06 December 2017
A Vectis sale in October was that given over to television-related collectables and Action Man.
A Vectis sale in October was that given over to television-related collectables and Action Man. Boys and dolls had their detractors back in the 1960s but today’s market (and buyer) is rather more mature…
Best sale on the day was that of the Palitoy carded Action Sailor - Landing Signals Officer. This set (No.34609) was put at £80-100 but achieved an astonishing £1,440. A bid of £384 secured the boxed Action Man Talking Commander with flock hair, despite the fact that his fellow’s head was detached (but present). The talking Space Range Commander had suffered a similar ignominy but still managed to attract a bid of over £330 while even a humble near nude Mail Away figure made a healthy £312. An oddity in the shape of a pine samples box with Action Man logos on two sides and hanging pegs within stirred the audience to £360.
But it wasn’t all about our home-grown hero, for US upstart GI Joe put in an appearance too: the State Trooper with the “foreign” face came with all the usually lost accessories (handcuffs, sunglasses, tickets and whistle) and is very hard to find complete; and this example was bid all the way to a staggering £816.
Aside from the big dolls, a Marx Noble Knights Castle Shop/Store display, in boxed state, found a new home for £624 while a pair of Captain America-type aluminium Shields in an unpainted state carried an estimate: £15-25: these flew off to realise £168.