Most Valuable Star Wars Toys
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. 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 market. These are the most expensive to try and add to your collection. Or rather, as Yoda said: "Do, or do not. There is no try."
Bottom Line: Blue Snaggletooth (1977)
Remember Snaggletooth, the ornery jerk who tried to push around Luke Skywalker at the Mos Eisley cantina before Ben Kenobi stepped in? Well, if you’ve seen the original film, then you know darn well that Snaggletooth certainly wasn’t blue!
Seems that this Kenner toy was rushed into production before anyone within the company had seen a rough cut of “A New Hope,” and once the error was realized, Snaggletooth was redesigned to match his onscreen appearance.
49. Sand People figurine (1978)
Price tag: $450
Bottom Line: Sand People figurine (1978)
As Obi-Wan told Luke, the Sand People are easily startled — and so will you be if your goal is to add an original packaged Sand People or Sand Person(s) to your collection.
Unopened, just one of those growling beasties who roamed the deserts of Tatooine is valued at nearly $500. Remember that if you already have one and want to sell it: If out of the package, the price falls to a paltry $25. Egads!
48. Comic-Con VinTage Carbonite Chamber Action Figure Set (2012)
Price tag: $559.99
Bottom Line: Comic-Con VinTage Carbonite Chamber Action Figure Set (2012)
If you were one of the fortunate few who were able to get your hands on this Comic-Con exclusive item back in 2012, good on you, for it’s since become a rather highly valued collector’s item. The action figure trio includes Jar-Jar Binks, a Clone Trooper and Darth Vader from “Return of the Jedi.”
Some of the sets even came with Jar-Jar encased in carbonite, which is precisely where that annoying dunce from outer space belongs.
47. Ben Kenobi With Gray Hair (1978)
Price tag: $700
Bottom Line: Ben Kenobi With Gray Hair (1978)
The wise old sage, Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, came out of hermit-hood at just the right moment to not only save Luke Skywalker from the Sand People but also to show him the ways of the Force and thus start him on his journey to Jedi-hood.
The years in hiding had evidently not been kind to old Old-Wan, as he slunk away into the deserts looking like Ewan McGregor but came out looking like Sir Alec Guinness. Time is a cruel master to us all.
45. Ben Kenobi With White Hair (1978) (Tie)
Price tag: $800
Bottom Line: Ben Kenobi With White Hair (1978)
Apparently, Kenner’s toymakers couldn’t agree on whether Ben had grey or white hair, so they split the difference and made one of each. The white mane on this toy was actually closer to the natural color atop Sir Alec Guinness’s pate at the time “A New Hope” was filmed, and thus “white hair” Ben is closer to his actual appearance.
Had no one heard of dying for the gray-haired Ben?
45. Princess Leia (1978) (Tie)
Price tag: $800
Bottom Line: Princess Leia (1978)
If found in mint, unopened condition, this Leia figure can bring in $800. The movie used for the packaging sees Leia on Yavin IV, the moon from which the Rebels launched their last-ditch attempt to destroy the first Death Star.
Unlike the movie, however, toy Leia appears to be wearing a cape of some manner.
44. Luke Skywalker (1978)
Price tag: $890
Bottom Line: Luke Skywalker (1978)
He was a simple farm boy from the wrong side of Tatooine’s tracks when R2-D2 and C3PO showed up in his life, thereby altering his destiny together. Luke Skywalker (originally Luke “Starkiller” before Geroge Lucas had a think on it) was the avatar for young Jedi fans everywhere.
Purchasing the Luke toy from Kenner in 1978 would have set you back only $2.89, but thanks to a ravenous fanbase — plus the “force” known as capitalism — the same toy, unopened, is today valued at $890, a major, major markup.
43. Radio Controlled Jawa Sandcrawler (1978)
Price tag: $1,100
Bottom Line: Radio Controlled Jawa Sandcrawler (1978)
Those pesky Jawas, always crawling all over the place picking up droids to sell at a later markup — capitalism at its finest in that galaxy far, far away. Since the Jawas were rather tiny folk with little stick legs, it only made sense they traveled across Tatooine in a large transport — the better to also store their wares for later hawking.
The good folks at Kenner engineered a radio-controlled sandcrawler replica from “A New Hope,” but finding one in mint condition will be the hard part. But despair ye nod, young padawan, as it’s still worth $270 out of the package.
42. Lego Chrome-Plated C-3PO
Price tag: $1,200
Bottom Line: Lego Chrome-Plated C-3PO
While not as valuable as the gold Threepio toy (more on that later), the chrome-plated version of everyone’s favorite neurotic droid from Lego can be yours for the price of your stimulus check from last spring.
Only a few were ever produced, hence its rarity — and its price.
41. TIE Interceptor (1988)
Price tag: $2,151
Bottom Line: TIE Interceptor (1988)
It was five years after “Return of the Jedi,” with the world waiting to see if George Lucas would ever make more Star Wars adventures. Despite the odd cartoon and made-for-TV movie here and there, by the late-’80s Star Wars was fading a bit from the forefront of popular culture. What better time to launch a new toy?
This TIE Interceptor was produced in Brazil in 1988, and its packaging — which is all in Portuguese — features a truly cool pastiche of Darth Vader and a Star Destroyer. Few are known to exist.
39. Han Solo 'Small Head' figure (1980) (Tie)
Price tag: $2,500
Bottom Line: Han Solo 'Small Head' figure (1980)
You’ve heard the expression that being arrogant gives you a swelled head. Apparently, the cocky Han Solo didn’t get the memo, what with this misfire of a toy wherein Han’s cranium was, well, just a bit too small for his plastic body.
This figure came out to coincide with the release of “The Empire Strikes Back,” but before long, Kenner realized the error and took them off the shelves to make Han’s proportions more, well, proportional.
39. Lego Imperial Shuttle (Tie)
Price tag: $2,500
Bottom Line: Lego Imperial Shuttle (tie)
Darth Vader’s shuttlecraft, which zoomed him from the Super Star Destroyer to the Death Star and to the moon of Endor below, has a pretty amazing design. In the film, the wings actually fold up when the craft comes in for a landing.
If you have the time, patience — and money — you can get your hands on a Lego recreation of Lord Vader’s shuttlecraft from “Return of the Jedi.” As a bonus — which is certainly necessary when spending this much money — the Lego set comes with mini figurines of Vader, Luke Skywalker, an Imperial Commander and an Imperial Pilot.
38. Lego Death Star II
Price tag: $2,600
Bottom Line: Lego Death Star II
The first Death Star was a completed sphere that had enough power to zap an entire planet into smithereens. As “Return of the Jedi” began, the second Death Star was still under construction and missing a portion of its outer shell — though as the Rebel attack fleet learned the hard way, it was still very much operational.
The Lego “Death Star II” is considered one of the more difficult projects, considering the builder is required to assemble the innards of the doomsday weapon since they appear exposed as the second Death Star was when it revolved around the forest moon of Endor.
37. Lego George Lucas (2010)
Price tag: $2,700
Bottom Line: Lego George Lucas (2010)
Apparently, someone at Lego thought it was a good idea to make the architect of the Star Wars universe into a miniature Lego figure. And we’re still not exactly sure why. Maybe so that kids of all ages from seven to 70 could shake their fist at a pint-size rendition of the filmmaker for introducing Midiclorians in the prequel trilogy. (Don’t even get us started on Jar-Jar Binks.)
But however we might feel about some of Lucas’s artistic decisions over the decades, it can’t be denied that his imagination gave birth to one of pop culture’s biggest brands. So, perhaps it’s only fitting he too comes in Lego Star Wars form in acknowledgment of his rather profitable dreams.
36. C3PO action figure (1978)
Price tag: Up to $3,000
Bottom Line: C3PO action figure (1978)
Who else remembers that “Simpsons” Halloween episode where Bart and Lisa got superpowers and did battle with a baddie known as the Collector (naturally, played by Comic Book Guy)? If you recall, the Collector accidentally takes a double-sided lightsaber out of its original packaging, thus ruining its worth forever.
Let that be a lesson to you if you happen to find this 1978 Threepio toy in the attic somewhere. For it could be worth up to $3,000 … if still in its original packaging.
34. R2-D2 Lunch Box (Tie)
Price tag: $3,200
Bottom Line: R2-D2 Lunch Box (Tie)
With Star Wars all the rage in the late 1970s and early ’80s, it was only natural that manufacturers grafted R2-D2 onto a school supply or two, especially the once-cool lunch box.
A company called King Seely unveiled this rather unique Artoo meal-transportation case in 1977, but only a very few were produced. Now they’re worth a pretty penny.
34. C-3PO Lego Minifigure Prototype (1999) (Tie)
Price tag: $3,200
Bottom Line: C-3PO Lego Minifigure Prototype (1999)
The golden-hued C-3PO — or, as Han Solo, referred to him, “Golden Rod” — has come in many shapes and sizes over the years, but this rare 1999 LEGO iteration toy may be the most golden. To coincide with the first prequel film, “The Phantom Menace,” LEGO unveiled some end-of-the-millennium collectible figurines, including this decidedly weird rendering of our favorite 6 billion language-speaking interpreter droid.
Awkward though it may look, mini-Threepio is still valued at over $3,000. That’s some “golden” rod indeed!
33. Cantina Playset (1978)
Price tag: $3,350
Bottom Line: Cantina Playset (1978)
We all fondly remember the Mos Eisley cantina, what with its “wretched hive of scum and villainy.” The year after “A New Hope” hit the big screen, Kenner fashioned a toy recreation of that interstellar watering hole, replete with a certain blue-skinned Snaggletooth (remember him from earlier?).
Scoring the original “mistake” blue Snaggletooth as part of the original Kenner playset would be totally cool, but expensive.
32. Boba Fett Lego Minifigure – Solid Bronze Promotional Giveaway (2010)
Price tag: $3,500
Bottom Line: Boba Fett Lego Minifigure – Solid Bronze Promotional Giveaway (2010)
While debates rage as to whether or not Boba Fett really is the Mandalorian in the Disney Plus series of the same name, there’s never been any doubt that the armor-suited bounty hunter has been a favorite among Force fans since he debuted in the late 1970s.
While there have been many Boba Fett toys over the years, this 2010 mini-figurine is especially prized, with onlytwo known to exist in the entire world. Could even Boba Fett himself hunt down such a prize?
29. Vlix (Tie)
Price tag: $4,000
Bottom Line: Vlix (Tie)
There’s a three-way tie for the next most valuable Star Wars toys of all time, and each is valued at a cool $4,000. Let’s start with Vlix, whose name sounds like an app you might use for ordering movie tickets with a flashlight.
Nope, Vlix was actually a minor character on the short-lived 1980s animated series “Droids” — which followed the misadventures of C-3PO and R2-D2 — and his toy is among the hottest prizes out there for collectors of uber-rare Star Wars figurines.
29. Yak Face (Tie)
Price tag: $4,000
Bottom Line: Yak Face (Tie)
It’s OK, we don’t remember Yak Face either, but sure enough, toy maven Kenner did in fact produce a plastic rendering of the beastly warrior who cruised on Jabba’s barge in “Return of the Jedi.” If you blinked, you missed him, and Yak Face quickly disappeared not only from our memories but from toy shelves shortly after production ended.
But one of the firmest laws of economics is that rarity of an item increases its value, so if you come upon a Yak Face figure in your grandson’s toy chest, gently but firmly take it so that you can put that new addition on your tool shed you’ve been wanting.
29. Darth Vader’s Original TIE Fighter Design (1977) (Tie)
Price tag: $4,000
Bottom Line: Darth Vader’s Original TIE Fighter Design (1977) (Tie)
Who could forget Darth Vader snagging two TIE Fighter pilots to help him shoot down some rascally Rebels out to destroy the Death Star? But the Lord of the Sith can’t just fly any old TIE Fighter; he had to pilot something cooler, like one with curved wings.
But we bet you didn’t know that during conception for the first film in 1977, Vader’s TIE Fighter had an entirely different design, without said curved wings. Kenner released a toy TIE based on that early prototype, and thus when it no longer matched Vader’s craft from the released film, the value of this early iteration of the Sith Lord’s ship of doom skyrocketed.
28. C-3PO LEGO (2007)
Price tag: $4,100
Bottom Line: C-3PO Lego (2007)
Oh look, Threepio is back, and he’s just as golden in this 2007 piece of plastic bearing his likeness. Why is it so valuable, you ask? Well, for the very simple reason that one — just one — of this LEGO toy was ever made and packaged for distribution.
In theory, that might make this Threepio priceless, even though it’s actually valued at just over $4,000.
27. Chewbacca (1977)
Price tag: $4,155
Bottom Line: Chewbacca (1977)
Sometimes, it’s what’s different that makes something so valuable. While there have been plenty of Chewie toys over the years, this 1977 figurine is notable for the yellow background behind the Wookie in the packaging — ironic given that Chewbacca was anything but a coward.
But whatever color background he is standing before, this Chewie was among the first Star Wars toys produced, so his resale value is enough to make anyone growl like an angry Wookie.
26. Han Solo (1978)
Price tag: $5,400
Bottom Line: Han Solo (1978)
So the background color for early Chewie’s figure was yellow, and the one for early Han’s was green? Weird, man. Or perhaps not, considering that if you’d like a mint-condition, unopened Han Solo figure, you’ll need to splash down a rather hefty amount of greenbacks to take him home.
Actually, that green background is doubly apropos considering that Harrison Ford, then a little-known actor from Lucas’ previous film, “American Graffiti,” had a day job as a carpenter — but now he’s one the biggest movie stars in the world.
25. Gamorrean Guard With Collectors Coin (1985)
Price tag: $5,500
Bottom Line: Gamorrean Guard With Collectors Coin (1985)
Gamorrean Guards weren’t exactly all that bright, or even particularly scary. These pig-faced goons ambled around Jabba’s palace and drooled all over the place (so scary, right?), and one squealed like a cornered animal when about to be gobbled up by a Rancor.
Ergo, you’d think they’d be a dime a dozen, which would be true under normal circumstances, but this Gamorrean Guard figure came with a commemorative coin. Though the coin itself is probably worthless in actual value than the material it’s made off, its rarity makes even a cynical collector drool over its resale value.
23. Boba Fett Lego Minifigure – Sterling Silver Promotional Giveaway (2010) (Tie)
Price tag: $6,000
Bottom Line: Boba Fett Lego Minifigure – Sterling Silver Promotional Giveaway (2010) (Tie)
If you weren’t at Comic-Con in 2010, it’s doubtful you’ll be able to get your hands on this silver-plated Boba Fett minifigure without plunking down $6,000. This iteration of everyone’s favorite outer space bounty hunter was a giveaway at two Star Wars events that year, but was part of a larger collector’s set.
It even comes with a “certification of authenticity,” so after you buy it, you can “prove” to all your friends how much it’s worth.
23. Droids Boba Fett (1985) (Tie)
Price tag: $6,000
Bottom Line: Droids Boba Fett (1985) (Tie)
Also fetching $6,000 is yet another Boba Fett toy, this time from the aforementioned “Droids” animated series. “Droids” only ran for 14 episodes, but Boba still had time to pop in on Threepio and Artoo.
A toy based on that appearance came and went, but now it “goes” for a rather hefty price — if you can find it.
22. C-3PO (2007)
Price tag: $6,200
Bottom Line: C-3PO (2007)
Wait, precisely when did Threepio change from gold to silver? And why was there only ever one of this 2007 toy produced?
The answer to both questions is ka-ching!
18. Mexican Darth Vader (1983) (Tie)
Price tag: $6,500
Bottom Line: Mexican Darth Vader (1983) (Tie)
It’s actually a four-way tie in the sweepstakes of the next priciest plastic pieces from the Star Wars universe. Ties on this list are somewhat common, but what is decidedly not is the number of Darth Vader figures that came out en español.
Yep, for a brief time, Mexican producer Lily Ledy had a crack at crafting Star Wars toys, and thus came this Darth Vader figure from the 1983 sequel, which was known south of the border as “La Guerra de las Galaxias: El Regreso del Jedi.”
Find him if you can. Or rather, “Encontre si se puede.”
18. Darth Vader (1977) (Tie)
Price tag: $6,500
Bottom Line: Darth Vader (1977)
Apparently, someone at the Kenner toy design factory didn’t get the memo that Ben Kenobi’s lightsaber is blue and Darth Vader’s is red. That’s been burned into our memories since 1977, when Ben sacrificed himself in his duel with the Sith Lord so that Luke Skywalker would be inspired to take up the ways of the Force and become a Jedi.
So, uh, when did Vader get a purple lightsaber? This 1977 figure of Darth Vader with a pre-Samuel L. Jackson purple weapon has become a rather pricey collector's item.
18. Double-Telescoping Darth Vader (1977) (Tie)
Price tag: $6,500
Bottom Line: Double-Telescoping Darth Vader (1977) (Tie)
Since Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker already had a double-telescoping lightsaber, it was only fair that the Dark Lord of the Sith himself also got his gloved paws on a similar weapon. This Kenner toy, which came when the first film took the world by storm in 1977, is indeed a rare find, with Gunaxin reporting there may be fewer than five of them in the entire world.
Naturally, the price goes up the better Vader’s relative mint condition.
18. Death Squad Commander (1978) (Tie)
Price tag: $6,500
Bottom Line: Death Squad Commander (1978)
Who could forget those Imperial goons manning the Star Destroyers, what with their upside-down, bowl-shaped helmets? Naturally, those baddies found their way into plastic toy form, although they underwent a name change when sober-minded executives at Kenner realized that “Death Squad Commander” sounded a bit too dark for a kid’s toy, and thus he became Star Destroyer Commander instead.
So, if you find an original Death Squad Commander underneath those old TV Guides in the basement, $6,500 could be in your future.
16. Cast-Signed 'Empire Strikes Back' Poster (Tie)
Price tag: $7,000
Bottom Line: Cast-Signed 'Empire Strikes Back' Poster (Tie)
It’s an old axiom that merchandise increases in value if it’s signed. Accordingly, this rather scarce “Empire” poster was actually signed by many members of the “Star Wars” universe who served on both the Light and Dark sides of the Force.
Even unsigned, it’s a totally cool curio to hang in your basement, though substantially less valuable without all those John Hancocks.
16. Han Solo in Carbonite, Full-Size Model (Tie)
Price tag: $7,000
Bottom Line: Han Solo in Carbonite, Full-Size Model
What’s better than having a scale-model version of Han frozen in carbonite, Jabba the Hutt’s favorite wall decoration? Well, how about one that is life-size? This decidedly nerdy way to decorate your basement (not the living room, please) is nearly 7-feet tall and comes with lights installed, blinking to show Han’s vital signs after he was put on ice at Cloud City.
And at $7,000, it costs roughly a grand per foot.
15. Anakin Skywalker (1985)
Price tag: $7,500
Bottom Line: Anakin Skywalker (1985)
With his turn away from the Dark Side of the Force complete, Darth Vader saved his son Luke, “killed” the Emperor (who somehow was back in 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker”) and died in Luke’s arms a hero. Thus, when Luke beheld the ghosts of his mentors Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda at the end of “Return of the Jedi,” they were joined by the spirit of Anakin Skywalker — Vader’s real name before he was corrupted by evil.
Anakin’s Kenner figure appeared in the limited Power of the Force line, and as with other rare figures, it came with a commemorative coin. Who knew redemption could be so expensive?
14. Early Bird Certificate Package (1977)
Price tag: $9,000
Bottom Line: Early Bird Certificate Package (1977)
Making toys, like making movies, is a slow, labor-intensive process. (And as we have seen, sometimes mistakes — costly ones at that — are made that have to be corrected in future toy iterations.)
“Star Wars” came out in May 1977, but because Kenner’s toys weren’t ready in time for Christmas, the toymaker gave out “vouchers” that eager little Jedis could eventually trade in to get their hands on figurines of Luke, Vader, Chewie and so on. If you can find one of the original “Space Club” cards and pair it with all of the figures pictured on said voucher, $9,000 could be yours posthaste.
12. C-3PO (2007) (Tie)
Price tag: $10,000
Bottom Line: C-3PO (2007) (Tie)
We know that C-3PO is a golden droid, but this tiny figurine released in 2007 is actually 14K gold! While it’s not quite worth its weight in the precious metal, it’ll still set you back $10,000.
Little Threepio the Gilded here was released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original movie, and only a few of his metallic bod were even produced.
12. Special Action Figure Set of Villains (1978) (Tie)
Price tag: $10,000
Bottom Line: Special Action Figure Set of Villains (1978)
A long time ago, in a galaxy called the Milky Way, Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper and the aforementioned “Death Squad Commander” were packaged together on a planet called Kenner and released for sale to eager Star Wars fans across the galaxy.
So it goes that four decades later, such a prize was this rarity, that it could be purchased on the smugglers market for a whopping $10,000 — the same price Han Solo asked of Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker to ferry them to Alderaan. A galactic steal, no?
11. Medical Droid FX-7 Figure
Price tag: $11,500
Bottom Line: Medical Droid FX-7 Figure
After Luke took a rather icky bath in tauntaun guts in “The Empire Strikes Back,” he required some serious medical attention STAT. Thankfully, the FX-7 medical droid was in the Rebel base on Hoth to nurse our hero back to health — just in time for the Empire to invade the planet.
The FX-7 toy was produced by a company called Palitoy and is so rare that it once resulted in a truly fanatic bidding war.
9. Boba Fett 2010 (Tie)
Price tag: $12,000
Bottom Line: Boba Fett 2010
Recall Lego’s 2010 promotional contest whose prize was miniature Boba Fett in hues of gold? Well, this teeny-tiny Boba, made of 14K gold, is worth as much as $12,000 if found in mint condition.
This Boba was part of a set, meaning if you can collect them all, you could likely haggle for even more serious money.
9. Boba Fett (1979) (Tie)
Price tag: $12,000
Bottom Line: Boba Fett (1979)
Boba Fett’s backstory has always been shrouded in mystery, but long before “The Mandalorian” came on the scene to shed some light on it (or does it?), and even before he “debuted” in “The Empire Strikes Back,” Boba Fett actually showed up in the much-reviled “Star Wars Holiday Special.” (Trust us, if you’ve never seen it, don’t waste your time!)
As awful as that program — which aired on television on Nov. 17, 1978 and then was quickly dumped — was, it had a short animated segment of Han, Luke and friends landing on a mysterious planet. There they encounter a mysterious suited warrior — none other than the galaxy’s most deadly bounty hunter. A toy was made to mark Boba’s introduction to the Star Wars universe, and there are so few of that initial iteration that they fetch a hefty $12,000 each.
8. Star Wars Comic #1
Price tag: $13,500
Bottom Line: Star Wars Comic #1
In today’s mega-movie landscape, the biggest flicks out there are based on comic books (we’re looking at you, Marvel Cinematic Universe). But when Lucas created Star Wars, he conjured an entire universe from scratch. There’s only so much story you can fit into two hours, so in 1977, the Star Wars comic book line debuted to fill in some backstory.
The comic has run in various forms over the years (including being revived in 2019 by the Disney empire), but a well-cared-for copy of Issue 1 — notable for the truly weird green Darth Vader, looking like Kermit the Frog’s sick uncle, on the cover — is worth $13,500!
7. Lego Millennium Falcon
Price tag: $16,000
Bottom Line: Lego Millennium Falcon
If you build it, it will fly. Well, maybe not fly, but the 2007 LEGO Millennium Falcon had over 5,000 pieces and required hours and hours and hours for even the most skilled LEGO master to assemble.
When it hit the shelves, it certainly wasn’t cheap, retailing for $500. But, considering it’s now worth $16,000 in mint condition, that might not have been a bad investment in 2007.
6. Luke Skywalker With Double-Telescoping Lightsaber (1978)
Price tag: $25,000
Bottom Line: Luke Skywalker With Double-Telescoping Lightsaber (1978)
This early version of a Luke Skywalker figure featured a “double-telescoping” lightsaber, but it wasn’t exactly structurally sound when extended in tiny Luke’s plastic paw, so Kenner decided to reconfigure the lightsaber for future Luke toys.
Made for a few cents of plastic in 1978, it can now be yours for a mere $25,000.
5. Vinyl Cape Jawa
Price tag: $28,000
Bottom Line: Vinyl Cape Jawa
The first Jawa toys had vinyl capes, but, hey, it was the 1970s. However, Kenner seems to have thought better of Disco Jawa and soon changed the cape fiber to cotton — thus putting the kibosh on any expensive nights at the discotheque.
But the vinyl-caped Jawa can still be picked up for a truly epic night out on the town, to the tune of $28,000. Like many decisions made in the ’70s, that might well be one you regret later.
4. Darth Vader With Telescoping Lightsaber
Price tag: $30,000
Bottom Line: Darth Vader With Telescoping Lightsaber
Remember that “telescoping” lightsaber mentioned with the Luke Skywalker toy at No. 6? It turns out this was a “common” mistake of several of the early Star Wars figurines, including one for Darth Vader.
If authenticated, Lord Vader and his telescoping saber are valued at $30,000, according to Business Insider. But though Vader had the Dark Side of the Force at his command, a certain former instructor of his ranks higher on this list.
3. Brazilian Glasslite Vlix Figure (1988)
Price tag: $45,000
Bottom Line: Brazilian Glasslite Vlix Figure (1988)
We met the alien warrior Vlix earlier on, with an asking price for a meager $4,000. When the short-lived animated show “Droids” failed to gain much traction with audiences, the show was canned, canceling many of Kenner’s plans for toy tie-ins. But Popular Mechanics reports that toymaker Glasslite briefly picked up the “Droids” toy rights and put a new Vlix figure out there — but it was only sold in Brazil.
Needless to say, this raised the hackles of American collectors, who have sought out Brazilian Vlix ever since.
2. Obi-Wan Kenobi With Double-Telescoping Lightsaber (1977)
Price tag: $76,700
Bottom Line: Obi-Wan Kenobi With Double-Telescoping Lightsaber (1977)
Homer Simpson once scoffed at a toy that cost $50, decreeing, “No kid is worth that!” Good thing TV’s most bumbling dad didn’t know about toys worth many, many, many, many times that. Enter one Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi toy from 1977, whose 2020 value is no doubt helped along thanks to Ben sporting a yellow telescoping lightsaber. We all know that Ben’s saber was and always will be blue, but nonetheless, here is the wizened old Jedi with a sunshine-colored laser sword before the toy was “corrected.”
But, really, $76,000? As Kenobi himself once observed: “Who’s more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?”
1. Rocket Launcher Boba Fett
Price tag: $150,000
Bottom Line: Rocket Launcher Boba Fett
Ever seen “Pawn Stars,” where folks walk into a Las Vegas pawn shop hoping that something they found underneath the radiator in the basement is worth a fortune, only to have their hopes dashed as their dreams of megabucks collide with reality? Well, for one very, VERY lucky visitor to said pawn shop, the seller was able to get a Boba Fett with rocket launcher backpack appraised for an incredible $125,000.
Amazingly, the seller wanted more and held firm for a price of $150,000 — and then took his business to an eBay auction. Now, that’s some serious dough.