STAR WARS ACTION FIGURES BUYING GUIDE

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  • A/O: All Original. The figure comes complete with everything it came with originally.
  • Book value: Price of a particular figure.
  • Collectible: Any action figure that you can collect. The most valuable collectible action figures are in high demand and low supply.
  • Exclusives: Exclusive figures are often found at retailers that can order in large quantities. These retailers ask for figures that will only be available at their stores.
  • HTF: Hard to find.
  • Limited edition: Figures that are not produced in large quantities. Often figures that are not expected to sell well will find themselves with the moniker “Limited Edition.”
  • Mail-in premiums: Mail-in premiums were originally only offered through the mail. Often you needed to clip and send in “proofs of purchase” for the figures.
  • MIB: Mint in box. Factory condition in original box.
  • MIP: Mint in package. Similar to MIB except all accessories are in their packages.
  • Mint & complete: The figure has all the accessories and is in excellent shape.
  • MNB: Mint, no box.
  • NM: Near mint.
  • NRFB: Never removed from box.
  • Prototype: Prototype action figures are designs that never made it to production. These were often factory-only figures to help designers and marketers develop the product. Possibly the most famous prototype is the Boba Fett with the firing rocketpack.
  • Semi-exclusive: Semi-exclusives are similar to exclusives, but are often offered to more than one store. However, the stores that receive semi-exclusives are often not in the same geographic area.
  • Shortpacks: Shortpacked action figures arrive in a limited quantity compared to other figures in the line. Sometimes this is done due to higher production costs, expected limited demand, or to specifically make one figure more valuable.
  • Variation: Variation action figures have been changed. Often a mistake in production is noted and the figure is pulled, fixed, and then reissued. Variations can become valuable since they are usually limited in supply.
  • There are two main scales used to judge the condition of collector-level action figures. The first is the “C” scale, the second is the AFA.

    UNDERSTAND THE "C" SCALE
    The “C” scale rates condition on a scale of one to 10, with a C10 rating indicating high quality and a C1 rating indicating poor quality.

  • C10: The C10 rating represents perfection and is incredibly rare.
  • C9: C9-rated figures have minimal defects and are excellent collector-quality toys.
  • C8.5: C8.5-rated action figures are in very good condition. However, collectors may shy away from them.
  • C8: Action figures with a C8 rating, the lowest collector-grade rating, have visible flaws, but do not look worn.
  • C6/7: C6 and C7-rated action figures have rips and apparent flaws. Collect them for nostalgic value only.
  • C5 and lower: Action figures with a rating of C5 or lower are of very poor quality. They often have large parts missing and well-worn features.

    USE ACTION FIGURE AUTHORITY (AFA) RATINGS
    Action Figure Authority (AFA) bases quality on a percentage scale.

  • AFA 100: AFA 100 ratings indicate near perfection.
  • AFA 95: Very rare quality AFA 95 toys have glossy cards and no discoloration.
  • AFA 90: Only 1% of action figures have an AFA 90 rating. These high-quality toys contain only factory-made flaws.
  • AFA 85: Display-quality AFA 85 action figures have slight fraying or apparent discoloration.
  • AFA 80: AFA 80 is the lowest top-level collector quality.
  • AFA 75: Good-quality AFA 75 action figures do not stand out as excellent figures.
  • AFA 70: AFA 70 ratings indicate average collector-quality items. Discriminating collectors do not usually find them acceptable.

    Lower AFA qualities are not considered collector-quality and you should only buy them for sentimental value.


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