This Week in Comic Collecting: Cartoon and Toy IP On the Rise

Michael Caloca / ONE37pm

Last week I talked about the Thundercats and the upcoming movie that had CGC 9.8 copies of Thundercats #1 at $2,000. But that's only the tip of the nostalgia iceberg. Cartoon and Toy IP from the 80s and 90s has been red hot over the last year, with many properties seeing film and television series revivals in the works. This is an investment play I have been championing for several years. I think for certain generations these properties provide a natural connection that can provide ROI for Hollywood Studios and collectible investors alike.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)

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TMNT: The Last Ronin #1

Also from IDW is the red hot mini series The Last Ronin. This tells a future story written by the TMNT co-creators Eastman and Laird about the last living Turtles. This story is a return to the Turtles' gritty past and has seen record sales and popularity. Currently the 1:10 and 1:25 ratio variants are selling below Cover A, which is highly irregular. With some market correction, there could be some potential for profit there. I also believe we are amidst the release of a timeless classic comic story. The long term value of this series is something that intrigues me. 

With all of this in mind, we are due for a rebooted film franchise. Before we get more live action (which is supposed to be imminent), a CGI feature film is in the works from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. This teen focused film has a real chance to break out the way Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse did. I am very bullish on the Turtles going forward. 

G.I. Joe


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Transformers #1 / Marvel

Transformers, much like G.I. Joe, was first published by Marvel with issue #1 selling recently for approximately $2,000. Recent asking prices seem to be pushing this book towards $3,000 plus. Now may be a good time to get in on this sleeping giant of an IP. 

Power Rangers

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #55

The same can be said for Parrots Mathew Cook, who first appears as a student and boyfriend to Kimberly in GO GO Power Rangers #1 before becoming the new Green Ranger in MMPR #55. I love #55 long term. This is a comics original character and a new Green Ranger has huge potential if done via movie or TV. These issues are still totally under the radar. The raw buy and slab play is probably the move here. 

Masters of The Universe

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