No pop culture phenomenon has captured the imaginations of fans quite like Star Wars has. There is more merchandise for this franchise than any other pop culture property, and it was the first movie to make action figures popular. Some fans have massive and impressive collections of Star Wars toys. Steve Sansweet is a former Lucasfilm employee and the founder of Rancho Obi-Wan in northern California. This is where Sansweet houses the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world. His collection is estimated to consist of nearly 1 million items, and it’s worth millions of dollars.
Of course, some Star Wars collectables are worth more than others. Star Wars Hot Toys and collector’s edition Lego sets have high retail prices, but it’s the extremely rare action figures from decades past that command the highest prices today. If there are only a few copies of an item, or if it is a one of a kind because of a manufacturing defect, then the piece can be worth an insane amount of money. Combine that with the popularity and cultural significance of Star Wars and you’re talking about a goldmine! Would you shell out cash for a chance to own one of these rare and valuable Star Wars toys? Here are ten Star Wars toys that are worth thousands of dollars.
10 Sideshow Collectibles Obi-Wan Kenobi - $2,000
Premium format figures are all the rage with collectors today, but they are certainly not cheap. This Legendary scale Obi-San Kenobi figure by Sideshow Collectibles retailed for an insane $2,000 USD. The figure has hand-stitched clothing and stands over three feet tall. It is so detailed you might not even realize that it is a toy and not a real life Jedi master.
This figure is certainly not something kids would be playing with. Only 200 were made, and because it is no longer in production it can sell for much than $2,000 on the secondary market.
9 Double-telescoping Figures - $2,000 to $18,000
Darth Vader is one of the greatest villains in cinematic history, so of course his action figure would be very much in demand. This was one of the original Star Wars action figures to be made, and since few people thought to save these figures, they are quite scarce. This figure featured a unique play feature. Vader's lightsaber was made of two pieces of plastic, and it extended to look like he was preparing his lightsaber for battle.
It’s very difficult to find one of these figures in mint condition, but if you do find one you can expect to pay thousands of dollars for this culturally significant toy. Loose figures alone are valued at $2,000. The Obi-Wan and Luke figures were equipped with the same feature, and they command similarly exorbitant prices. One tiny piece of extra plastic makes these figures worth thousands more than the more common single-telescoping versions.
8 Yak Face - $2,300
Here’s a Star Wars character you have probably never heard of. Yak Face is the favorite character of exactly no one, but that doesn’t mean his toy isn’t worth a ridiculous amount of money.
This figure was never released in the USA. Instead, it was only released in Canada, Australia and Europe. Yak Face briefly appeared in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It was the last figure produced by Kenner due to declining sales, so it was simply shipped out to stores and quickly forgotten. However, hardcore collectors have driven up the price of this figure substantially.
7 Lego Millennium Falcon - $4,000 to $5,000
When it was released nearly ten years ago, this holy grail of Star Wars Lego sold for a whopping $500 USD, but today it regularly sells for ten times that. It’s the second largest Lego set ever released and the largest Star Wars set.
Multiple Millennium Falcon Lego sets have been released since this one, including The Force Awakens one currently in stores, but they are nowhere near as valuable because they aren’t nearly as rare and they are much, much smaller. This set is worth a lot now, but if Lego releases another Ultimate Collector’s Set Millennium Falcon, expect the prices of these 2007 sets to plummet.
6 Vlix From Star Wars: Droids - $6,000
This rare Star Wars figure is of a character you probably didn't know existed, and even if you have heard of him, you probably don’t care. Vlix Oncard was the villain in the critically reviled Droids cartoon. The rarity of this figure and the fact that it was only released in Brazil make it worth a ton.
It also has the distinction of being one of the only valuable toys based on something other than the original trilogy of Star Wars films. Despite the character’s lack of popularity, the figure is still worth about $6,000 if it is still in the package or “on card.” Vlix’s last name, Oncard, is a reference to the action figure’s rarity and value. Clever.
5 Empire Strikes Back Medical Droid - $10,000
At the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is gravely injured and almost freezes to death on the icy planet of Hoth. Luckily, Han Solo comes to his rescue and once again save Luke’s hide. Back at the Echo base, a crack team of medical droids heal Luke, including FX-7.
Someone must be a big fan of the medical droid FX-7 because a 1980 Palitoy figure of the robot sold for over $10,000 at an auction just last year. The figure was in mint condition and unpunched, which drove up the value significantly. The toy sold for much more than its original appraised value.
4 Unpainted Boba Fett Prototype - $17,000
Dan “Punkass” Caldwell, the founder of MMA clothing company Tapout, bought this rare prototype figure. He paid an absurd $17,000 for it. It is one of only a few rocket firing Boba Fett prototype figures known to exist. A Boba Fett action figure with a rocket firing missile jetpack was set to be released to coincide with the character’s appearance in The Empire Strikes Back.
However, the toy was cancelled because of its danger to children. The toy was pulled for being a choking hazard, but the prototypes used to design the figure are now worth thousands.
3 Unpunched Boba Fett - $27,000
The mysterious bounty hunter known as Boba Fett is undoubtedly one of the most popular Star Wars characters of all time, if not the most popular. That’s one of the reasons his action figures are in such high demand and fetch insane prices. A Palitoy Boba Fett figure mint on card with an unpunched hole sold at an auction earlier this year for a staggering $27,000 USD.
A loose figure will go for much less, but still might command a few hundred dollars. This Boba Fett figure was in perfect condition, and the hole on the box used to hang toys on store shelves still had the tiny piece of cardboard in it. Unpunched figures are extremely rare to begin with, but a Boba Fett figure in such condition is almost unheard of.
2 Rare Rocket Firing Boba Fett - $50,000
This rocket firing Boba Fett is believed to be worth even more money than the previous entry. Kenner cancelled the release of the figure after a child choked and died on a projectile from a Battlestar Galactica toy. A Star Wars collector appeared on Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men television show attempting to sell this rare, high-grade toy at the director's comic book store in New Jersey.
This figure is believed to be worth $50,000 or even more because it is so rare, detailed and in near-perfect condition. The storied history of this figure and its rarity will likely make it one of the most expensive Star Wars toys for the foreseeable future.
1 Jawa With Vinyl Cape - $53,000
It may be surprising that an action figure of a character that was never anyone’s favorite could fetch such an insane price, but the rarity of this figure makes it worth more than the majority of Star Wars figures. Most of the Jawa figures came with a cloth cloak, but the first figures to hit shelves had a vinyl cape.
The vinyl cape version was quickly replaced, so that’s why it’s so rare. The figures usually sell for around $10,000 or more, but a near mint figure that was graded by the Action Figure Authority was once listed on eBay for $53,000