All dolled up

Cool collectibles go for top dollar

Think of Tom Derby, owner of Collectible Investment Brokerage in Norcross, Ga., as the toy industry’s Merrill Lynch. “If you focus only on the rarest and highest-grade items,” he says, “I expect they will continue to rise in value for years to come.” Derby walked us through some of the most valuable collectibles — but it’s still hard to justify why a grown man would pay $200,000 for a doll.

Darth Vader costume

Top dollar goes for a “screen-used” costume. However, even a “touring costume” — the kinds used at conventions like Comi-Con — could sell for $70,000-$80,000.

1963 G.I. Joe prototype

Sold in 2003 by the doll’s designer, Don Levine, to Stephen Geppi, owner of Diamond Comics Distributors.

“Star Wars” Boba Fett set

A complete set of nine Boba Fett dolls, including all stages of the prototype.

“The Empire Strikes Back” dolls

A complete set of 11 dolls, three of which never made it into production.

“Star Wars” Boba Fett
$50,000 (on a card backing; one in existence)

This is the original model, which has a rocket that fires out of his back. The rocket mechanism was killed when children choked on a similar element in a “Battlestar Galactica” toy.


Applies to an Optimus Prime or Megatron in pristine condtion, as judged by the CGA

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