In 1977, a phenomenon by the name of, “Star Wars” brought a revolution to this planet. The movie is an archetypal classic, known for its unforgettable characters and unanticipated storyline. Each character has, in one way or another, made its way into our hearts. The combination of romance, action, drama, spirituality and power are simply irresistible.
So irresistible in fact that since the first release, the market has been loaded with Star Wars-themed gadgets, toys, costumes, games, apparel, shoes - you name it, you can find it. There are even different versions of the same item with subtle differences that perhaps only a trained eye would notice. With such a die-hard fandom, it’s not hard to believe that enthusiasts of this science fiction blockbuster are willing to spend infinite amounts just to add another favorite item to their collection.
The number of Star War action figures is insane and age does not seem to be a limiting factor. These collectables take people of all ages, shapes and sizes by storm (trooper that is). It looks like the Star Wars crew evokes the kid in all of us. There are even lightsaber clubs where you can practice your technique – lest you forget. For collectors, authentic Star Wars props are not only addictive, but also contagious. After all, people don’t just want to ‘watch’ the movies; they want to ‘live’ them.
Even a small piece of merchandise with the Star Wars logo on it means high profit margins for merchandisers, never mind the cost of any original products used in the films by the famous Hollywood celebrities. There is no debating it -Star Wars movie merchandise moves off of shelves at the speed of light.
As you’ll see in this list, some exceptionally loyal Star Wars fans have spent tens of thousands of dollars for the ownership of these wicked pieces.
11 Darth Vader’s cape and robe- $55,000
On the 4th of January 2005, a passionate collector decided to spend $55,000on Darth Vader’s cape and robe from the very first Star Wars film. For him, itwas not just a robe and a cape, but rather a dream come true. Not only is itintimidating and fearsome, this cape is designed to block fire and acid jets. Yes,it not only looks good, it is functional too.
10 Luke Skywalker’s flight suit - $60,000
Another die-hard fan got into Luke Skywalker’s flight suit after paying $60,000. This lucky fan can now sleep, walk and even dance wearing this heroic outfit. Who says money can’t buy happiness? This fan did! I wonder if it comes in different colours.
9 Darth Vader’s helmet and shoulder armor - $70,000
A fan of the Dark Side procured Darth Vader’s helmet and shoulder armor for $70,000 in 2003. The helmet represents power and strength, which is all you need to turn a common man into one of the most imitated villains. This mobile life support structure comes equipped with its very own respiratory system and measures cardiac. It also has temperature regulation. I am starting to think this amour could double up as a jogging accessory…
8 Obi-Wan Kenobi Cloak - $95,900
The well-known Obi-Wan Kenobi Cloak, worn in Star Wars by Sir Alec is an epic piece of memorabilia. At first glance it might seem a little plain and boring, but it made history after it was sold for $95,900 in 2007. The sense of righteousness one gets from wearing it must be far is more valuable than the price paid for it, right? This classy, stylish sack of a clock invokes pure swag (in a humble Jedi master way, of course)!
7 Chewbacca mask - $100,000
In 2007, a Star Wars supporter paid $100,000 for the iconic, hairy Chewbacca mask worn by Peter Mayhew. Chewbacca was an intelligent Wookiee that had great wisdom. Only a person with a good heart can understand his true significance. Most might think that paying so much money for this piece was ridiculous, but for one person, this purchase was the ultimate achievement. Owning this mask is certainly something to be proud of. I mean c’mon, Chewie is so entertaining that he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards. The owner might want to get the teeth checked though!
6 Darth’s Fighter Helmet - $115,000
The Star Wars mania does not end here. Another Vader fan bought Darth’s Fighter Helmet for $115,000. It was worn by Olympic Fencing in “The Empire Strikes Back” and sold at an auction in California in 2003. This black metallic helmet is dangerous, yet totally elegant -perfect for that black tie party.
5 Snowtrooper helmet worn in Episode V- $225,000
The righteous owner of this prop paid $225,000 at an auction in 2012 and now can proudly brag about owning the imperial Snowtrooper helmet that was worn in Episode V. With built-in polarized snow goggles and a state-of-the-art homing beacon, not even the harshest arctic blasts can penetrate. The suit is lined with thermal insulation and the white color provides camouflage. I wonder if the owner is from Canada?
4 Stormtrooper helmet signed by George Lucas
At a gala fund raising event, George Lucas signed this Stromtrooper helmet, which was estimated to be sold at $15,000. Miraculously, it sold for $245,000. The buyer not only helped victims of AIDS, but also made history. His devotion towards the saga is an inspiration for all other fans. The signature of George Lucas makes it completely one of a kind. Designed with a four-layer construction it must make hand-to- hand combat safer, but Luke Skywalker was right: How can you see anything with this helmet on?
3 The Han Solo Blaster weapon: $200,000 – $300,000
DL-44, The Han Solo Blaster weapon was used by Harrison Ford in “The Empire Strikes Back.” It was also used again in the Return of the Jedi. This artistically designed weapon was said to be good condition, although it does have a few battle scars as the picture shows. The blaster had an estimated value of somewhere between $200,000 – $300,000. Believe it or not, even at the price of a medium-sized home, this item made a true fan’s dream a reality. This buyer is truly part of a Hollywood legend and must be having a blast with it!
2 TIE fighter: $350,000
Back in 2008, an imaginative and creative fan bought the TIE fighter miniature in hopes of detecting aliens and spaceships from his roof. This 18 inch tall model shall always be remembered for destroying Darth Vader’s ships. The auction was arranged by the famous auction house, Profiles. For this piece, the anonymous buyer only had to pay $350,000! When you rely on speed and strength to get in touch with extra-terrestrials, nothing else will do.
1 Panavision PSR 35 mm motion picture camera: $650,000
Shockingly, the most expensive Star Wars memorabilia was never actually seen in any of the movies. It was the Panavision camera that was used to shoot the first film. It sold for $650,000. It must have been the object of affection for a true Star Wars admirer. It is a special person indeed who would spend so much money to be able to own the equipment that produced history. It is probably one of Hollywood’s most cherished cameras.
Another Star Wars inspired fan worth mentioning hails from the United Kingdom. He holds the Guinness world record for having the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia. This special effects expert has a collection of approximately twenty thousand Star Wars toys, an original C3PO and R2D2 robot and an original evil Darth Vader costume.
Besides this record-holding fan, there are many other followers of this larger-than-life story. Every day, tons of merchandise is sold all across the globe. Hollywood has produced many blockbusters, but this motion picture has an almost unbeatably loyal fan base who are willing to battle good and evil to own a piece of the galaxy.
It’s been 35 years since it was first released, and still, they are some of the most talked about films. Time may pass by, but the legend will live forever. May the force be with you!