, Vader, Yoda and the two misprints consistently sell for $600-Several Thousand when it comes to the Fett man

That wraps up our update for this month, check back next month for our normal Monthly Updates for June and for the next phase of come back to reality where we cover, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, High Grade AFA.

Until then, Wampa Wampa;

FB24

 

February MarketWatch Overview Monthly Update

Happy February 2014 Space Freaks!

This month on the MarketWatch Monthly Update we’ll touch on a subject we introduced last year, The Economic State of the Hobby.    In addition we’ll showcase the new format of the MarketWatch Monthly Update with the reoccurring sections we’ll be featuring this year, Open to the Public, The Seal Show, and Pete’s Picks.

So last year I proposed a big question, “how do we measure the economic state of our hobby?” I gave a few things that I think are really critical to the hobby from an economic standpoint, and would be driving factors at the long and short term outlook for the hobby:

  • Appreciation of items over time
  • Demographic trends
  • General Collection Trends (Toys, Action Figures, Vintage vs. Modern etc)

A year later I don’t think there’s that much of a difference in how you can we should be looking at the economic future of the hobby.   At this point there are a lot of factors that will impact the hobby on a more macro scale, the main one being the release of another set of movies.    This will be the biggest driving factor in terms of growth of the hobby in totality as it will be attracting new collectors in, and driving the prices up.    Not a bad situation for a current vintage collector, but for those who are still enamored with finding new acquisitions it will be a tough market in the coming years. 

The change will be welcomed by most as the expansion of the hobby from its evolution in the early days, to the Celebrations of years past has lead to greater knowledge amongst collectors, relationships and a grander appreciate of the hobby on a global scale.

Like a game of musical chairs we are in a hobby of diminishing supply and each new collector brings new opportunity for growth of the hobby, but also fewer items to go around.  Long term this may result in a plateauing or downturn in fair market values if lack of supply drives more collectors out of the hobby.   Do I think we’re there or will be in the near future, NO.  The supplies of production as fortunately when a toyline makes a run of 7-8 years there’s plenty of variety and supply for the general collector.

So a year later the market is still very hot, not much of a change year over year, maybe up 5-10% as we were already seeing incredibly high prices of items in the Sumer of 2012.   The hobby remains one of the biggest in terms of toy collectors and is growing at a strong pace given the strong demographic and age diversity of collectors on a global scale.

Seal show – the items that never made it out of the package.

For the first time we segment the show based on whether it’s open or sealed. A pretty cut and dry aspect that separates collectors and collections.   With the only variant being the last segment, what the MW Monthly Update has become known for, the rare and expensive.  My hope is to get the highlights focused more on the two major segments of collectors out there, with price and rarity diversity, while still giving a few high priced and rare highlights each month via our closing segments.    Please let us know what you think of the new formats.

This month we have a short run of ROTJ sealed MOC figures.  I chose this selection as it was a good month for high quality items in the series and here we have a full sampling of what good ROTJ figures fetch these days. A lot of these have clear bubbles which drives up pricing drastically for the series.  I think most of these are par for the course in terms of value vs. historical trend.  As usual with MOC items the character really drives the value, and we’re lucky enough to have some of the rarer ROTJ figures including several SW release characters that you seldom see in good condition.

Boba Fett ROTJ MOC – AFA80Y – $559 – Boba Fett AFA 80

Boba Fett ROTJ AFA

Stormtrooper 48 Back Kenner with Palitoy Sticker – AFA80 – $202 – Stormtrooper 48 Back Palitoy

Stormtrooper 48 Back Palitoy

Han Solo ROTJ MOC 48 Back – AFA85 – $371 – Han Solo 48 Back

Han Solo 48 Back

Power Droid ROTJ MOC 48 Back – AFA85 – $256 – Power Droid

Power Droid 48 Back ROTJ

Bespin Guard ROTJ MOC 48 Back – AFA80 – $150 – Bespin Guard 48 Back

Bespin Guard White 48 Back ROTJ

Luke Skywalker ROTJ MOC – AFA80 – $401 – Luke Skywalker Tatooine ROTJ

Luke Skywalker ROTJ Tatooine Picture

Yoda ROTJ MOC – AFA80 – $222 – Yoda ROTJ MOC

Yoda ROTJ MOC

Han Solo Glasslite – C6 – $242 – Han Solo Glasslite MOC

Han Solo Glasslite MOC

Open to the public? – Loose and Opened items.

This moth we have a focused loose update with a set of three Lili Ledy Figures and a set of 3 Catalog Mailers.  Across the board prices are up as these are two extremely hot niches in the hobby.   Loose LL figures are at an all time high, even compared with other vintage items.  Catalog mailers has always been a unique niche and with focus collecting at an all time high we really are seeing some crazy prices out there.  The most notable is the 4-Pack ESB Lineart Set that is missing three figures but saw an incredible price realized, why? It’s RARE, we may never see another on market for years to come, thus the interest in an incomplete piece.

Lili Ledy Boushh – C9 – $293   – Lili Ledy Boushh

Lili Ledy Leia Boushh

Lili Ledy Red Cape Squidhead – C9 – $265   – Lili Ledy Red Cape Squidhead

Red Cape Squidhead

Lili Ledy Orange Cape Squidhead – C9 – $282   – Lili Ledy Orange Cape Squidhead

Catalog Mailer 4 Pack – C8 – $809 – ESB Catalog Mailer 4 Pack

ESB Mailer - 4 Pack Luke Bespin

Catalog Mailer 4 Pack – C8 – $465 – ESB Catalog Mailer 4 Pack #2

ESB Mailer - 4 Pack Han Hoth

ESB Lineart Mailer Missing 3 of 4 figures – $1550 – C8 (Packaging and Catalog) – ESB Lineart Incomplete Catalog Mailer

Lineart ESB Mailer - 4 Pack

 

Pete’s Picks – The rare and/or super expensive….

This month there are three specific auctions I wanted to highlight.  They show a bit of diversity in collecting for some items that are relatively rare and one that’s just in really high demand.  Each of our 3 items this month was picked for a unique reason and each is ultimately cool in its own way.

Cloud City – AFA85 – $2247 – Cloud City AFA 85 = Rare and Expensive

The set is simply one of the coolest pieces of cardboard to ever be produced in my mind, thus I’m always a bit biased as I love this piece.   A tough to find piece, it’s extremely difficult to find sealed, with only a few existing in collections that are of this quality today.   The pieces short supply is represented by some quick AFA data as roughly 10 graded examples exist and only a few that received an 85.   A great idea that I wished would have extended into ROTJ with a Cardboard Imperial Bunker or Sarlacc Pit.

Cloud City Playset AFA

Boba Fett SW MOC – AFA85 – $5200 – Boba Fett SW MOC = Expensive

Fett drives prices like no other, not even Vader comes close to seeing costs as high as sought after Fett pieces.   This shows this theory in kind, this is an astounding price even for a SW back Fett, thus we had to showcase a top end price for a staple in the line.  What’s crazy is that this is par for the course with some of today’s prices as AFA85 SW Fetts are seeing prices of  $4500-5000 on eBay.

Boba Fett Star Wars AFA

Han Solo Bespin Revenge Proof  – AFA85 – $590   – Han Bespin Revenge Proof = Not Common

With Revenge proofs we see no more than 50 of each character, if you were to try and translate that to rarity of carded figures for any of the series/character combinations you would be astounded how rare Revenge proofs tend to appear.   Thus we’ve included a Han Bespin that is par for the course to a little high given where Revenge proofs and that character specifically have performed over time.

Han Solo Bespin Revenge Proof

Overall the economic state of the hobby is one of the few things in the world that is looking up and up, we see values increasing, we see interest getting larger and ultimately we see economic factors that support that vintage will not only continue to be relevant; but that it will thrive in the coming years.  With the stock market returning less and less to shareholders and our 401Ks, investing in vintage may be one of the best places to “invest” your money.

Let me finish by saying, I know that the primary focus of most collectors isn’t to invest into Star Wars and get more out of it in the long run.   This is at the core of why this segment continues to grow, as people have an emotional attachment and investment into their collections, the memories, the thoughts and the good feelings we get from our hobby are really at the heart of why, this hobby will continue to thrive in the near and long term future.

Wampa Wampa:

FB24

 

Return of the Jedi Summer Round Up

MarketWatch General Update – Series Review 2013 – Return of the Jedi

Welcome to the second edition of the end of Summer Round up, this installment focusing on Return of the Jedi. Though we haven’t kept up with our original plans for the schedule we’re still trying to get these published as close as we can.

Tough, tough, tough topic, when you talk about scope there’s nothing more difficult than trying to pull together a comprehensive review of the Return of the Jedi toy line.  Let’s just cover the basic numbers, 90 MOC versions including variants (with 4 main backers 48, 65, 77 and 79), 30+ Boxed Items Play sets-Vehicles-Creatures-Mini Rigs-Large Toys, 4 Mailers, 26 Catalog Multipacks, 100+ versions of 2 Packs, the Plush Series, not to mention the 50 figure proofs and several large proofs released for the Revenge series.  However we didn’t see a few things in this release that we did with Empire or Star Wars.  The 12”   Large Format figures we’re never  tried out in the market, nor were the-Packs continued, additionally nothing was produced from a die-cast perspective.  Still the breadth of this line makes it difficult to be comprehensive.

There is a reason that very few toy lines were progressive like the Kenner Vintage Star Wars series, and I don’t define progressive as anything to do with it being a ground breaking line, rather I mean it was one of the few toy lines to produce toys for the previous movie’s figures during a sequel’s toy run, and in this case build to the collect all 79 motif.  It’s expensive to maintain, there usually is a rate of diminishing returns, and overall it’s just not the best business decision if you’re trying to achieve scale or efficiencies.     That’s why you don’t see this strategy carried out in many lines today.

Revenge of the Jedi

The only place to start with this post is the genesis of the line; that being the Revenge of the Jedi pre-production items.   With some strong availability and wide breadth the Revenge of the Jedi proofs are a favorite of many collectors.  Given that we ran through an entire review of a large lot of proofs we’ll just reference the massive collection that was up for auction this past year, via our earlier post seen here February MarketWatch – General.

Boxed Items:

The ROTJ series was packed with a plethora of items, and to kick things off we’ll take a look at all things cardboard with 8 corners.   The boxed items, specifically vehicles, play sets and other figure related item are a major part of the ROTJ release.   There was a wide diversification of items released with the Return of the Jedi series, you had the continuation of some staples, like the Falcon, and X-Wing, the reintroduction to a few Star Wars era items via the Collectors series, and of course a slew of unique items to the period to reflect Jabba’s Palace to the Ewok Village.   Suffice it to say this particular release had a lot to choose from, depending on which planet you wanted to recreate in your basement or backyard.

Vehicles: At At  – $825 – AFA80Q – ROTJ At At

One of the most iconic toys in the series was the AT AT, it appears for only a brief second in ROTJ however due to the popularity in the ESB line they continued this sku into the series for a short run.   More rare then it’s ESB counterpart the ROTJ box is a love it or hate situation, most fans are still more apt to go after the traditional Hoth version, but some collectors swear that the ROTJ version is one of the best.  There’s not a lot of lukewarm feelings here, no pun intended.  Here we have a Q graded item that went  for market value.  Although a MISB ROTJ At At pulls in on average $1000-1500, this is a great alternative for someone who still wants that museum look without having to drop as much cash.

AT AT 80Q

Tie Interceptor $450 – ROTJ Tie Interceptor MISB One of the few new “Vehicles” for ROTJ and one of the coolest in the series the Tie Interceptor finished off the three movie run for the Tie series of vehicles.   In this case we have a good price for a really nice item, but right inline with Market Value.

Tie Interceptor

Tie Interceptor – $675 – AFA85Tie Interceptor Moving on we have a graded version of the item, with a grade of 85 this was right in line with market value, and maybe even a bit low in comparison to some historical auctions.

Tie Interceptor AFA85  

Y-Wing – $511 – AFA80Y-Wing Another new addition to the Vehicle line up for ROTJ was the ever popular Y-Wing.   Seen in the first movie we didn’t get the actual vehicle until 1983 in toy version.    This to date is one of the toughest vehicles to find sealed in the ROTJ line with under 20 graded examples out in the market.    Overall a good price for an AFA80, however the buyer now has the item listed for $1299 on their website:(

Y-Wing

ROTJ Millennium Falcon – $1500ish – AFA 80ROTJ Falcon AFA 80 Our second re-released item from the Vehicle line up is the Falcon.   This is the 3rd version of the Falcon to be released from an artwork perspective.   Showcasing the unreleased sandstorm scene from ROTJ, this lasts as one of my personal favorites pieces of artwork in the Star Wars toy line.  A great item and a fairly high price given AFA80 examples tend to draw closer to the $1000-1200 mark.

Falcon ROTJ

ROTJ X-Wing – $899 –AFA80ROTJ X-Wing The last of the vehicles covered this month could be the most surprising from a price perspective.    Here we find an AFA80 X-Wing Fighter – Battle Damaged, with a price tag of $899.  Even though  we see a hefty price tag it’s actually on par for this particular piece.  For some reason the X-Wing remains in short supply in comparison to most of the other items in the release, the same can be said to some extent for the Battle Damaged Tie Fighter.   There are only a handful of examples 80 and up to date, in the case of the X-Wing, the AFA75 is truly the AFA80 as it seems to be the fat middle of the grading band.  A very cool piece and something we may not see in this condition again.

X-Wing Battle Damage MISB ROTJ AFA80

Figure Sets/Cases/Play sets

Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band MISB – AFA75 – $324 – Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band A fan favorite the Rebo Band set it one of the best items from the ROTJ release.   Two versions were made with variations on the instruments/microphone stands.    Here we have the more common version with silver microphones and a black flute.  In very good condition (AFA 75)  this item did drive a  good price for either side as it’s right on par with recent auctions. I chose this one in particular as it also had a clear bubble, which is really important on this item if you want to see the artwork that is used in the backdrop of the figures.

Rebo Band AFA

Jabba the Hutt – $395 – AFA80 – Jabba the Hutt AFA 80 One of the more popular characters in the movie came to the toy line in a very unique way, via a play set vs. a cardback.  The Jabba the Hutt play set is a well-made replication of the scene from Return of the Jedi.  This version was priced a bit high, and didn’t get any interest from the collecting community.   Still a very nice example and easily a $300 item in this condition.

Jabba the Hutt

Darth Vader Case – $139.50  ROTJ Darth Vader Figure Case MISB The Darth Vader Case was such a staple of the ESB line and to this day is instantly recognizable by the general populous that it was no surprise to see it show up in the ROTJ release.   Although this was a short lived run for the item, due to the C-3PO Case.  Several made it through in sealed packages.  Here we have a very nice example with a price that’s right on for the quality.

Darth Vader Case

Scout Pistol – $180 – C8 – Scout Pistol MISB The Scout Pistol was another spot on replication from the movie, along the with Green Lightsaber it was the only new large scale toy for ROTJ, as all other items from the era  were released in previous toy lines.   Here we have a great example for a good price as these seem to average around $200 sealed.

Scout Pistol MISB

ROTJ Lightsaber Green AFA80 – $450 Est – ROTJ Force Lightsaber AFA80 Green Here we have a great MISB graded example of an item we discussed a few months back.  The Force Lightsaber example we see here went for a strong price, the grading alone would run about $150, and there are only a few Green graded examples out here.

Green Lightsaber AFA

 

 

Mailers – Standard and Multi Pack 8-Pack Catalog Mailer – Open with sealed bags – $382 – 8 Pack Catalog Mailer As mentioned in the intro there were 26 catalog mailers to be released in conjunction with the ROTJ toy line.   Here we have one of the few large 8-Packs containing a great selection of characters across a few movies.  An average price for something in great condition overall, a  really nice grab for someone.

ROTJ Mailer 8 Pack

 

8 Pack Graded Mailer Sealed –  $556 – UKG85 – UKG ROTJ 8 Pack Sealed Very hard to find are the mailers that are still sealed and in the case of this one, in extremely good condition as well.  There are few examples out there of this piece graded, but only a few are still sealed like this version, rather then getting it U Graded a lot of collectors go this route and just opt for the display version.   A really strong price for this piece, which was in great condition overall. When it comes to Mailers I did want to take a second to mention the four single figure releases related to ROTJ.   They are plentiful, but still great items to collect, below I’ve listed a little bit about the going rates I’ve seen over the past summer of 2013, values are not graded.  Grading costs run $30-$100 depending on the number of pieces in the mailer. Graded Mailer 8 Pack

Admiral Ackbar, came in multiple versions, the more pieces of paperwork, the higher the value.  Going rate $30-70 depending on condition, again more pieces = more money!

Nien Nunb, pretty standard with just the catalog, these particular items goes for roughly $25 on average for a very good example.

Emperor, much like Nien Nunb he mainly just came with a catalog, thus usually just three pieces to the set.  This past summer he average a price of about $15-20, you can also find him sealed for relatively cheap as well.

Anakin Skywalker, per capita the most expensive of the mailers, it’s mainly due to the scarcity vs. the others, in most cases about 6:1 to the other three.  It’s lack of MOC release in the US and association with the POTF line drive this piece up to an average of about $30-40 for the three piece set.  

Figures MOC:

When it comes to the ROTJ release figures were plentiful. As mentioned previously there were 4 main releases in the United States, the 48 Back with Nien Nunb offer, 65 Back, 77 Back and 79 Back.  At the heart the rarity goes from 79 backs, to 48 backs to 77 and finishing with 65 backs which were the most plentiful in pure units produced.  The 79 back release was somewhat limited as you can see via the Kellerman matrices.  The release was really just The series saw a strange phenomenon that would carry over into the POTF line; that being the eventual yellowing of the figures bubbles.    All in all just from a grading perspective nearly 80%  of ROTJ figures had issues with their bubbles yellowing. The series saw 7 figures re-released with new photos for the packaging, along with other variants such as Luke’s Hair Color, Han’s Lapel, Biker Scout’s Mask, and Luke’s Lightsaber.   Thus all in all there was a lot out there in terms of just MOC variants (90 to be exact).

Here we have a sampling of the figures released on ROTJ Cardbacks, overall we mixed up some AFA figures with non-graded MOCs, we tried to keep this limited to just clear MOC figures, but let in a few tinted cards where we needed.   You can see a lot of breadth here, but what really surprises me are some of the price swings.   Some of these were incredible bargains and a few saw nice premiums for the sellers.  Because of the number of items I’ve just stuck to some basic information, the figure, condition, price, grading disposition, a link, and a few words on each.

4-Lom MOC C8 – $53 – 4-Lom ROTJ MOC

At At Commander – AFA85Y – $120 – At At Commander AFA ROTJ

At At Commander MOC AFA85Y

At At Driver – AFA80 – $180 – At At Driver MOC AFA80

At At Driver ROTJ AFA 85 – $170 – At At Driver ROTJ AFA

At At Driver ROTJ MOC – $85 – ROTJ AT AT Driver MOC

At AT Driver ROTJ   ROTJ At At Driver   AtAtDriver MOC

Ben Kenobi – $133 – AFA80 – ROTJ Ben Kenobi

Ben Kenobi AFA80 Bib Fortuna Lily Ledy(s) – $255 – C5 – Bib Fortuna Lily Ledy Biker Scout – AFA80Y – $113 – Biker Scout AFA

Biker Scout AFA

Boba Fett- 48 Back MOC AFA75 – $531 – ROTJ Boba Fett 48 Back MOC

Boba Fett ROTJ 48 Back – $799 – AFA80 – ROTJ Boba Fett

Boba Fett ROTJ 48 Back AFA 75   Boba Fett ROTJ 48 Back AFA 80

Bossk MOC – C9 –  $150 – Bossk MOC Here’s a great example of Bossk, near the top of the mark in terms of condition this version saw a strong showing with a price of $150, thus supporting the hypothesis that people will pay big dollars for clear bubbles and great condition items.

Bossk MOC ROTJ

Chewbacca – C9 – $135 – Chewbacca ROTJ 48 Back Chewy is always a fan favorite and here we have to toughest of the ROTJ MOCs to find, that being the 48 back.  Here we saw a good price for a figure that typically is the middle of the road when it comes to the ending price.

Cloud Car48 Back – $109 – ROTJ Cloud Car Pilot

Cloud Car Pilot

Darth Vader – C9 – $145 – Darth Vader

Darth Vader MOC C9

Death Star Droid – C9 – $113 – Death Star Droid ROTJ

Emperors Royal Guard  – AFA80 – $209 – Emperors Royal Guard AFA80

ERG MOC

ERG – Clipper – $380 AFA85 – ROTJ Emperors Royal Guard MOC Clipper Just to shake things up a bit we have included one foreign item from the ROTJ line up.   This ERG clipper went for a large sum of money but that’s how things go in the Clipper world.   Always popular with collectors the Royal Guard could be the best figure released in the ROTJ series.

General Madine – $66 – C8.5 – General Madine

Greedo – 48 Back – AFA75 $190 – ROTJ Greedo 48 Back MOC Although he was killed in the first hour of the first movie, Greedo remains a favorite figure of many collectors today, myself included.   Here we have a 48 back with a grade of 75.   Like most of the 48 backs there isn’t  a vast number of any figure in the series readily available, with most figures having less then 10 examples graded throughout the years. Greedo

Han Bespin MOC – $127 – Han Bespin 48 Back MOC

Han Bespin 48 Back MOC

Han Solo MOC 65 Back – AFA80 – $232 – Han Solo Alt Photo AFA 80

Han Solo Alt Photo AFA80

Hoth Stormtrooper – AFA75 – $112 – Hoth Stormtrooper

Hoth Stormtrooper- C9

Imperial Commander – AFA 80Y- $113 – Imperial Commander

Imperial Commander AFA

Lando Calrissian – AFA80 – $220 – Lando Calrissian MOC AFA80 The Lando man saw a great price realized on this AFA80 clear bubble auction, it’s funny as I believe I bought mine (ungraded) for around $50, and it was graded am 80 clear eventually as well.   A great looking piece and an awesome price for the seller.

Lando AFA80

Leia Hoth 48 Back – C5 – $150 – Leia Hoth ROTJ 48 Back

Leia Hoth 48 Back

Luke Gunner – $229 – C7 – ROTJ Luke Skywalker Gunner MOC

Luke Gunner

Luke X-Wing ROTJ AFA85 – $362 – Luke X-Wing

Luke X-Wing ROTJ

Princess Leia Organa 48 Back – C7 – $244 (Resold at $204) – Princess Leia Organa 48 Back Sometimes basic logic doesn’t come into play in the world of figure collecting.   The ROTJ release of the original Leia figure is the rarest of any of the three movies, with the 48 back being an exceptionally difficult item to find.   However here we have one that sold for an extremely reasonable price.   Condition could be the issue, however most of the 48 back Leia figures graded and in MOC circulation are in extremely poor condition, thus I’m not really sure why this didn’t pull in the average price of $400 at least.

Leia Original 48 Back

R5-D4 – $66 – C8 – ROTJ R5-D4 MOC R5-D4 ROTJ AFA85 – $170 – R5-D4 ROTJ AFA R5-D4 ROTJ MOC – C8 – $66 – R5-D4 ROTJ MOC r5-d4 MOC ROTJ   R5D4 ROTJ AFA 85   R5-D4 ROTJ MOC

Rebel Commando- AFA85 – $149 – Rebel Commando MOC A very nice example and one of the few AFA85 figures that we’ve seen this month, the Rebel Commando, along with Klaatu, Weequay (See below) and a few other ROTJ release figures have consistently been seeing top dollar for good examples as good quality versions of these figures are tough to come by.

Rebel Commando

Snaggletooth – $92 – C8 – ROTJ Snaggletooth

Snaggletooth ROTJ MOC

Squid head Lily Ledy – ROTJ AFA 85 – $622 – Squidhead Lili Ledy AFA

Stormtrooper – $106 – ROTJ Stormtrooper MOC

Stormtrooper – 79 Back – $130- Stormtrooper MOC

Stormtrooper ROTJ   Stormtrooper 79 Back

Vader Pointing MOC – $76 – ROTJ Darth Vader MOC Varient

Vader Pointing MOC

Weequay – AFA85 –  $190 – ROTJ Weequay MOC

Weequay

Wicket MOC 77 Back – AFA – $239 – Yoda Alt Photo AFA 80 Our only Ewok figure this month, here we have a great example of Wicket. Probably the most sought after of the Ewoks, he demands a top price, in this case right on the money at $239 for an AFA80.   He’s particularly very difficult to find with a clear bubble, close in difficulty to Emperor or the Rancor Keeper. Wicket AFA 85

Yoda ROTJ Clipper – C9 Clear- $560 – Yoda ROTJ Clipper

2 Packs This could be referred to as the Summer of the 2-Pack, not to be confused with the Summer of Tupac.   Droves of the ROTJ 2-Packs hit the market this summer, with nearly 20 represented below for your review.   One of the most unloved items of the Vintage Kenner line, this was basically a clearance strategy for the overstock figures that Kenner was holding onto towards the end of the ROTJ toy run.    Plagued by dented and cracked bubbles, card backs with generic artwork and blank backs, this was Kenner Star Wars on the cheap.  However those that survived in good condition have homes amongst focus collectors and see strong prices especially for certain figure combinations.

Ackbar Leia – $152 – ROTJ 2-Pack Admiral Ackbar Princess Leia Organa

Ackbar Leia 2 Pack

Bib Fortuna Ackbar – $222  ROTJ 2-Pack Bib Fortuna Admiral Ackbar The first of four 2-Packs featuring Bib Fortuna as our left character in the bundle is also the most expensive and in the best overall condition.      Condition is important to some for these items, as in recent history the highest grade ever given to a 2-Pack was an AFA75.

bibackbar2pack

Bib Fortuna Boushh – $138 ROTJ 2-Pack Bib Fortuna Boushh

bibboushh2pack

Bib Fortuna B-Wing 2-Pack – $204 ROTJ 2-Pack Bib Fortuna B-Wing Pilot

Bib Fortuna C-3PO – $202 ROTJ 2-Pack Bib Fortuna C-3PO

Bib3po2pack

C3PO Boushh Two Pack – $171 – ROTJ 2-Pack C-3PO Boushh

c3poboushh2pack

Gamorean Guard Leia – $128 ROTJ 2-Pack Gamorean Guard Princess Leia Organa

Gamguardleia2pack

Greedo – Squid – $152  ROTJ 2-Pack Greedo Squidhead

SquidGreedo2Pack

Greedo Gamorean Guard – $207 ROTJ 2-Pack Greedo Gamorean Guard

GamGreedo2Pack

IG-88 Darth Vader – $436  ROTJ 2-Pack IG-88 Darth Vader I think one of the biggest groups of collectors who pick up 2-Packs are character focus collectors, they make a nice addition to a character collection and a bit of randomness given there really was no rhyme or reason for how these were thrown together.

 

 

Logray C-3PO – $202 ROTJ 2-Pack Logray C-3PO

lograyc3po2pack

Logray Boushh – $202 ROTJ 2-Pack Logray Boushh

Logray Boush2pack

Luke Original Bib Fortuna – $410 – ROTJ 2-Pack Luke Skywalker Bib Fortuna Nearing the end of our list we find a very rare item, that being the inclusion of Luke Tatooine in a 2-Pack, along with Yoda he is one of the toughest to find in a 2-Pack from this series, in part due to the fact that these were overstock figures and both Luke and Yoda were such popular figures in the main release. Luke Bib 2 Pack

Snowtrooper Han Trench Coat – 2 Pack $141 – ROTJ 2-Pack Snowtrooper Han Solo Trench Coat Hoth Trooper - Han Trench Coat 2 Pack

Plush Line

The plush line was an extension for Kenner to try and reach a new demographic with the series.   The line was however not as successful as initially hoped, and thus a lot of overstock made it into the collectors market and made these items fairly common.  Unloved items for sure,  but worthy of mentioning here.

Wicket the Ewok – Plush Figure with tag – $80 – Wicket Plush

Wicket

Paploo the Ewok – Plush Figure Boxed – $46 – Paploo the Ewok

Paploo

Wiley the Ewok – Plush Figure with Tag and Bag – $31 – Wiley the Ewok Plush

Wiley

Proof Sheet – Plush Line Tags – $130 – ROTJ Proof Sheet – Ewok Plush Tags One of my personal favorites from this past Summer is the Ewok Plush Line Proof Sheet.  Featuring the tags for several of the Ewok Figures, this has a unique factor to it that I think embodies a lot of key Kenner Vintage line elements.

Proof Sheet Ewok

That about does it for this update on the ROTJ line and how well it sold this past summer, we hope you enjoy the deep dive.

Until next time, Wampa Wampa!

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

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 39 – Lando Calrissian

39800 – Lando Calrissian

There was a good assortment this month. I was a little late in publishing this update onto the blog so took the chance to add a little more data on Lando. I actually tried to go without any AFA examples, but had could only find a 31 back that was graded. All other figures were ungraded and looks like a Lando ESB MOC will set you back about $90. Though I was able to add in the 47 back which went for just over $200 as part of the eBay listings posted by “earlyretiree”.

The ROTJ examples were very cheap – though most cards were in fair to rough condition.

Here’s the summary for the month:

31B – $177.50

32B – $102.50

41A – $89.89

41B – $167.50

41D – $86.85

47A – $202.50

48D – $40.99

65B – $49.99

77A – $63.00

79A – $41.00

Seems like a good value figure – for what is a pretty central figure.

Empire Strikes Back cardbacks

31B AFA85Y NM+ (C80/B85/F85) $177.50

31B AFA85

31B AFA85

32B ungraded – Clear bubble $102.50 – eBay link

32B ungraded

32B ungraded

32B ungraded - cardback

32B ungraded – cardback

41A ungraded with survival kit offer $89.89 – eBay link

41A ungraded

41A ungraded

41A ungraded - cardback

41A ungraded – cardback

41B ungraded – Clear bubble (overall very nice MOC) $167.50 – eBay link

41B ungraded

41B ungraded

41B ungraded - cardback

41B ungraded – cardback

41D ungraded – Clear bubble $86.85 – eBay link

41D - ungraded

41D – ungraded

41D ungraded - cardback

41D ungraded – cardback

47A ungraded – $202.50 – eBay link

47A - ungraded

47A – ungraded

47A ungraded - cardback

47A ungraded – cardback

Return of the Jedi cardbacks

48D ungraded $40.99 – eBay link

48D - ungraded

48D – ungraded

 

48D ungraded - cardback

48D ungraded – cardback

 

65B ungraded $49.99 – eBay link

65B ungraded

65B ungraded

65B ungraded - cardback

65B ungraded – cardback

77A ungraded $63.00 – eBay link

77A ungraded

77A ungraded

77A ungraded - cardback

77A ungraded – cardback

77A ungraded $51.00 – eBay link

This shows the vagaries of the market place – a nicer example than the one above, but sells for less

77A ungraded

77A ungraded

77A ungraded - cardback

77A ungraded – cardback

79A ungraded $41.00 – eBay link

79A ungraded

79A ungraded

79A ungraded - cardback

79A ungraded – cardback

2 pack (with Han trench coat) $89.88 – eBay link

ROTJ 2 pack

ROTJ 2 pack

ROTJ - 2 pack

ROTJ – 2 pack

It’s always interesting who they pack together in these packs, I think packing him with Han in his trench coat is a decent combination. Though seems there was more demand for Lando packed with Teebo – not quite as appealing in my view.

2 pack (with Teebo) $106.51 – eBay link

2 pack - Lando & Teebo

2 pack – Lando & Teebo