Top 10 Collectible Action Figures

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Many characters have their likeness turned into an action figure, from Frodo to Leatherface to Spiderman. However, what looks like a valuable investment to one collector may not appeal to another, as the taste of the collector plays as much of a role in a collection as the strict monetary value of a figure. The term "most collectible" often refers to the rarest and oldest action figures. Collectors may classify figures as rare due to the number made, aberrations in the design, or the condition of the figure.
1 Evel Knievel Sidewinder

Rocket Firing Boba Fett The manufacturer released this vintage action figure in the UK and Germany in 1977. Because it only released 1,000 of the Evel Knievel Sidewinder figures, it is the rarest of the Evel Knievel figures ever made.


2 Rocket Firing Boba Fett
Rocket Firing Boba Fett

Star Wars has more action figures than anyone could hope to acquire, with dozens of them rare and collectible. The rocket firing Boba Fett figure has some notoriety for the controversy around it. Sold before the release of "The Empire Strikes Back", the manufacturer fixed the projectile on Boba Fett's back after a child choked on it from a similar action figure. Only prototype versions of the original firing figure exist.


3 Yak Face
Yak Face

<Yak Face was one of the last Star Wars figures released by Kenner in 1985; after that, the company decided to cancel its line of Star Wars action figures. Kenner only made a few thousand of the Yak Face figures, and it released those in European markets. Unlike other action figures, the Yak Face figure does not need its package and weapon to fetch a high price.


4 Captain Action
Captain Action

Released in 1965 to combat the popularity of G.I. Joe figures, <Captain Action was a basic figure that wore dozens of different costumes. The original Captain Action had nine costumes, including Superman, Batman, Captain America, and more. The manufacturer only produced original Captain Action figures for two and a half years, though it released another wave of figures from 1998 to 2000.


5 Pre-Production Kamala

Collectors of wrestling action figures love the pre-production version of the Kamala figure. Released in 1992 and 1993, the pre-production version of the Kamala action figure features a moon painted on the centre of the belly. The manufacturer later replaced this with a star off-centre on the belly. Collectors tend not to consider the latter a valuable or collectible item.


6 The Fourth Doctor

1960's DaleksOf all the actors who played the Doctor in "Doctor Who &", none has as much collectible weight as Tom Baker's Doctor.. When looking for action figures depicting the fourth doctor, shoppers should focus on vintage finds rather than the action figures produced recently. The rarity of these older figures makes them more valuable, while the current popularity of Doctor Who items means that modern mass-produced figures are less valuable overall.


7 1960's Daleks
1960's Daleks

While the fourth Doctor may be the most collectible, everyone loves the Daleks.. Vintage action figures and figurines of the 1960's Daleks do not always bring in top dollar, but these toys consistently sell well to collectors of vintage Doctor Who items.


8 Mego Batman
Mego Batman

Batman figures have been in production since the 1940s. However, the Mego Batman figure, released in the early 1970s, stands above the rest of the figures as the most collectible. Of all the Batman figures, no other manufacturer modelled a figure after Adam West, possibly the most iconic Batman.


9 G.I. Joe Nurse

Mego BatmanThe G.I. Joe action figures were the first action figures; the line has a long history of collectible figures. The G.I. Joe nurse produced in 1967 is the most collectible figure, though it does not go up for sale often. The first female G.I. Joe did not sell well and the manufacturer promptly cancelled it. However, an alternative in collectibility is the Vietnam nurse figurine.


10 Laser Light He-Man and Skeletor

Mego BatmanMuch like the release of Yak Face, the Laser Light He-Man and Laser Light Skeletor figures were both among the last products released in the He-Man line of toys in 1988. These two figures used AAA batteries to light up their weapon. The manufacturer released both exclusively in European markets in 1988.


How to Buy Collectible Action Figures

Know that it may take months or even years to find the perfect action figure; collectors often hold on to their rare and vintage figurines. When searching on eBay, follow sellers who often offer vintage or rare action figures to see their new listings. Add search terms such as "rare", "vintage", or "limited edition" to narrow down results; also consider adding the year the action figure was released. Check listing details to understand the condition of the action figure and any items that come with it.
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