A long time ago, in a state sort of far away, George Lucas created a sci-fi world which spawned numerous sequels, video games, books and action figures. Star Wars is one of the most successful franchises of all time with its six films generating over $8 billion in revenue and a total franchise revenue, as confirmed by Forbes, entering the $27 billion range. Whether you grew up in the 1970s, 80s, 90s or early 2000s, Star Wars likely influenced you in some way. With Disney now in control of the franchise, you can expect a slew of new movies and merchandise as Mickey looks to cash in on a proven money maker – and hopefully make up for the last three films released in the series.
Of course, many of us fell in love with the movies, went to see them in theatres and owned the VHS tapes – ah, those massive bulky tapes that degraded over time. Long before we were sucked into buying a relentless stream of “digitally enhanced” and “improved” DVD collections with more and more terrible CGI additions, we played with the toys. Running around our houses and back yards we pretended we were Luke Skywalker or Han Solo, attacking the Death Star or fighting of hordes of Tie Fighters. Our toys got dirty, they suffered ‘battle damage’ and parts mysteriously went missing only to be found dug up in a garden or driveway decades later. If we knew then what we know now, many of us would have unwrapped those figures and toys, looked at them and then stored them away, unopened. Realistically, it didn’t happen and the toys were played with and damaged, lowering their value but providing us with priceless memories.
The following list looks at 10 of the most valuable Star Wars action figures. Unsurprisingly, almost all of them are from the 1977-1979 period when Star Wars toys were just getting onto the market. In most cases, the general market value of the figure is listed. Don’t be fooled, these toys often sell privately for a lot more than the ‘official’ values listed here. In a few cases, recent auction values have been added to show just how much money mint-boxed versions of these action figures command in today’s market.
10 Blue Snaggletooth - $500-$700
9 9. Luke Skywalker (with double-telescoping lightsaber) - $1000
8 Han Solo (with blaster) - $1,000
7 Yak Face - $1,000
6 Boba Fett - $2000
5 Vlix - $4,000
4 Obi-Wan Kenobi (with double-telescoping lightsaber) - $6,000-7,000
3 Darth Vader (with double-telescoping lightsaber) - $6,000-7,000
2 Medical Droid FX-7 – approx. $12,000
1 Vinyl Cape Jawa - $18,000+
The Jawa was released by Kenner as part of the original 12 action figures in 1978. For several months, Kenner sold the Jawa with a vinyl cape, similar to what was found on the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader action figure. As the Jawas were the smallest action figure in the line and yet still cost the same (around $1.99) as other figures, the people at Kenner decided that the consumer might feel a bit ripped off. Therefore, the Jawa’s vinyl cape was replaced with a cloth cape to compensate for the figure’s small size. The halt in production of vinyl-clad Jawas meant this particular toy was rare almost from the get-go. Since then, many fake vinyl Jawas have come onto the market in order to cash in on the $2000-$3500 market value. In all likelihood, collectors will spend a lot more than this, as proven by one recent auction which fetched over $18,000 for an authentic, packaged and mint-condition vinyl cape Jawa.
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