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#1 thx1138

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 09:14 AM

Can anyone tell me or look up what would be a good price for a Blue Sparky robot by Yoshiya.
My database isn't that old so I do not have it yet :)

The one I'm looking atdoesn't have the box
Has some rust problems
Problems with the key, it seems that the key has broken of

So what would you give for it?
And is the blue version rarer then the other ones?
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#2 gernot

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:41 PM

If you are addicted to Sparkys the colored ones are the ones to get.

Compared to the silver plain and lithoes versions as well as the gold versions, the blue versions are most difficult to get in any condition- from my experience.


From the two different blue existing versions the version with the gears (as shown in your picture) is not as rare as the one with the pistons on the chest, which is the most valuable of all Sparkys.

Boxed and in perfect condition the one you showed could easily make a 4 digit number.

The presented condition with much rust and missing key is quite difficult to judge.
For such toys - rare and bad condition - there is never a fixed market price.

Still in this condition I guess it should be worth more than a good condition plain silver Sparky.

So, it is up to you - as always it is - what are you willing to pay for it.

If you really like the colors and litho and do not want to wait years for a better one, if you can live with its present condition, then I would go for it, and bid what its worth for you.
Do not expect to improve the condition on this one.

Still even rusty it is a very spevial robot with a certain appeal.

For reference ( yes, I am addicted to Sparkys!) here is a nice group shot including all of the beautiful colored variations.

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#3 thx1138

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:32 PM

Gernot thank you for you explanation.
I'm not a sparky fan, YET :), because there are so many and also so many repro's. So I thought it was something I would investigate in the future. Untill this one came by.

Is it possible to restore him and I mean to open him up and put in a new key etc... from one of the new repro robots. Or are they different in many ways.

#4 David Kirk

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:29 PM

I'd think two or three hundred would be OK. The blue one doesn't come up too often and it doesn't look too rusty here. Try winding it up with pliers. If it doesn't work you've got more room to negotiate.
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:41 AM

Here's one in my collection of photos and prices that went for $450. Note the writing on the legs. I think it was in working condition.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 01:07 PM

I saw a very nice blue one with the more common box sell for about $1300, not too long ago.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 10:27 PM

Robotopia:
what does it say on his left leg?

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:42 AM

I don't know. It was from an Ebay Auction. Some kid probably really liked this toy and didn't want it to get mixed up with all the other blue sparky's. :biggrin:
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