|I can tell you this much; value is in the eyes of the beholder or .... is it in the eyes of whom will hold it? The buyer, that is. An error or variation has as much value as that someone is willing to pay for it. Of course to you a certain figure might have much more value, since it involves sentimental reasons. After all you found it or you traded for it, you saw it first. It was your score, not an easy one and you feel your effort needs compensation. It is understandable.|
With this said, it is difficult to set a price tag on the figures you'd mentioned but I'll provide you with some values based only on rareness.
The Jango Fett with gray armor was a first run version. As you've described it, the outfit's paint scheme was dull gray. It was then replaced by a brighter more accurate one but the error was not at all that hard to allocate. Chances were if you bought your AOTC figures early you might had picked him up. Notice I call the oddity an error not a variation. The reason for this being such change in color was not intended by Hasbro. In other words, in order for a toy to be classified as a variant, its cosmetic changes need to be intended by the company, for instance the Endor Rebel soldier with or without a beard was/is a variation. Jango with "Gray Armor" was a mishap, a mistake in the mixing of the color, just like the Saga Boba Fett "Pit of Carkoon" is. The street value of your Jango could be anywhere between $10.00 to $25.00 depending on its card condition. People have paid up to $50.00 for it, but it had been rated by AFA, ebay becomes a good source for comparison and a very accurate one in these cases as one could easily see up to the minute bids on what the secondary market is willing to pay for errors and variations.
Your second possession is, indeed, rare. Rare, just as far as being an error, of course. I personally have only seen the error once and it was in all beat up cardback thus I left it behind. There haven't really been any other reports on this mistake. Although it is not hugely noticeable it might fetch quite a nice amount in the secondary market just because it sounds cool. It is funny but sometimes errors gain so rapidly in value not because of how weird it might make a figure appear but because of how cool it would sound to say: "I have a Dexter missing his tattoos" or "my Luminara has an unpainted necklace." Us humans are strange creatures, and strangely we behave at times. As for its street value, I would set it at starting point of $40.00 but heck, that is just my opinion. People, as I said, might be willing to give you more or less for it, depending on how bad they want it. A search through Ebay under Active and Completed items does not show any Dexter errors other than the well known "Pipe" one. It is a nice error, treat it with TLC.
Last on your repertory was Baby Boba with half painted helmet lines. Again, willingness and wanting play an important roll here. I have heard about this error a fair amount of times thus it does not appear to be truly rare. Whether the line is painted only on one side of his helmet, or faded within the silver paint or oversprayed, the error qualifies as one: Boba Fett's helmet lines. It is usually overlooked and not given much importance to it, since in the first place, the helmet line on the regular version doesn't stand out much and sort of blends in with the darker silver paint used on it. People are more willing to let go of their green say if the error would deal with an unpainted visor or unpainted silver since such areas are clearly visible and cover more of the helmet. As for the street value of this figure I would say in between $10.00 to $15.00 depending on the buyer.
As with any variants an errors, it is good to keep in mind that just like Location is the key word in real state when selling a property, Condition plays that same roll when it comes to carded figures. If all of your errors are in mint cards with no bends, creases, tears and no dimples nor dings to the blisters, the value on them will increase. We like to buy new, fresh, flawless items, even more if it involves paying above what the figures actually retailed for.
|"Hi troopers. I am a constant reader of your site, well, have been for the past few weeks. I was wondering whether anyone has noticed the Jango Fett Kamino Escape variation, where the armor is grey instead of silver (ed. note - yes, this one was rather prominent among variants), and, if so how rare is it and what s the value? I also have a Dexter Jettser with no backround insert that is missing its tattoos on its right top hand (rareness value if you know or readers). I have a Baby Boba Fett with background insert whos helmet's black line that goes through the middle is there, but doesn't extend on the sides (rareness value?). Last but not least, There are some blue Clone Trooper 3 packs at my TRU in Boynton Beach, FL and some Bounty Hunter 4 packs. My Wal-Marts and Targets haven't got Shizzle. Wonderful site and great news and honest, freindly people. Keep up the great work. Thanks."|
|"Reinforcements which include a trio of Jedi masters have arrived for the Clone trooper army unit that have staged an ambush on the incoming army of mechanized droids. A Republic gunship provides air support while a couple of speeder bikes on the ground have also been deployed." Check it out at ACPin SW|
|"Escaping from the Imperial Star Destroyer through the pod, the two droids find themselves lost in the sand dunes of Tatooine. The protocol droid doesn't seem amused by the R2's musings about a rebel mission. Soon enough they part ways as they argued about the correct direction to go." Check it out at ACPin SW|
|Troops, on Tuesday 8/26 we made some upgrades to the Sandtroopers site. We are sorry to those of you die-hard Troops out there in Trooperland who got HTTP 403 errors and couldn't view the site for about 24 hours. A day without Sandtroopers.com is like a scalper without a fat wallet, so we are back with the news that gets you the toys! I would like to thank the Troops and Troopettes who emailed me and the ST crew to check in during the down-time, it meant a lot to hear the inquiries! BIG thanks as well to benevolent land/Sith Lord Darth Crypt for making the upgrades possible! If anyone sent us news or SANDBLAST TIMELINE answers on or after 8/26 that hasn't been posted, please resubmit to email@example.com.|
Previously on Sandtroopers.com ...
|"Well, not much here in Canada. However, I did go to one of my local TRU's here in Edmonton, Alberta and what do I see? The Deluxe Battle Droid Builders. There was only a couple of them there and I can most assure you that they were gone later that evening or the next day. They also had a few more Ultimate Bounty Hunters again. As far as actual figures go, nothing new. Been dry since Fall of last year except the brief showing of the Han Hoth wave. Apparently, in some of the TRU's out on the East Coast, there have been reports of Unleashed figures coming soon. All we can do is hope and pray that we do get them."|
|ALL OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAPPENED DURING THE 25TH DAY OF AUGUST ... DO YOU KNOW WHAT YEAR IT WAS?|
Posted by Vaughn:
I heard about the TIE Interceptors hitting in PITTSBURGH!!! - V
Posted By: Darth Crypt
There seems to be little collector confidence in thinking we would be able to obtain desirable Star Wars gear at the stores now-a-days, especially like I stated in my Target article a few weeks ago, talking with Target employees... they will have you thinking that you will NEVER find Star Wars collectibles on their shelves, like they think it is funny to see you walk away upset.
There is a vicious cycle going on in the Star Wars collecting community, desirable collectibles are short packed and then when they hit the stores, all these SKIDBONES grab them up and go right to ebay, while most of us are stuck at work. I say F#(K THAT!!! (Pardon my Yiddish troops, but someone has to say something!) This, my friends, is why George Collazo and I started SANDTROOPERS.COM We want you guys to have a trustworthy resource for getting news that will get you the toys! Last week, I drove 15 miles to hand deliver a Rancor to a Sandtrooper reader for the cost I paid for it. I felt so good about seeing this guy get this, knowing he could have easily overpaid on e-bay, but didn't. George has done the same. Friends, let's put the fun back in our hobby and band the Sandtroopers together and (As they say in the movie, Full Metal Jacket) "GIT' SOME!" People are going to be pissed at us over this, but what is right, is right. YOU have my, and George's, commitment on that! To the people that scalp this stuff, the invasion is coming!!! Sandtrooper occupation is imminent ... - Darth Crypt
Trooper Darth Zack reports:
"Just finished the rounds in NW Indiana. Finally got the TRU Landspeeder, there were four left at the Merrillville location. Nothing new at Wal-Mart or Target, can't even find accessory packs anymore. K-Mart has two packs now for $9.99 and just looks like they randomly took Figs and packed them together. Lots of Red clone, and Yoda's. No exclusives yet though. That's about it for now."
Sandtrooper Jon Anderson reports:
"Lately collecting has been giving me a weird feeling. It's not the feeling to quit, its almost the feeling of being overwhelmed. Its not the fact that I am working hard hunting for stuff, its the fact that EVERYTHING nowadays has been hard to get, If I didn't have you I would never have gotten the 12" speederbike, skiff, and the y-wing. without you I would be way worse off. But the scalping market has gotten ridiculous! It seems the more people say "ooh this figure is going to be great" or "wow I really will want to buy that when it comes out" the worse and worse the scalping gets, there is obviously problem with ebay, its for certain by tomorrow the ebay market will be filled with tons and tons of 12" Dewbacks, there are currently 3 up there. I don't know what it is but the fact that EVERYTHING is so hard to obtain that its not as fun, I would rather see shelves full of 12" speeder bikes than to have none around ever at all. I have absolutely no problem buying from you, but its just a terrible feeling to sometimes not be able to find something!
"I haven't bought any figures in a LOOOONG time from a store within exception for a few non rarities like the Wal-Mart exclusive holograph figures. The market is getting rough, from what it seems there is the same amounts of stuff out there as always, but it goes faster, and it's because of people on ebay trying to make a few bucks off of it. A lot of people are experiencing this. I was speaking to my friend Matt Newman who is in a rut to find a 12" Speeder Bike, and a Y-Wing, and when I am in the chat room at www.thejawa.com everybody talks about how they can't find anything they are looking for! Is it lower supplies or is it my theory on scalpers? Man if I didn't have you for the past couple of years I don't know where I would be (lol) you have been a great help and you have made it a lot easier so I don't need to hunt for some things, I certainly hope that POTJ becomes common so the people on ebay paying $100 for a set of 5 figures will learn. I think a lot of people need to learn sometime to wait it out to find something and also that would prevent so many ebay sellers out there that pretty much make money off of it all. The real problem is that there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to stop this lack of supplies or scalping going on! Just spouting off my mind here!"
|YESTERDAY'S (8/24) ANSWERS ... SO, WHAT YEAR WAS IT?|
Lex-Wan Kenobi found Palm Talkers and 12" Legacy wave? - It was 2001.
The first Sandtroopette? - It was 2000.
Lex-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Spirit) found the Cantina Bar exclusives? - It was 2002
|"Somos muy fatigados. �Qu� es la situaci�n con respecto a EL CHAD? �Qu� llora esto hacer de ni�o? �Por qu� esto es tan, dawgh? �Este hombre llora acerca de todo!|
* Qu�jese acerca de la falta de mu�ecas en el mercado de la calle
* Queja acerca del mercado del internet
* Llore debido a Juguetes 'R' Eeuu
* Llore debido Concentrar en el almac�n
"�ZURZA!! �ZURZA!! �ZURZA!! Todav�a, este hombre siempre encuentra cada figura y el art�culo, o, otro polic�a montado lo ayuda. �Qu� acontece? �Puede escribir este hombre acerca de algo m�s menos s�plicas de continuos para las figuras que �l encuentra luego?
"Estamos en el centro de en ning�n lugar, aqu� en las Monta�as de Florida de Flikhincubano. vemos no juguetes nuevos aqu�. �Los monta�eros no lloran! Esperamos, la espera, la espera. �Cu�ndo es oscuro, descendemos, los puros en manos, nosotros tenemos los disparos de honda, y nosotros atacamos nuestras tiendas locales! Las multitudes y la nieve no nos espantan, somos muy exitosos. �HAGA EL MISMO, CHAD!
"�Encontramos TRES MU�ECAS NUEVAS y nosotros hemos sido encarcelados cinco vez! �Nosotros no lloramos, nosotros no anunciamos nuestra pena! Usted trabaja en el mercado del Objetivo, esto significa que usted ES PREPARADO. �H�galo entiende nuestra insinuaci�n! Esperamos que nuestro mensaje se publique, as� que Chad puede leer nuestro mensaje y �l desperta. �El aparece un dawgh agradable pero DEMONIO! �SUFICIENTE CON EL LLANTO! !!!
"�Tambi�n, grande p�gina del internet! �Miramos cada noche en nuestros Ordenadores Port�tiles de Sony! �Las felicitaciones! �Nosotros en Florida decimos: CONGRATULACIONES, los AMIGOS! �La PIEDRA de USTEDES MUY DURO!"
|ALL OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAPPENED DURING THE 24TH DAY OF AUGUST ... DO YOU KNOW WHAT YEAR IT WAS?|
Sandtrooper Lex-Wan Kenobi reports:
"Just thought I'd let people know that SE PA like Montgomeryville TRU is starting to get the palm talkers and 12" legacy wave that includes Han Stormtrooper, Death Star Droid (which, if you look closely, he has the same arms as 4-LOM) , and Death Star Trooper. All the boxes are also about an inch shorter than the bounty hunters wave. The figs aren't shorter, just the box. I never did notice that 4-LOM's feet aren't touching the bottom of his box. Anyway, the palm talkers are $9.99 and the 12" figs are the usual $19.99. No TIE Interceptors or Luke, Han, and Emperor's Wrath Vader yet, but hopefully soon. Anyway, happy hunting and have a great Saturday from Lex-Wan Kenobi"
Posted by: George
I knew it, I knew it, we got our first report from a sandtroopette and we are really pleased to post it, thanks a lot Shannon.
"I saw your cry for female input to the sandtroopers.com site...so here I am! Just to let you know, I have been scouring the Frederick, MD area for any good SW items and so far I have come up dry. Both the Frederick Target and Wal-Mart have yet to display any POTJ figures. And the Target employees keep telling me they "are out" everytime I have them do a location check. They suck! I also checked into the Westminster, MD Toyworks for the Rancor, and they said they have been out since last Christmas. Anyway, hopefully I will eventually have good news to report to you guys!" - Shannon
Sandtrooper Lex-Wan (Jedi Spirit) reports:
"And now for the greater Mid-East PA news: Yes, you've guessed it, the Wal-marts in PA are getting the Cantina Bar exclusives but the funny thing is I thought all the Super Wal-marts got all new product in first, but not so with these Cantina sets, all super Wal-marts in the area had none, just piles & piles of EP2 figs, none higher than #40 in the Saga line. These new sets were at regular Wal-marts only, so if you're having a hard time finding the "Baba bunch" as I like to call them, I suggest abandoning your super Wal-Mart & heading for the regular ol' Wal-Mart - you might have better luck. The only thing I don't like about these new exclusives is that they don't come with weapons, all these guys had blasters in the movie, so why no guns? Maybe another politically correct toy from Lucas like the non-smoking Dex. I guess it's not good to show kids that will buy this set of figs, that weapons in a bar is okay, just glasses. Well anyway, so be it. As for other stores, everyone else had nothing. I did see the X-wing at TRU but no Luke & Tauntaun or Landspeeder. I also saw at TRU they had 6 Ultra Magnus & 4 Optimus Prime 'go TF's,' so to all I say happy hunting!"
|YESTERDAY'S (8/23) ANSWERS ... SO, WHAT YEAR WAS IT?|
Uncle George's great comeback? - It was 2002.
Palm Talkers in "Sand" Francisco? - It was 2001.
We were looking for Sandtroopettes (ed. note: we still are!)? - It was 2000
|ALL OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAPPENED DURING THE 23RD DAY OF AUGUST ... DO YOU KNOW WHAT YEAR IT WAS?|
Posted by: George - I'm baaaaaack!!!!!!!!
I'm back troopers!!! better than ever. I've said I was going to be out, I don't revolve around SW but SW revolves around me. What I've been doing all this time???? Troops, a lotta things. I just took sometime to be with myself and I'm back on track!! Thanks to all the troopers that stayed in touch although I was off, especially trooper RMS which I've had the pleasure to meet in person (BTW I lost your E address); I've been burning a lot of film, I'm back to answer those ??'s ya'll might have about SW and how to shoot your collection. Here is a RAW pix of a troopette that I shot 2 days ago for an ad and myself two and � years since Pat Carlucci and I founded this site; For those who have been asking where Tempto Pegalie's (ed note - sic) droid comes from I'll be posting a shot soon; Now I wanna thank my girlfriend Jeanny from Aguada. Thanks Jeanny!!! The Force is strong in you. Love Ya'
Sandtrooper Tim Reports:
"Hey Troopers, Not much going on here in San Francisco, however, I did find two of the palm talkers, C-3PO and R2. They are now enjoying their new lives in my collection. Other than that ... nada. MTFBWY"
Posted by: George: "Where are the Sandtroopettes?" It is clearly visible the lack of news posted by collectors from the opposite sex at different collectors sites, what's going on girls? Send us your news or comments. I know there are a lot of females in the hobby out there, feel free to throw us a line and let us hear from you.
|AND, NOW - A DATELINE FOLLOW-UP: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAPPENED DURING THE 6TH DAY OF AUGUST ... SO, WHAT YEAR WAS IT?|
Posted by Darth Sinister: NEW POTJ FOUND AT WAL-MART
That's right Troopers. Imagine my surprise when I entered my local Wal-Mart last weekend to find that a slew of figures must have snuck out into the POTJ line. What I found on the pegs were POTJ Watto, Ody Mandrell minus the Otoga 222 Pit Droid, Adi Galia, Rune Haako, R2-D2, and Nute Gunray! ...
Posted by: Uncle George - Sandtroopette Donna wrote in to say:
"Donna from So. Cal. reporting in. Went to 3 Targets today and no sign of the B-Wing ..."
Trooper Dustin reports:
Hey troops. I picked up all four of the Target accessory sets ...
|"Two opposing armies are about to do battle in the Geonosian landscape through the darkness of the night. The army unit of Clone troopers have taken strategic positions to meet the army of mechanical droids comprised of Super Battle Droids, Battle Droids, Destroyer Droids and a Spider Droid."|
Check it out at ACPin SW.
|Dateline: "INCOMPETENT??" - "Hey guys, I have been reading all the posts by Danny B and Lin Que, my Target hasn't seen squat. You want to talk about incompetence. Since our two Targets finished their resets they have not received anything at all. The pegs are still empty. I am thinking that Star Wars is dead around here in north Alabama. We in Huntsville, Alabama aren't loved like you guys out West as well as those Troopers up North. I said it before and I will say it again, it ain't worth it anymore. Before anybody sends me hate mail or calls me a cry baby, let me tell you this: The battle is lost. You are right, I am a defeatist. Our stores still have empty pegs. Wal-Mart, Target, K-B (who only gets trucks in on Thursdays). What the hell am I suppose to do? We will never see anything."|
Chad, I know you tend to be quite the pessimist when it comes to these kind of things, but, remember, your Sandtrooper brethren feel your pain and MANY will come to your aid should things get ugly! And there you have it. Anyone else have any incompetence reports?
|How can we attempt to stop some idiot from bending cards? Explain to retail chain employees that people want these things in the best shape that they can give them to us in. Then why not educate security on scalping and they can then watch closer to see what really happens to these cases after they arrive at the stores.|
This will bring us into many other phases of this intricate operation we are planning. Upon General Jason's order, Lord Spiceowan is putting together a team of S.C.A.L.P. Troopers to dispatch literature to the worthless security guards sitting there stoned out of their minds making $6.55 an hour. The reward for the employee? How about getting your boss fired? Who wouldn't want to do that?
The Staff at Sandtroopers.com is launching an Extensive investigation as to the legitimate practices by some of the retail chain stores. We believe that in some instances employees are buying entire shipments and moving them for wide profits on ebay. How do we prove these assumptions? The burden of proof is not upon us, rather these stores.
So it begins today, we will question the "higher ups" of these chain stores, and make our way down to the ground troops who we all hate that work the floor. Ebay will not be immune from our beachhead attack. United and with the right Troopers, we can take the fight to the people that aim to make a buck off making our lives hell. You should not have to pay a fifteen-dollar premium just to have a figure within six months of the release date.
Are you with us or against us? The choice is yours.
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"We currently have a large inventory of figures, if you are searching for a figure that is not listed on this page please feel free to CONTACT US at firstname.lastname@example.org (ed. note - these are the toys that drew many of us away from Star Wars during the 1980's - Spice and I included, fill in some of the gaps in your Joe collection today!)."
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|"Hey guys, I wanted to pass this one on. On September 3, the Star Wars Fan Club Will be selling the Silver Fett for 10 bucks each. There is a 2 figure limit. I want to let you guys know. I didn't have any trouble with my TF Vader that I received last year. Since there are not protruding objects present on the Silver Fett, you shouldn't have any trouble. I would like to correct what I said about the Silver Fett. It will go on sale on September 2nd, not the 3rd. Sorry for the mix up. Take care."|
And there you have it.
|"The arrival of Anakin and Padme at Varykino after the Geonosian battle signals a new phase in their lives. They are greeted by a couple of handmaidens, two Naboo guards and the two droids. Padme's apartment is but a small part of her parents' home at this tranquil place."|
Check it out at ACPin SW.
|"Hey Troopers, update from my earlier post. I got lucky and found not one but two, YES TWO, of the corrected Luke ROTJ and picked them both up. No need to do a trade anymore, however I now have an extra Snowtrooper and Luke. If anyone wants them they are $5.00 a piece plus shipping."|
Glad to see that Luke is no longer 'one-fisting' it. Cost plus shipping anyone? We stay in touch, so you'll be in touch!
|JC Penney Hoth 4 Pack $65||Power FX X-Wing $40|
|LandSpeeder with Luke $15||Theater Edition Jedi Luke $30|
|Watto's Box $25||Carbon Freeze Playset $25|
|12" Kaadu & Capt. Tarpals $40||12" Count Dooku $10|
|12" Emperor and Royal Guard $40||12" Han Solo & Carbonite $40|
|12" Chewbacca in chains $20||12" 100th Edition Luke $40|
|12" Lando $15||12" Bespin Luke $15|
|Hey Troops, I heard so many people crying about not getting a Clone Trooper exclusive, I did an interview with officials at Gentle Giant. They had some explaining to do and Eric Lyga of Gentle Giant was more than willing to answer any and all of my questions. Read on to find out whether there is a plan of attack in place.|
|ALL OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAPPENED DURING THE 6TH DAY OF AUGUST ... DO YOU KNOW WHAT YEAR IT WAS?|
Posted by Darth Sinister: NEW POTJ FOUND AT WAL-MART
That's right Troopers. Imagine my surprise when I entered my local Wal-Mart last weekend to find that a slew of figures must have snuck out into the POTJ line. What I found on the pegs were POTJ Watto, Ody Mandrell minus the Otoga 222 Pit Droid, Adi Galia, Rune Haako, R2-D2, and Nute Gunray!
Of course, these were all the E1 figures that were placed on POTJ cards. The thing is that you can obviously tell that these figures were manipulated by the giant pieces of Scotch Tape on the bottoms of the bubble. I brought this to the attention of the clerk and even took all of the "fake" figures down from the pegs to be disposed of. I showed what they did and how and he seems generally concerned.
Anyway, about an hour later (this is a Super Wal-Mart, so we do our grocery shopping there) I went back just to make sure that everything was cool and I found all the figures up on the pegs again! This time I grabbed a shopping cart, got the manager and explained it all over again. He assured me that they would keep an eye on this sort of activity and try to prevent it from happening again. Hopefully, it doesn't.
Troops, this is totally wrong and in the long run it only hurts us. The stores will not restock the pegs if there are tons of figures on them already. Who doesn't know that these figures are altered besides the store employees?
I would love to know if this is happening in other parts outside of South Florida. If you have experienced a similar story please e-mail me.
Posted by: Uncle George - Sandtroopette Donna wrote in to say:
"Donna from So. Cal. reporting in. Went to 3 Targets today and no sign of the B-Wing, but they did have the Army Builders Wave there. Went to 2 TRUs also and found Sabes & Bespin Guards at one and the other one I found the FC4 Leia and Death Star Droid. Happy Hunting to all."
Trooper Dustin reports:
Hey troops. I picked up all four of the Target accessory sets at the Target in Rosemead, but it was a disapointment, because the figures are so poorly made, painted, etc. even if they were recycled parts.
|Do you collect the Star Tours series of figures?|
|All 9 figures and the Starspeeder 3000||23%|
|The 9 figures only||28%|
|Only the astromech droids||9%|
|Only R5-D2 (better depicts R5-D4 than the 1996 version)||3%|
|None from the series||17%|
|Only the items I can get at a reasonable price||13%|
|Do I really need a 'box with an arm?'||7%|