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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Do you want to know the value of your action figure collection? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of action figures. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your action figure. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours.

Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your action figures? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered.

What is the history of action figures?

While our modern concept of "action figures" was born in the early 1960s, their predecessors date back centuries. Many ancient civilizations created small figurines used as toys by children. These figurines were made from materials like clay, stone, ivory, bone, or wood, representing people, animals, or mythological creatures.

When did action figures become popular?

The early 1960s marked the emergence of what we now commonly refer to as "action figures." G.I. Joe, produced by Hasbro in 1964, was the first widely recognized action figure. Similarly, the British company Palitoy introduced "Action Man" in 1966. Both were 12 inches tall, made of plastic, and featured a range of accessories.

What is the difference between an action figure and a doll?

Action figures are typically marketed towards boys, featuring exaggerated or superhero proportions, often in combat poses, and include various accessories. Dolls, marketed towards girls, tend to be more realistic or lifelike, dressed in fashionable clothes, and used in various play scenarios.

Why did people start collecting action figures?

Adults' interest in collecting action figures began in the 1980s as nostalgia for toys like Star Wars and G.I. Joe rekindled. Comic book and sci-fi fandoms, coupled with online marketplaces, contributed to the rise of action figures as collectibles.

What are the most expensive action figures?

The most expensive action figure sold at auction was a one-of-a-kind prototype of the G.I. Joe "Rocket-firing" Boba Fett figure, selling for $185,850. Another high-value item was a mint-condition, rare vinyl-caped Jawa action figure from Star Wars, selling for $18,000 online.

What are the most common action figures?

Popular action figure lines seen frequently include Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, Marvel Comics, and Power Rangers.

How are action figures valued?

The value of an action figure depends on rarity, condition, age, popularity, packaging, and demand. Older, well-preserved, and sought-after figures often hold higher value.

How can I sell my action figures?

Research your collection's value, considering individual sales for higher-value figures and bundling lower-value ones. Highlight unique features, provide clear photos, and choose a suitable online marketplace. When selling, ensure careful packaging and use a reliable shipping service.

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