Marvel and DC have been long-standing leaders in the comics industry. This has led to many of their storylines and characters being adapted for television and film. As a result, the popularity of these companies has risen and this has led to the manufacture of many Marvel and DC comic related products. One such product is action figures based on the main characters from the comics, television series and films. Action figures are hugely collectible items as they are a desirable object amongst collectors that have the potential to rise in value. For this reason, collectors are often willing to pay huge sums of money for rare items, such as unusual figures or those that had a limited release. If you are lucky enough to find one that is in mint condition and still in its original packaging, then you can expect to pay big bucks to become the proud owner of that action figure. Here are some of the most expensive Marvel and DC action figures ever sold.
5. Captain America- $1,052
The Captain America action figure was first released in the fall of 1973. It has been one of the most enduring figures released by figures as it maintained a high level of popularity throughout production. Between 1973 and the end of the toyline in 1982, there was a Captain America in every World’s Greatest Super-Hero assortment. Despite the number produced and the number of sales this particular figure achieved, it can still fetch large sums of money if it is in excellent condition and in its original packaging. One such figure of Captain America sold for $1,052.
4. The Riddler- $1,250
It may seem strange that The Riddler action figure appears on the list of most expensive DC action figures ever sold as he wasn’t one of the most popular characters. He was one of the villains in the Batman storylines in Marvel comics. However, his popularity increased after he was portrayed by Frank Gorshin in the Batman TV show of 1966. From that point, The Riddler became an iconic figure. In 1944, there was a ‘Super Foes’ assortment released and The Riddler action figure was part of this collection. The figures were sold in a pack of three assortment, and The Riddler was one of the rarest characters. Of all the non-superhero action figures, this was the one that can command the highest figures. One was sold at auction for $1,250.
3. Spider-Man- $1,431
Throughout the history of Marvel comics, Super-Man has remained one of the most popular superheroes as he has amazing superpowers and the storylines in which he features are fantastic. With this in mind, it is little wonder that an action figure version of this superhero would be so popular amongst collectors. Of course, some versions of the action figures are more desirable than others. In fact, throughout the production of this character in action figure form, it has been the most popular of all the Marvel characters. There are only Spider-Man and Captain America that can claim to have been in every single line of production between 1973 and 1982. The ones that are worth the most are those that are in their original packaging and it is even better if that packaging is from Kresge. This was the case of the Spider-Man figure that sold for $1.431.
2. Batman- $4.627
The early Mego Batman figure that was produced in 1973 is immensely desirable amongst collectors. This was one of the most popular DC figures produced before 1982 as the television series had catapulted this character into even greater fame than when he simply appeared in the comics. The first Batman action figure had a removable cowl while later versions had a painted-on cowl. An exclusive line of this figure was produced for Kresge Department Store and the exclusivity of these has driven up the expected price at sale. A Batman in mint condition and still in its original box fetched $4,627 at an auction.
1. Robin- $7,357
While Batman was one of the main DC characters and Robin was simply his sidekick, it is Robin that comes out on top for the most expensive Marvel action figures sold. Most people assume that is would be Batman or Spiderman that would achieve the highest figure in a sale, but there was something special about this particular Robin figure. Released in 1973, the original Robin the Boy Wonder figure had a removable mask rather than the painted facemask of later versions. This is what makes it so desirable to collectors. The figure came in a variety of sizes when it was produced between 1973 and 1982. The most expensive one sold was for $7,357.
Written by Garrett Parker
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