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Bizzare Scarce Bestle Vintage Halloween Hinged Figure Electricity Dragon cv9838

I finally made it through this seller's over-caffeinated prose, shaking my head at his reference to the pineal gland. Thanks, Doc! This was produced by Beistle in 1929 and marketed as a Jointed Lightning Wumpus - The Hallowe'en Dragon. This is in superb condition, perhaps in the top two I've seen. SGV for these is $525, but I'll be surprised if this doesn't exceed that price given its condition. Beistle produced two Wumpus designs - the other being made in 1931. Using the same basic design, they produced two Skairo Bugs, one scowling (1929) and one smiling (1931). 

06/29 Update: This sold for $542, exceeding SGV but barely so. I did thing it would have fetched more given its exemplary condition. 


This jagged-edged, large diecut was made by Beistle for one season only, 1931. Because of its complicated structure, these are almost never found in the condition this one is described as having. In my view, this is an instance where the premium over sustainable guide value is warranted. I'd encourage anyone who has been wanting to acquire a near-mint example of one of these lightning creatures to snap this up pronto.