When did loose POTF R2 pop up saber figures shoot up in value??!!

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I'm trying to get my head wrapped around this: most of my collection was in storage up until recently, and in my collection is a loose POTF R2 with pop up saber. I start poking around online to see where values have gone on things, and I see this little droid now selling for $500-$700 LOOSE??!! Is this because there are so many new fans and collectors out there? Or, was this figure just a shorter run than the other POTF figures?

I can remember when Yak and the rocket-firing Boba were the big money figures. Man have things changed!!
 
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I watched a nice loose one sell for exact same about as a carded one in the same day!
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Crazy to pay a $500+ for a few grams of 40 year old degraded plastic. LOL. Seriously, I guess there are way less of the pop-up saber R2s in circulation than ANH or ESB/ROTJ versions. $carcity = value.
 
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$carcity = value
Correct.

To be honest, all pieces went crazy with the covid price hike. I doubt whether there would be a price adjustment. But oh well.

As for the R2, there is a general slight increase. For graded 80-85 loose figures, there is a significant upward trend. There is fewer for graded carded figures but some indication of an increase
 

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