The first part of the Andy Yanchus collection of plastic models, toys and more will be auctioned on September 17
CRANSTON, RI — Part 1 of the Andy Yanchus Collection of plastic models, die-cast toys, American models and vintage toys from the 1960s through the 1990s, will be auctioned Saturday, September 17 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, starting promptly at 10 a.m. EST, online and live at the Bruneau & Co. Gallery located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston.
Andy Yanchus is a highly regarded amateur and professional in the world of comics, modeling and toys. Its collection of plastic models is one of the most comprehensive ever released and includes an impressive and diverse selection of Japanese sci-fi model kits from Bandai, Imai, Tamiya, Midori, Aoshima and Bullmark. The die-cast toys are from Popy, Takara and Nomura.
Across all categories of the sale, there is an underlying theme of Gerry Anderson-related models and toys. Andy was a die-hard Mr. Anderson fan and compiled one of the largest archives of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Joe Mac ever. These, like all items in the collection and auction, are in mint and unused condition.
It was Mr. Yanchus’s habit of opening each piece only once, documenting and inspecting the design, before sealing it again in storage. Almost everything was bought new and much of it was documented with a collector’s stamp and the date of acquisition. This is an opportunity for fans of plastic models, American models and diecast and vintage toys to enrich their collections.
Lot 1 is a group of seven Thunderbird series model kits from Imai Kagaku’s first issue of 1967, including Thunderbird 5 with Thunderbird 3 kit no. 1-722, Thunderbird Jet-Mogura tank kit no. 729, Thunderbird excavator kit no. 736 factory sealed, Thunderbird 1 kit no. 733, Thunderbird 2 kit no. 1-721, and Thunderbird 4 kits no. 725 and 741 (estimated between $300 and $500).
Lot 2 is a complete set of 1965 (Hong Kong) Lincoln International Thunderbirds model kits, including Thunderbird 1 kit no. 2001, Thunderbird 2 kit no. 2002, Thunderbird 3 kit no. 2003, Thunderbird 4 kit no. 2004, and Lady Penelope’s Fab 1 kit no. 2005, a large set that represents Mr. Yanchus’ love of Gerry Anderson’s work (est. $500-$800).
Lot 3 is a pair of 1968 Japanese Tamiya Super Space Apollo 1 Jupiter 2 models, including the first issue of the Tamiya Super Space Apollo 1 kit no. SS101 and Jupiter 2 kit no. SS102, both with unused contents partially factory sealed, plus original paperwork Both are in exceptional condition for 1968 models. The lot should fetch $300-$500.
Lot 7 includes a rare and important Tamiya Thunder Bolt motorized racing car from 1961 (one of the few known and perhaps the most beautiful in existence) and a series Japan Hobby SF S-1 Astoro Boat Star Fire-I from the early 1960s, both with factory sealed contents and original paperwork, in overall good condition with vibrant graphics (est. $300-$500).
Lot 122 is a group that includes a 1979 Takara Microman Titan Space Knight, a 1980 Microman Blizzard B-1 Paris, a Death Marck (blue), a 1981 New Microman Mighty Suit 2 and a 1982 New Acroyear Acrosatan ( green), all with original paperwork and unused sticker sheets, an exceptional group of late Takara Microman series, (est. $500-$800).
Lot 128 is an American 3-piece set that includes the 1979 Mego Micronauts Series 5 Centaurus, Kronos, and Lobros. These three characters in particular came out at the very end of the Micronauts toy line and primarily originated in Europe via GiG. A very rare find for American collectors and a fine set of figurines (estimated between $800 and $1,200).
Lot 129 is an 8-piece MOSC Mego Lion Rock Micronauts Figure Group (USA, 1976-1980), including 1976 Mego Micronauts Acroyear (pink), Space Glider (gold), Galactic Warrior (green), 1977 Acroyear II (silver), Pharoid (grey), 1978 Galactic Defender (white) and two 1980 Lion Rock Time Traveler (black/blue) (est. $800-$1,200).
Lot 190 is a rare and desirable 1985 Polish Star Wars Prune Face of Gdansk First Generation Figure, a rare sight and opportunity for today’s Star Wars collectors (est. $800 – $1,200). Lot 198 is a Kenner Star Wars Droids Sise Fromm MOSC (USA, 1985), factory sealed C7+ with moderate wear (est. $500-$800).
Internet auctions will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the “Bruneau & Co” mobile application. on iTunes or Google Play.
Previews will be held at Bruneau & Co. Gallery on Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Doors will open on auction day at 8:00 a.m. For more information, you can call 401-533-9980, or email [email protected]
Andy Yanchus was born and raised in Brooklyn and amassed his collection in his forever home. His passion for collecting dates back to early childhood and his love for building and exhibiting models led him to attend the Pratt School of Industrial Design in New York and pursue a decade-long career at Aurora Plastics. While at Aurora, he rose to the level of Project Manager.
Yanchus then became a colorist at Marvel Comics, a position he held for 17 years. He worked on Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men, Alpha Flight and G.I. Joe, among other titles. He also worked alongside Marvel great Dave Cockrum (1943-2006) and the two men became lifelong friends. Cockrum co-created the new X-Men characters Diablo, Storm, Colossus and Mystical.
Part 2 of The Andy Yanchus Collection, with its comic collection and color guides, will take place on New Year’s Day 2023. Watch the website for details: www.bruneauandco.com.
Before that, Bruneau and Co. has two auctions scheduled for October: The Henry Anderson Golden Age Comics Collection (October 1) and a Comics, TCG and Toy Auction (October 15) .
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers always accept quality submissions for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. This would be the perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers regarding the consignment of a single piece or an entire collection, you can email [email protected]; or, you can call them at 401-533-9980.
To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and Part 1 of the Andy Yanchus Collection scheduled for Saturday, September 17, visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are released often.
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