There is no doubt that Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises in the world. While the movies have garnished immense financial success, it is in the toy market that the franchise shines the best.
If you are looking to build your own collection of Star Wars toys, then you are in luck. Keep in mind that the price tags attached to some of these vintage star wars toys are a jaw-dropping experience:
1. Original Darth Vader
Darth Vader is everywhere these days. You don't have to look hard to find the character's toys. However, anyone with the original 1977 Darth Vader action figure is sitting on a gold mine because that version had a double telescopic lightsaber. Getting one today will cost you $2,000 or more.
2. Boba Fett - Kenner Brand Action Figure
Boba Fett is probably the most valuable character in the Star Wars universe. If you can get his action figure from the 21-Back Set that has a rocket attached, you could sell it for $1,000.
3. Legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi
This to-scale Obi-Wan model from Sideshow Collectibles is more significant than most Obi-Wan toys on the market, which is why it costs a whopping $2,000.
4. Obi-Wan Kenobi 1977
This Kenner Brand toy is part of the 12-Back Original Collection. The Obi-Wan figure has a double-telescoping lightsaber that Kenner chose to change before they shipped the product because it was too delicate. There are still four or five of these figures in the world, with each worth $6,500.
5. Lego Millennium Falcon
If you were alive when this toy first hit the market, you probably bought it for $500 or less. Because it was one of the most massive sets ever released, and that Lego hasn't made another like it since then, you would have to spend $5,000 to get it today.
6. Medical Droid
Star Wars fans probably remember the medical droid from 'Empire Strikes Back.' The original figure for the character came out in 1980. You can't get it for less than $10,000 today. Even though the droid only appeared briefly in the movies, but it has left a lasting impression on collectors.
7. Carbonite Han Solo
Han Solo's stint in carbonite left a lasting impression on Star Wars fans. That's why no one is particularly surprised to learn that action figures of the character in carbonite are very famous.
However, this particular figure is unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. Not only is it life-sized, but it lights up, making it look like it just came off the set of the movie, which is why it costs $7,000.
8. Anakin 'Power of the Force'
The 'Anakin Skywalker' figure from the 'Power of the Force' Series is popular among collectors because it was released in Canada rather than the US. It will cost you $7,500 to secure one today.
9. Boba Fett Prototype
Of all the Boba Fett action figures, an unpainted 'Empire Strikes Back' prototype is probably the most valuable. It was sold for $17,000 at an auction. You can assume that it would cost you even more than that to get it.
10. 14K Gold C-3PO
Source Alt Text: A 14K gold vintage star wars collectible C-3PO sits on a well lit desk
This figure costs a staggering $10,000. Lego only made five of these. They wanted to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the first Star Wars movie. Their objective was to offer the figures as the prize for a contest.
11. Vinyl Cape Jawa
Jawa action figures were so unpopular when they first came out. Strangely, this made them even rarer and more in-demand as the years went by, which is why the vinyl cape Jawa has a value of $53,000. It was on sale for a limited time.
12. 14K Gold Boba Fett
As the years go by, this figure will climb the ranks to become one of the most sought after toys in the world. Not only is Boba Fett is ridiculously popular, but this particular 2010 figure is made of solid gold. There are only 2 in the world, which is why each costs $12,000.
13. Darth Vader 1983
Source Alt Text: A Darth Vader vintage Star Wars toy lifts his arm
This Lili Ledy 30 Back Action Figure from 'Return of the Jedi' costs $6,500. The toy was distributed in Mexico. The action figure is so hard to find in the right conditions. The ones on the market are not in the original box. They also have creases.
14. Sterling Silver C-3P0
This Lego figure costs over $6,000. They only made one. It was given away to a fan in 2007 in celebration of the first Star Wars movie. It is incredibly rare.
15. Sterling Silver Lego Boba Fett
This Boba Fett figure, which costs $6,000, was part of a set in a glass case that was given away in 2010. The figure's value skyrockets if it is sold with the set. But on its own, it is still quite expensive.
Any fan of the Clone Wars and the Return of the Jedi will love this 4-inch replica of a French-made Weequay Warrior. Hondo Ohnaka led a band of Weequay pirates during the time of the Clone Wars. The Figure comes in a plastic clamshell storage case. Priced at $550 this deal includes FREE shipping via USPS with insurance.
17. Cloud City Playset
If you have an unopened cloud city playset, someone will take it off your hands for $5,000. The set comes with cardboard cutouts and figures of characters like Lando for people to play with.
18. Gamorrean Guard 1985
This Gamorrean Guard toy will cost you $5,000 if you can find the figure with its coin in a box. The Kenner Brand Action Figure was part of the 'Power of the Force' series. Finding one in a box with a coin is really difficult, hence the hefty price tag.
19. R2 D2
Because of the special place, the character has in the hearts of Star Wars fans, which means if you can find a highly graded R2-D2 action figure in good condition, it could cost you as much as $4,000. The ones with packaging problems still go for several hundred dollars.
Few elements are more synonymous with Star Wars than the AT-AT. If you want to add an action figure of the armored transport unit to your collection, especially one from 'Return of the Jedi,' then expect to pay as much as $3,000.
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Some of these price tags are too crazy for words, especially when you consider that you are paying all that money for toys. However, Star Wars fans are quite passionate about the franchise and are more than happy to invest in growing their star wars collections.