Star Wars Action Figure Variant Covers (Marvel)

Most comic book collectors out there have some nostalgic memory of Star Wars. It could have been being around to see A New Hope in theatres in 1977, or memories of the prequel trilogy.  For those that remember Star Wars the first time around (like me!) then you probably hounded your parents for those Kenner figures that many of us still fondly remember.  I can still picture how excited I was when I got the Luke Skywalker figure with a slide out lightsaber built into his arm.  This little bit of my childhood is why I got so excited about Marvel’s variant covers for their Star Wars launch.  The classic look of the figure packaging has been re-purposed for some very cool, retro looking books, like the ones below:

Star Wars #1 – Luke Skywalker Variants

It started with Star Wars #1, which of course need a Luke Skywalker variant. This is a nice book for any serious Star Wars collector.  For those that really want to complete their collection, we have the ultra rare black and white version which was handed out to comic book store owners who attended the Diamond Breakfast at the 2015 C2E2 Comic con in Chicago, with copies limited to one per store.  You can purchase the regular variant from our online shop or give us a call about the black and white variant .

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These covers were a huge success, with other number 1s for Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Lando, Han Solo, and new The Force Awakens character Poe Dameron, as well as other iconic characters like Chewbacca and Obi-wan Kenobi.

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Marvel continued the trend, with more variants for issues #2-16 as well with an assortment of lesser known, but still very interesting, and very collectible characters.

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For those that can’t get enough of Darth Vader, there is also the Star Wars: Vader Down back cover variant, and the exclusive three pack mail away.

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We have a huge selection of  other exclusives, such as the John Tyler Christopher Star Wars #4 Boba Fett. Star Wars #7 Black and White Boba Fett, Poe Dameron #1 Black and White, and a Han Solo #1: Bespin.
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Until the end of November we are running specials with variant covers starting at $10 and CGC/CBCS graded books starting under $100! Come by today and have a look at one of the best Star Wars variant cover selections in London!

Niagara Falls Comic Con 2016 Report

2016 marked the third year of Forest City Coins participating in the Niagara Falls Comic Con – a show that I always look forward to.  Comic books aside, I mean, who doesn’t like to go to Niagara Falls?  The amusements, entertainment and attractions don’t do as much for me now as they used to when I was a kid, but I still greatly enjoy the magnificence of The Falls, itself.

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It’s a decent sized show, held in a very nice venue, the Scotia Bank Convention Centre.  It was very well attended this year, with many showing up to see the great lineup of celebrities that the organizer put together.  Just a few of the notable celebrities that come to mind are Vern Troyer (Mini Me), Henry Winkler (The Fonz), Lou Ferrigno, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob), and Peter Davison (Dr Who).  Also present, were wrestling legends Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Hillbilly Jim, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Shawn Michaels. And of course, there was lots of great cosplayers!

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A 3-day show usually equates to a 4-day show, when you take into account an extra day to drive there and set up.  After a two-hour drive and a busy morning/afternoon of setting up our booth, I was very pleased. I am mostly a comic book seller, but sometimes I will cart with me some miscellaneous items that I’d like to let someone else have a turn to own.  It’s not uncommon to see me selling toys, statues, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, as well as vintage comics.  At this show, I had also brought celebrity 8×10 photos, in case someone wanted to meet one of the guests, and also the sleeves and top loaders that these 8x10s slide into, for protection.
The sales were pretty good, and overall it was another very successful show. Some of my notable sales were as follows:
Graded:

  • Marvel Tales #96 CBCS 5.0
  • Witchcraft #3 CGC 7.5
  • Unseen #10 CGC 7.5
  • Iron Man #282 CGC 9.8
  • Iron Man #282 CGC 9.2
  • Strange Adventures #180 CGC 5.5
  • Superman #52 CBCS 4.0
  • Venom/Deadpool What If? #1 CGC 9.8.

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Raw:

  • Reid Flemming #1
  • Marvel Spotlight #32
  • Marvel Spotlight #5
  • Swamp Thing #37
  • Batman Adventures #12
  • Devil Dinosaur #1
  • Incredible Hulk #271
  • Watchmen #1
  • Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134
  • Batman #227
  • X-Factor #5
  • Amazing Adult Fantasy #12
  • Many Deadpool books
  • Many (many!) Star Wars action figure variants
  • Canadian edition comics
  • and of course our awesome solution of dollar books!

To be honest, the 8×10 photos didn’t sell that great for me this time, but I sold a record number of sleeves and top loaders to the people walking around with photos, but no holders.

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Again, it was a fun and successful show, and I’m already looking forward to next year!