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British collector’s hoard of 600 vintage action figures goes on sale for a staggering £130,000

British collector’s enormous hoard of 600 vintage action figures including Star Wars, Thundercats, and Flash Gordon goes on sale for a staggering £130,000

  • Figures from Star Wars, Flash Gordon and Masters of the Universe will go under the hammer later this month
  • The sale, consisting of 617 lots, is being held by Vectis Auctions, of Stockton on Tees, County Durham
  • The most valuable item in the sale is Palitoy Star Wars vintage R2D2 figure, dating back to 1985, worth £1,800 

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An enormous single-owner collection of vintage plastic action figures, mainly from the 80s and 90s, has emerged for sale for £130,000. 

Figures from Star Wars, Flash Gordon and Masters of the Universe will go under the hammer alongside memorabilia from Thundercats and Clash of the Titans. 

The figures, believed to be the biggest group of its type to be sold in the UK, have been brought together over several decades by an esteemed British collector. 

The sale, consisting of 617 lots, is being held by Vectis Auctions, of Stockton on Tees, County Durham. 

They are being held by Vectis Auctions, of Stockton on Tees, County Durham

The figures, believed to be the biggest group of its type to be sold in the UK, have been brought together over several decades by an esteemed British collector and are being held by Vectis Auctions, of Stockton on Tees, County Durham

The most valuable item in the sale is a 4ins Palitoy Star Wars vintage R2D2 figure, dating back to 1985, which is worth £1,800 and has never been taken out of its original box

The most valuable item in the sale is a 4ins Palitoy Star Wars vintage R2D2 figure, dating back to 1985, which is worth £1,800 and has never been taken out of its original box

The majority of the collection are graded and display sealed to prevent wear or deterioration.  

The most valuable item in the sale is a 4ins Palitoy Star Wars vintage R2D2 figure, dating back to 1985, which is worth £1,800 and has never been taken out of its original box. 

On the back of the packaging is a list of other figures that would have been collected by fans alongside this one, including Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. 

The sale also includes a number of rare Lord of the Rings carded figures from the 1978 cartoon version, estimated at up to £500 each. 

Another Star Wars figure of a Death Droid is expected to fetch £1,600. The majority of the collection are graded and display sealed to prevent wear or deterioration

Another Star Wars figure of a Death Droid is expected to fetch £1,600. The majority of the collection are graded and display sealed to prevent wear or deterioration

The sale also includes a number of rare Lord of the Rings carded figures from the 1978 cartoon version, estimated at up to £500 each, including this one of Aragorn

The Thundercats Bengali figure with 'Battle-Matic action' has an estimated price of £400 when the sale takes place on August 19

The sale also includes a number of rare Lord of the Rings carded figures from the 1978 cartoon version, estimated at up to £500 each, including the one of Aragorn (left) and the Thundercats Bengali figure (right) with ‘Battle-Matic action’ has an estimated price of £400

Another Star Wars figure of a Death Droid is expected to fetch £1,600 and among the other highlights is a 1987 Mattel Masters of the Universe Gwildor figure. 

The highly-collectible piece, still in its original packaging, has a guide price of £300.

TV and film specialist at Vectis Nick Dykes said: ‘We have recently experienced an increasing demand for more toys from this period, especially in excellent condition. 

A Masters of the Universe Tung Lashor action figure carries an estimate of £300. TV and film specialist at Vectis Nick Dykes said they are now regularly achieving four-figure sums for Masters of the Universe

This Tiger Sharks Bronc action figure has a Toys R Us price tag for $7.99 but has an estimated price of £400

A Masters of the Universe Tung Lashor action figure (left) carries an estimate of £300 and the Tiger Sharks Bronc action figure (right) has a Toys R Us price tag for $7.99 but has an estimated price of £400

‘These are toys that typically would not have cost a fortune to buy originally but are now commanding high prices.

‘Star Wars collectables, particularly vintage, has always attracted large figures, but now we are regularly achieving four-figure sums for He-Man, Masters of the Universe and similar. 

‘We recently sold a He-Man pack for £12,000 against a £800 estimate. We expect this sale to be particularly popular.’

The sale, which will take place on August 19, will be online only due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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