While preparing to make the original “Star Wars” in the 1970s, George Lucas took a big-time gamble. The filmmaker, then known for the dystopian sci-fi flick “THX-1138” and the coming-of-age drama “American Graffiti,” agreed to accept a smaller fee for writing and directing “Star Wars” in exchange for 100 percent of the merchandising rights. The Force was clearly with Lucas, as not only did “Star Wars” become a global phenomenon, the revenue from toys inspired by that galaxy far, far away made Lucas a multibillionaire.
In 2012, Lucas sold his company, Lucasfilm, to Disney, meaning the Mouse House is now in charge of Star Wars sequels, prequels, spinoffs, video games and, you guessed it, more toys. And, sure, while the recently completed sequel trilogy made oodles of cash, it’s doubtful that action figures of Rey and Kylo Ren will make enthusiasts salivate the same way they would for a vintage Han Solo or Luke Skywalker.
Certain high-quality Star Wars action figures can actually fetch an ungodly price on the resale mark. Here are the 35 most expensive to try and add to your collection. Or rather, as Yoda said: “Do, or do not. There is no try.”