The Definitive G.I. Joe " Pimp Daddy Destro " Action Figure Resource.
Yep. The Pimp Daddy Destro is a mighty rare action figure. Collector "completists" can go their entire "collecting lives" without acquiring one. In relation to the typical number of mass produced action figures (which is hundreds of thousands!)...the PDD is truly the "needle in the haystack". And as usual, rarity leads to increased value and desirability. There was a time when you could purchase this 3 3/4" tiny piece of plastic for less than...$1,000. Those were the days! And those days are LONG gone...
On April16, 2006, a LOOSE & COMPLETE (action figure which has been removed from it's original packaging, and has all of it's weapons/accessories) Pimp Daddy Destro sold for $1,980 USD on Ebay. This was the last recorded public sale of a PDD, though often sales of high-priced & desirable items like the PDD take place privately.
There have been even older sales on Ebay of Pimp Daddy Destros, which have sold for > $2,000 USD. (Unfortunately, a computer hard drive crash has erased the records I had of those sales!) But factoring-in the recent April 2006 sale, it seems the new expected average price of a LOOSE PDD is approximately $1,500 to $2,000 USD. I'd also add (and it's up for debate, of course) that a LOOSE PDD without it's weapons/accessories would also be near or at the $1,500to $2,000 mark. The real value of this LOOSE figure is the action figure itself, not the accessories. (And we know the accessories are the same as the later released & common 1997 regular Destro, with pink-launcher)
Mint On Card (MOC) a.k.a Still Packaged/carded Pimp Daddy Destros are usually worth more on the collector's market, than LOOSE PDDs, as would be expected. The reason behind this is that toys are generally made to be opened and played-with. Thus, the consensus is more toys are typically opened versus kept in their packaging. Even with these 1997 releases (which were geared toward nostalgic collectors & fans of the 1980's G.I.Joe toy line), the more valuable are the sets still unopened & in their original packaging. Add to this, the fact that the PDD was cancelled and production stopped. It's be logical to assume, only a small percentage of the loose PDDs that were produced in this initial production test actually made it to the packaging stage.
About two years ago (2004), the first CARDED Pimp Daddy Destro sold in a private sale for approx. $2,250 USD. This one was the first carded PDD widely known by the online collecting community. A few months after wards, in February and March of 2005, TWO more carded Pimp Daddy Destros emerged on Ebay (from the same seller). Both of these items sold above $2,000 USD.
As the value of the LOOSE PDD has increased in value to an average approx. $2,000, and since the carded PDDs are more rare, one can only make a best estimate as to what a carded PDD would currently sell for. The LOOSE PDDs have sold in recent memory in the low $1,000 range and now sell at the average $2,000 USD. The value has pretty much doubled.
I owned and sold a carded Pimp Daddy Destro via Ebay on 10/8/06. This was the most recent of public PDD sales, and this MOC version sold for $1,700. Though slightly low, this is still in line with a general range of $1,500 and up for a PDD. But as always, with these desirable pieces (and with any item) the PDD is ultimately valued at what the purchaser is wiling to pay to obtain one, the time of year it is sold, economic conditions, the amount of interest in the item, etc. The free market will ultimately decide the Pimp Daddy Destro's worth on any given day.
It's hard to accurately put numbers on the Pimp Daddy Destro. What I have to go on is the word of the toy's creators at Hasbro and my research into the numbers known to be in collector's hands. As mentioned before, I've communicated with as many collectors as I know that have the PDD. I've asked them, in turn, to let me know of any ELSE who has or might have one, networking onward. But some collectors are private, and don't discuss what is or isn't in their collections. (Also, I can't presume that I know ALL of the G.I. Joe collectors who might have a PDD.)
At first, I documented this information as a personal record. As this is a pricey item, the exact information like names, etc. won't be posted on this site out of privacy concerns. Also, some people just aren't vocal & are private in what they have. What follows is the results of my efforts into documenting the numbers of "known" PDDs.
(I've heard of one or two other people who have tried to record the number of PDDs "out there". As this is a daunting and often unappreciated task, I'd imagine some have stopped over the years. If anyone has some info. to share, drop me a line. I'd love to discuss with you.)
LOOSE Pimp Daddy Destros: As of 10/2006
A conservative number, but still one that gives the benefit of the doubt, is 30 of these LOOSE Pimp Daddy Destros in collections. Again, this isn't as yet an exact science. Some of the info I've gathered, amount to the "he supposedly had X number, and sold them" or "this one was bought by Person A, then sold to Person B...and now Person F has it" type information. And people will of course sometimes want to remain private and not be known to have a PDD, which is entirely their right. So, these are the circumstances one has to factor-in when qualifying this number.
There are currently 3 AFA graded LOOSE PDDs.
Mint on Card Pimp Daddy Destros: As of 10/2006
There are now 10 of these carded PDDs known to be in collector's hands. The first publically known carded PDD was sold in 2004. Subsequently, three additional were brought to light through the Ebay auctions. The remaining seven have been sold and bought privately, outside of Ebay and the internet sales.
Since the number of MOC PDDs is 1/3 of the LOOSE PDDs, the number of them known to be with collector's can be more easily /readily quantified. But again, these are educated estimates. And numbers of course will change if/when new information comes to light.
It's important to recognize too that there tends to be bubble damage on the lower bubble seal on most of the known carded PDDs. The damage is typically the "ungluing" of the plastic bubble in areas. This can appear as air-bubble "lifts" or pockets spotted along the seal, or entire sections of the glued bubble can be unglued. Why do so many of the carded PDDs show this characteristc? No reason is known. For some reason, there are wide ranging reports of the "ungluing" of the plastic bubble on many of the 1997 commemorative sets. This glue & bubble problem seems to be an issue with the 1997 sets, not just the carded PDDs.
There are currently no AFA graded MOC PDDs. A few have been submitted, but refused a grade as a carded item (due to issues with the bubbles unglueing). Two of these were then removed from the bubble and graded as AFA loose PDDS (see above).
As more LOOSE PDDs and carded PDDs are brought to light and to my attention, these lists will be updated. (Hopefully, on a semi-regular basis!)