Saturday, November 30, 2013

What I Bought With My Hake's Americana Prize Money

As many of you may know, I won the Cool and Collected and Hake's Americana contest for League of Extraordinary Bloggers members. Hake's selected my post as the winner from the many posts entered by my fellow Leaguers. I am humbled to have won with so many great posts of pop culture collectible dreams hoping to come true.

I originally had a concept to start a prototype toy collection, but the bids had quickly gone beyond my budget and I decided to shoot for something that I felt would wind up more in my price range.

Even with all the Star Wars toys in my possession I have never owned any of the 12 inch action figures, which I've had a goal to start that part of my collection as well. So I decided now as just a good a time as any to get started and with $100 kick starting my bid I chose to go for the 12 inch Vintage Princess Leia figure,

The force was with me and my hunch to go for this figure was right on and I can expect my winning auction to arrive within the next week or so. Below is a look at what I won.

Item Description

9x13x2” deep box contains 11.5” tall posable figure and accessories by Kenner ©1977, 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. Authentically detailed figure has life-like hair, complete with “Star Puffs,” Leia’s signature hairdo, dress and “Alderanian Cape” and comes with royal belt and small bag containing comb and brush. Complete with Kenner papers including catalogue and hairstyle booklet. Box flap is not folded over and figure remains sealed in box by original tape strips. Box has some handling wear with lt. creasing to flap at corners which show some wear. VF with figure Mint as packaged. (H - $200 to $400)

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My many thanks goes out to Cool and Collected and to Hake's Americana and Collectibles once again. I'll be sharing more about acquisition when it arrives.

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.


  1. Very cool. I love my Hakes Shadow Ring which I paid all of six dollars for when MY gift certificate was used. It's so cool to have such a premium collectible in your collection because you know if you got it from Hakes that it's the real deal and the condition is immaculate. You will be very happy with what you get. Good on ya brother.

  2. Very cool John. So very happy you won the contest.


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