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Questions about series 77 figures
Wolf-Leader
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New Hampshire, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 09:17 AM UTC
Hi everyone,
I just bought a box of figures at a estate sale and found a couple of figures entitled series 77 and historex. Can you guys please tell me if these are of any value? If they're not then I might just try to maybe trade for some other figures or sell them. I paid only 15.00 for the entire box of approximately 25 figures and about 15 model kits mainly 1/72nd scale.
Please help if you can. The price for the box was hard not pass up. So if they are not worth much then I will take what I want and throw the rest away,just don't have the room!
Thank you.
mohammedcohen
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 09:52 AM UTC
As a painter of the 70s I can tell you that when these came out in the mid-70s they were probably the BEST large scale (at the time, the standard scale was 1/54th) figures of their time - they are highly prized among us older collectors (I'm 63)...I sold a few to a guy in Georgia a couple of years ago, but forget the price we agreed on - IIRC it was about 20 bux on average - a bit more for the ones he really wanted - I had a rather large collection of them in my 'Vast White Army' and knew I'd never get to paint then all...the value of each kit depends upon, as most things do, it's desirability, rarity, etc - you might be best to put 'em on flEa-Bay and see what kind of bids you get...they made IIRC, TWO large 1 or 250 mm kits - a Landsknecht & a pirate, which command a higher price than the regular boxed kits - prior to the boxed kits there were assembled kits, primed & ready to be painted (I bought a bunch at the old 'Soldier Shop' in upper Manhattan) - they are probably the most rare of the entire series...Do a Google search for a copy of their old catalogs - I sold mine with the kits...in short, YES, you DO have a small treasure trove there, but to give you an exact value is impossible...go to flEa-Bay and see if they have any...last time I looked (about 3-4 years ago) there were a number of them...DO NOT sell them cheaply...they are scarce and becoming more so as the months and years pass...feel free to contact me at my e-mail...I might still have a VERY old Series 77 catalog hiding somewhere, which is NOT for sale, but for reference
CB in FL
mohammedcohen
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 03:54 PM UTC
Go here:

http://www.series77.com/index.html
It's the sculptor's ( Pat Bird's) site...he's retired here in FL but you might find information you need/want - also Google Series 77 - you'll be surprised at what you find...I certainly was!!!

CB in FL
Hohenstaufen
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 08:58 PM UTC
Gawd! Series 77, that takes me back! I remember I bought two of the Imperial Germans way back when I was still at school. Strange to think they might be worth something (they are painted quite well). I didn't buy any more because the two I bought had a weird "pebbled" surface effect on them, I think it may have been down to too much release agent used on the mould, or perhaps they were made first thing in the morning and had some condensation in! It didn't spoil the figures they still painted up OK, but I always preferred the sharper detail of Stadden and Tradition (not just because I worked for them!). I do remember distinctly that there were regular releases of bigger and bigger figures that featured in Military Modelling, I recall the pirate and the crossbowman particularly. I didn't realise the range was so large, I think we only saw a small portion over here, in the pre- Internet days.
Hohenstaufen
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 09:07 PM UTC
Historex - I remember them also. They were French 54mm plastic kit figures nearly all of Napoleonic subjects, with a heavy bias to French subjects. They were very good quality and the positions were easily modified. They were a staple of 54mm figure painters and animators in the 70's. I never bought any, I seem to remember they were as expensive or more so than metal figures! They also did artillery, the train and even ambulances!
Another manufacturer of the period to look out for is "Helmet". They used to plate parts of their kits, so e.g. a French Cuirassier had a polished breastplate, thereby removing the problem of getting a bright effect. Very cool.
AJLaFleche
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:08 AM UTC
Jody, put together a list of what you have and ask over at Planet Figure and Timelines Forum. As for Historex, back in the mid 70's they sold at about $10 for a static figure. One great thing was the use of individual parts for buckles, emblems, etc., which left you with lots of detailing parts for other projects.
PzDave
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 07:09 PM UTC
You scored on the box of figures!! Well done. To the old guys who paint figures they will think you did OK!!

I am looking for Lassett 54mm if anyone has any??