The toyboxes and display cases are cracking open after Hake’s Auction #235. The premier event that ended on July 26-27, 2022, featured some incredible sales for action figures and toys, specially from popular superhero lines.
The Mego Green Goblin on rare 1975 A card AFA 80 crushed its preauction estimate of $20,000 by selling for $76,700 and set a new record for any Mego action figure. The 8” figure from the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes line has the Type 2 body Green Goblin with boots and satchel on a punched card. The figure was discontinued shortly after this version was released, making it one of the hardest to find. It is the only graded example in the AFA Population Report.
A rare, high grade Batman boxed Japanese bobbing head figure sold for more than double its preauction estimate when it hammered for $10,487. The 4-7/8” tall painted composition figure with spring coil bobbing head feature was produced in 1966 during the height of Bat-mania. It was sold in its original cardboard box.
The G.I. Joe Snake Eyes Series 1 9-back AFA 80 (no snap-on text variety) realized $9,994. From Hasbro’s 1982 toy line, the 3-3/4” straight arm variety figure is on an unpunched peach file card. This rare earliest card variety does not have the “Interchangeable Snap-On, Stay-On Accessories” line of text above the blister, which was added early in production, making it rarer than the other 9-back straight arm figures.
Another high ranking G.I. Joe sale was the Cobra Commander Series 2 20-back AFA 85+ that hammered for $9,440. The 3-3/4” figure was made for the ’83 toy line and came on a punched card.
A pair of rare, high grade Marvel Ideal Puppets crushed their $2,000 estimates. The Amazing Spider-Man puppet swung to a total of $8,631 and the Captain America puppet grabbed $6,749. The 10-1/2” tall puppets are composed of a thin vinyl body with printed design and a soft vinyl head. They are still in their original plastic bags with 4” x 9-1/2” illustrated header card, which is unpunched and has the original store price sticker.
Mego WGSH figures from Marvel turned in multiple top sales, including the Lizard on rare 1975A card AFA 75+ (discontinued shortly after this carded version was released) that realized $7,139. An Invisible Girl on 1975A card AFA 75 on unpunched card more than doubled its estimate to bring $4,902.
The rare, high grade Green Hornet Ideal puppet sold for $4,344, over twice the estimate. The 10-1/2” tall puppet is made of a thin vinyl body with printed design and name and a soft vinyl head. The 4” x 9-1/2” header card is unpunched and retains its original price sticker.