Ever kicked yourself for getting rid of your old Star Wars toys? Here’s something that might make you feel better: chances are, the most valuable of the vintage toys were never part of your childhood collection. In this video, Yahoo Movies takes a look at six old-school Star Wars action figures that sell for up to $30,000 today — some of which never even retailed in stores. Watch it above.
So what makes a Star Wars toy worth as much as a year’s salary? It all comes down to rarity. The action figure of Return of the Jedi background character Yak Face (estimated value: $2,300) was only released outside of the U.S., just before the cancellation of the toy line. A figurine of Vix (estimated value: $22,500), an obscure character from the 1985 animated series Droids, wasn’t mass-manufactured, and has only been found in Brazil. In contrast, the original Anakin Skywalker toy (estimated value: $3,400), inspired by his ghostly appearance at the end of Return of the Jedi, lingered on shelves — and since it was of little interest to kids, it’s now a rare find for collectors.
Then there were the toys that were tweaked shortly after hitting stores. Luke, Obi-Wan, and Darth Vader figures were originally issued with “double telescoping” retractable lightsabers; those flimsy plastic pieces were eliminated by Kenner, making the originals some of the priciest Star Wars toy collectables in existence (estimated value: up to $30,000). Similarly, a Jawa figure with an original vinyl cape is worth an estimated $3,500, since subsequent figures were given cloth robes.
And of course, there’s the most famous rare Star Wars figure of all: the rocket-firing Boba Fett, promised to children via a mail order ad but recalled before release due to safety concerns. A rare prototype sold at auction in 2013 for $22,500.
Maybe you should check your attic again, just in case?