[e3 2011 edition trigger happy]A Fortune In Plastic: Putting A Price Tag On Rare Skylanders

08-14 19:36

  

  Game Informer’s Mike Futter was lucky enough to find a Color Shift Gill Grunt at his local Toys R’ Us this weekend, but most people never see rare Skylanders action figures on store shelves. And there’s good reason, too. Given the limited supplies of these variant editions, collectors are willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money for them.

  A couple of years ago, we tracked an eBay sale of six gold and silver variants that ended up selling for $1,355.54 after 35 bids. Today, people are asking more than that for just one figure. The E3 2011 edition of Trigger Happy, which was handed out to show attendees months before the first Skylanders game released, sold for $1,725 a month ago, and a red Camo netted $2,025 in the same month.

  How are the other rare figures selling? We rounded up the latest confirmed sales for some of the more popular variants available. If you have any rare figures, list them in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to figure out what they are worth!

  

  Crystal Clear Cynder

  Game: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

  Average Selling Price: $150

  This highly sought after Cynder appeared in standard retail assortments and has sold for over $300 in previous years. More second-hand listings have appeared in recent years, driving its price down.

  

  Color Shift Gill Grunt

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $12

  This figure was originally released as an exclusive at the EB Games Expo, but started appearing at Toys R’ Us stores in January 2014. The value has plummeted from over $200 to just above retail price.

  

  Color Shift Hot Dog

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $100

  This bronze-colored version of Hot Dog was given out at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo and Games Com shows.

  

  Color Shift Shroomboom

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $800

  This figure is one of the rarest in all of the Skylanders collections. It wasn’t sold in stores, and was only handed out to Activision employees and people associated with the product. It often sells for over $1,000.

  Next up… The Value of Gold and Purple

  

  Gold Flameslinger

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $25

  People paid over $100 for this figure before learning that it was in greater quantities than previously thought. The figure is now a common sight in eBay auctions, selling for around $20-30.

  

  Metallic Chop Chop

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $130

  This figure was only given out at Activision’s booth at the 2013 New York Toy Fair.

  

  Metallic Lightning Rod

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $115

  Released to retail but in extremely limited qualities just a few months before Swap Force was released.

  

  Metallic Wrecking Ball

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $150

  This figure sells for a bit more, but is believed to have the same limited run as Lightning Rod. It was released at the same time.

  

  Metallic Eye-Brawl

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $90

  The third figure in the metallic purple line was a little easier to find (perhaps from consumer disinterest in the character), and sells for considerably less than the other two like figures.

  Next up… Turns out people collect flocked things

  

  Flocked Eruptor

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $135

  Arriving during the 2013 holiday season, this version of Eruptor is one of many of the “flocked” variety.

  

  Flocked Eruptor

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $150

  Activision created two versions of this holiday themed figure: one for retail release, and another that was given out exclusively to Activision staff.

  

  Gold Flocked Eruptor

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $650

  Only handed out to employees, the Gold Flocked Eruptor is one of the hardest figures to track down, and the only that combines two variant types.

  

  Flocked Stump Smash

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $140

  This was the second flocked figure released. The first was a green version for Spyro’s Adventure. That one sells for around $40.

  

  Sparkle Hot Head

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $125

  First appearing in Walmart and Target stores, this figure later reached most retail chains, driving its auction prices down.

  

  Sparkle Sprocket

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $150

  Released late in 2012 in what is believed to be just one shipment to retail stores.

  Next up… Stones and glow-in-the-dark variants

  

  Stone Whirlwind

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $200

  Found on retail shelves toward the end of Skylanders: Giants release.

  

  Stone Zook

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $220

  Released to retail individually and in three-packs, Stone Zook’s quantities are believed to be low.

  

  Glow-in-the-Dark Fright Rider

  Game: Skylanders: Giants

  Average Selling Price: $30

  Released in Europe and Australia, it was packaged individually and in starter boxes.

  

  Gold Fire Kraken

  Game: Skylanders: Swap Force

  Average Selling Price: $750

  Given to Beenox developers after they completed work on Skylanders: Swap Force.

  

  Gold Chop Chop

  Game: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

  Average Selling Price: $100

  Released a few months after Spyro’s Adventure hit store shelves, Gold Chop Chop is a hard figure to find, and almost always brings in over $100 in auction.

  Next up… Springtime fun and all red

  

  Flocked Springtime Trigger Happy

  Game: Skylanders: Swap Force

  Average Selling Price: $125

  There are two versions of Springtime Trigger Happy, a standard edition (which sells for just over retail price now), and this rare flocked version.

  

  Pearl Hex

  Game: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

  Average Selling Price: $200

  A 2012 Nuremberg Toy Fair exclusive.

  2012 Nuremberg Toy Fair

  2012 Nuremberg Toy Fair

  

  Metallic Dune Bug

  Game: Skylanders: Swap Force

  Average Selling Price: $220

  Handed out to a limited number of 2012 New York Toy Fair attendees.

  Got a rare figure that isn’t on the list? Tell us about it in the comments section below!