6 Insanely Valuable Star Wars Toys, From Boba Fett to Yak Face
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?