May 4th is Star Wars Day. “Star Wars” collectibles are a “force” to be reckoned with. The movie franchise started with a cultural cosmic blast in 1977 and the action figures from that original movie are attracting most collectors. Forty-something men and women, flashing back to their days of tearing into the packaging to get to Han Solo, Princess Leia or Luke Skywalker action figures, will weep when reading that those 1977 toys, in original, pristine packaging, are bringing between $2,500 to $18,000 each.
The No. 1 “Star Wars” collectibles are not the rare prototypes, but the 1977 action figures. The original 1977 “12-Back” action figures are named for the back of the cardboard packaging that has pictures of all 12 action figures. To get top money, the packaging must have no creases or tears, the plastic bubble around the figure should not be yellowed or bent, and, ideally, the small hole at the top used to hang the figure on hooks in stores must be unpunched.
Also, collectors should look for an AFA rating. A 90 or better grade means the collectible is nearly pristine.
Other top “Star Wars” collectibles are:
- Boba Fett from “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) from the “21 Back” or “48-Back” sets. A limited edition Boba Fett in a mint condition box with a special gold coin in the box sold recently for $3,500.
- A Jawa action figure in a vinyl cape. An original 1978 “Vinyl Cape Jawa” sold for $18,000 in 2015.
- A rocket-firing Boba Fett. It was taken off the market because it was considered unsafe. One was featured on an episode of “Pawn Stars” and was valued at $150,000.
- Early series LEGO series (2007). A mint condition (unopened) LEGO, 195-piece Millennium Falcon was sold on eBay in 2017 for $16,000.
Collectors certainly love their “Star Wars” figures!
May the force (Fourth!) be with you!