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Double Telescoping, Rocket Launching, Solid Gold Collectibles: 13 Rare Star Wars Toys

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Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

As the individual “Solo” movie hits theaters this week, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the most expensive and/or valuable collectibles from the movies. Folks are going to drop a ton of money on movie tickets, so why not also on toys?

In this rundown, we’re not at all suggesting that you can retire if you find one of these in your attic. Instead you’ll more likely be kicking yourself because 12-year-old you didn’t bother to collect them all and store them safely in 1977. And you certainly shouldn’t have buried them in the sandbox with all those fireworks. What was I thinking? So the prices are based on what someone paid or might be expected to pay for one of these rare Star Wars toys as opposed to those sky-high, unfulfilled asking prices on eBay.

Action Figures

star wars small head han soloSmall head Han Solo. Han Solo’s appeal comes from his roguish charm, dashing good looks, and well-proportioned head. Wait, what? The early version of the 1980 Empire Strikes Back Han Solo figure from Kenner had, well, a tiny head. He just didn’t look right. So they changed it to a bigger noggin that restored those perfect proportions to his handsome self.  Supposed value: Maybe $2,000-2,500 for a mint, carded version. But don’t get cocky, kid.

double telescoping darth vaderDouble Telescoping Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker. Early action figures of these characters came with a retractable light saber. The main part hid in the arm and slid out, and then a thinner center piece pulled out from there. Unfortunately, that thinner piece was prone to getting bendy, looking like the uninflated part of a balloon animal. Later models included a better saber solution. Supposed Value: Carded versions of these old ones can fall in the $2,000 range.

star wars rocket launching boba fett

Rocket Launching “21 Back” Boba FettIf that all sounds pretty specific, yeah. Very early versions of the “Empire Strikes Back” bounty hunter featured a back pack that could fire a plastic missile. Rumors of kids choking on the projectiles or shooting their eyes out led to that kind of toy disappearing. As for the packaging, Boba was number 21 out of 20 figures made at the time. Previous card backs showed a nice array of 20 different figures, but the card was hastily redesigned to squeeze in one more, making the whole back look unbalanced and odd. Supposed value: $2,500-3,000.

star wars yak faceYak FaceYou remember Yak Face, right? He was the lovable but feisty Yakora who… no, you don’t. No one remembers Yak Face. The history of which and how many action figures to produce from the original films is fascinating. At first, Kenner only did a few main characters, and they flew off the shelves so fast that they added a ton more. Then suddenly, after the third and seemingly final film, the craze was over (for the time being, anyway) and the last few were overkill. Yak Face was the last of the obscure first generation action figures. He was only released in Canada, the U.K., and Australia, so in the U.S., he’s hard to find. Supposed value: A carded one might fetch about $1,500.

kenner star wars jawaJawa with Vinyl CapeAnd of course, the most famous rare figure… Early versions of the Jawa figure had a brown vinyl cape, which was stiff and didn’t look right. So Kenner quickly replaced the cape with a cloth version and sold tons of those. Which means the vinyl version must be worth a fortune, even in played with condition, right? Well… Supposed value: Quite a few of them pop up online, so they aren’t exceedingly rare. In the package, about $1,500 to $3,000. Out of the package… basically worthless. The cape is easy to fake, as it was identical to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s cape, just shorter, so it needs to be in the package.

Comic Books

star wars marvle comic issue 1Marvel Star Wars Issue 1Of course that’s gotta be worth a fortune, right? In some cases, yes. Merchandising was surprisingly sparse when the original “Star Wars” hit theaters in 1977. But Marvel had been working on a comic book adaptation, and first issue sales were out of this galaxy. So it’s not that rare… unless you paid 35 cents for it. See, Marvel’s typical cover price for a comic book at the time was 30 cents, but they wanted to test the waters on a nickel price hike, so for just a few markets in the U.S., the cover said 35 cents. That variant is significantly rarer. Supposed value: Someone recently paid around $24,000 for a mint rare variant, as opposed to usual $1,250 or so for the common version. So that extra nickel was a good investment, even if it seemed like a ripoff at the time.

By the way, the value of later issues drops rapidly, as print runs increased and more people bought and saved them. The cover price would stay at 30 cents until issue 5, when it finally made the hyperspace leap to 35 cents.

Lunchboxes

star wars r2d2 lunchboxR2-D2 LunchboxEveryone remembers the classic 1977 lunchbox with the X-Wing Fighter on one side and the Land Speeder on the other. And those are sort of valuable at $500 or more for a nice one. But there’s a much rarer Star Wars lunchbox. The shape of R2-D2 is easy to adapt for many purposes including soft drink displays and mailboxes. It’s kind of an odd choice for a lunchbox, however, which may be why this one is so rare. King-Seeley (aka Thermos) made a dozen or so preproduction models in 1977, but it never made it to stores. Supposed value: If you find one with the label, you might pay around $3,000 for it.

Lego Items

star wars lego millennium falconMillennium FalconLego has made several versions of Han Solo’s ship including a tiny 92 piece Microfighter as well as the new Kessel Run version, which clocks in at 1,414 pieces. But in 2015, Lego unleashed the 7,541 piece Ultimate Collectors Series Falcon, priced at around $800, and selling in the aftermarket for more like $1,200. The detail is astonishing and the ship is huge, scaled properly to a Minifig being 6 feet tall. Supposed value: It has sold out out a couple of times and has been reintroduced, so you should be able to find one at close to retail price if you’re patient.

Speaking of Minifigs…

star wars bronze c-3poLimited Edition C-3POAt the 2007 San Diego Comic Con, Lego held a drawing for a rare C-3PO Minifig, the special limited edition bronze edition. As in, made of solid bronze. As in, limited to exactly ONE. No word on who won that figure, but hopefully it has been cherished either in a highly protected throne space on a climate controlled shelf, or by letting a kid enjoy playing with it. Supposed value: Priceless, really.

star wars boba fett minifigLimited Edition Boba FettNot to be outdone, in 2010, Lego released a special all-white plastic Boba Fett Minifig, limited to 10,000 pieces. And a pair of solid gold ones and a pair of sterling silver ones. There are exactly two complete sets of these in existence. Supposed value: Since there are twice as many as the C-3PO model, then, half of priceless?

star wars george lucas minifigGeorge Lucas PrototypeUnlike Stan Lee or Alfred Hitchcock, Lucas isn’t known for making cameo appearances in his movies. But a Minifig version of him appeared in some of the Lego animated Star Wars projects. Lego designed a figure, complete with clapboard, and produced a few, but it was never released to the public. Supposed value: One sold for nearly $5,000 on eBay in 2013.

As with any of these lists, take the values with a grain of salt. But if you do get a chance to snag that vinyl cape Jawa for under a grand, use any force necessary to grab it!

If these items are a bit out of your collecting budget, check out the Star Wars stuff on the hobbyDB Marketplace! And if you have any other rare, valuable Star Wars toys, let us know in the comments!

Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Rancho Obi Wan’s Star Wars Collectibles

It’s been a month since the theft at Rancho Obi Wan, the home of the world’s largest Star Wars collection. Since then, the case has made some progress, albeit ever so slowly.

rancho obi wanFor those of you just tuning in, Rancho Obi Wan made headlines on June 5th with a distressing call for help posted to social media. Steve Sansweet, the owner of the Rancho Obi Wan museum, revealed that over 100 items had been stolen from his collection between late 2015 and 2016. After careful investigation, he believed the culprit to be Carl Edward Cunningham, a personal friend, and fellow collector. At the time, Sansweet reported that Cunningham had “surrendered on an arrest warrant” and was charged with grand felony theft.

Now it seems a small bit of justice has been served. Cunningham pleaded guilty to the theft, and he will face four years in prison following his sentencing on September 7th.

Unfortunately, this story isn’t over for Sansweet. In his original call for help, he asked the Star Wars community to help him gather more information on Cunningham and any stolen items he may have sold. In the wake of this, many compassionate collectors reached out to Sansweet and actually returned some of the stolen memorabilia. However, according to an update made to Sansweet’s original post, at least 54 items “have not been accounted for.” No exact number has been given regarding how many items have been returned to Rancho Obi Wan, though 5% of the items had been returned as of June 7th.

rancho obi wanSansweet is still collecting information on these items. Each one is listed on the Rancho Obi Wan website, so we recommend taking a look if you might have any new information. Tips can be sent to tips@ranchoobiwan.org.

This theft hit close to home for all of us when the news first broke, and it still stings now. Our sympathies go out to the Rancho Obi Wan staff. We’ll continue to follow this story as closely as we can, but in the meantime, we hope even a little extra signal boosting might continue to help the cause.

The 5 Best Custom Lightsabers for any Jedi or Sith

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Picking your perfect Star Wars lightsaber is no easy task. You want to make sure it fits you, after all. Some people search for the perfect replica. Still, others search for something that only they will own. The ability to hold such an elegant weapon and duel with your fellow Force wielders is unbelievable. There are countless options for getting your hands on the perfect custom lightsabers, but for now, we’re going to focus on the big-name players. We deeply respect custom craftsmen, but as they tend to have longer waitlists — we want to help people find their saber a bit faster. (And for this list, we’re not looking at the inexpensive but fun mass-market models). We’re also going to focus on the custom saber, not prop replicas. We love seeing unique items in collections.

Despite Disney’s usual wild abandon with copyright suits, for some reason, they have chosen to ignore the long-standing custom lightsaber market. This means a great many small custom saber companies exist and compete to make Star Wars fans their dream saber. While most of the time, things will be plug and play, you will find enough combinations of parts, colors, shapes, and styles to make your saber truly one of a kind.

If your favorite didn’t make the Best Custom LightSaber list — Don’t blast us! We know there are countless small shops which produce highly detailed work, and we highly recommend you check them out too! With all custom items, look around and find the one that is perfect for you. This is your Lightsaber, after all. And it should be perfect for you.

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UltraSabers

If you’re looking for a cheap, duel ready saber, or your first custom saber to get into the hobby, UltraSabers is a great place to start. However, that comes at a cost. Their hilts are pretty dull. There we said it. If you want something that looks like it could be wielded by a Jedi on screen or in the comics, you probably want to look elsewhere. They are duel capable, but we find them best for beginners.

While their price is pretty good — about $65 for a duel ready saber with no sound to about $350 for a fully decked saber with multiple sound fonts. The thing is, they don’t use a chassis for their electronics. Which is a significant point against them. Why spend extra for a nice sound card when it’s going to get banged around while you’re dueling? We also recommend picking a different sound card. There are plenty out there from custom makers — and if you don’t know how to set it up yourself, you can pay people to install a sound card for you.

Star Wars Lightsaber

UltraSabers don’t usually use rechargeable lithium batteries, like most companies do now, and are still using AAAs. They also make you pay for the tool to tighten your blade, instead of including it in the price. Which makes us a little leary of them. Their hilts are also incredibly thick, like 2″ thick in most cases. Which makes them a little unwieldy.

We aren’t saying don’t get an UltraSaber — but really look into what you want before you commit.

Star Wars Light Saber

Savi’s Workshop: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland

With a price tag nearing $200 — excuse us, 200 Credits — a Savi’s Workshop saber surprised many more casual fans. However, that’s honestly at the lower end of the cost spectrum for a custom saber. The process is what gets this saber on our list. Where most companies simply send you a box with your finished saber, at Savi’s you make your own. You choose from four styles, which each have several options, and then build your saber from the parts selected. The parts feel sturdy and heavy, which gives them a nice hand feel and fit together with ease. If you get stuck, there are Disney staff on hand to help you.

What makes this worth the price, and such an awesome saber is the presentation. The theatrics of working with saber crafters to make your very own saber in a themed room. The lighting, theatrics, and ambiance really makes this a one of a kind experience. Choosing your crystal becomes a ritual, constructing your hilt is personal. While the LEDs and the sounds might not be the best on the market, the ritual of your saber’s creation is what makes the moment.

For your money, you will build a mid-grade saber, which will be mock duel capable. You can’t be as rough as some of the higher-end sabers, but it will hold up to more careful tapping combat. Kid-friendly combat we like to say. The biggest drawback to this system is that you also need to buy a day pass into Disneyland. This usually ranges from $104-$129 a day (it gets cheaper the more days you buy). This means you can actually bring in the cost of this saber to over $300 — not including the pricey Disney food. For the experience, we think it’s worth it, for the quality, you could do better.

Star Wars Light Saber

Kyberlight

There was a lot of interest in Kyberlight when they first appeared on Kickstarter. The company promised an indestructible blade and the brightest saber on the market. We got half of that promise. The blade truly is near indestructible. You can hit this thing on nearly anything and not worry. However, it seems, to us, that while the LED’s are so bright, you’ll hurt your eyes looking into them, they dim before they reach the tip. This might be because of the indestructible nature of the blade, but it could also be a design flaw.

While the brightness has improved version to version, it still hasn’t been fully corrected. Most blades have a little drop off before the tip, but it’s always seemed more accentuated in Kyberlight. The primary colors, blue, green, and red, are all incredibly bright. Still, the rest of the 20 promised colors are a bit dim by comparison. However, their blades offer flash-on-clash, which is fantastic.

A nice thing about Kyber is how easy it is to change out and customize parts. The handle is big. BIG BIG. Like inches longer than most, you can get your hands on. To some, this is nice, but we find it a little too long for us. However, onto that base, you can change out every other accessory. The grips come in different colors, the blade guards come in different shapes, and the pommels come in different styles. You can even buy a kit for $300 that includes multiple options. Its sounds are limited compared to others, but it offers an excellent mute option for those who want it.

For the price, it’s a good Saber. This saber will color switch quickly, and if that’s something you value, it’s one of the best. It will absolutely stand up to your dueling, but for around the same price, there are other options available.

Star Wars Lightsaber

SaberForge

There are some pros and cons to SaberForge. If you want a basic saber, that is a very basic handle, one color, and no sound, you can get a saber for $160. This makes it one of the least expensive custom sabers on the list. However, that saber is going to be incredibly plain and without much personal flare. It also lacks all the neat features many of the others do.

The thing is if you want something truly unique like a crossguard saber, or the even more expensive crystal saber (which exposes the Kyber crystal), you’re looking at $200 or $300 just for the handle. Not to mention the blade and all the parts. You could if you built a saber with their best parts and their highest end soundboard, be looking at $800 – $1000 for your perfect 100% decked out saber.

We will say their soundboards are mostly good. Still, they don’t use a chassis for the electronics, meaning that too many hits, or enough shaking, can cause things to go a little wonky — like UltraSabers. Saberforge is also known for having a lot of hit or miss quality control, and they are known throughout the community for removing negative reviews about their business. While some people swear by them, make sure you read the reviews before you make a judgment.

We really like their handles, don’t get us wrong, they are attractive. Even the low-level handles are good looking for the price, but with the quality control issues, make sure you really know what you’re getting into when you buy.

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Vader’s Vault

If you’re looking for THE ultimate saber, Vader’s Vault is where it’s at. Their work is known far and wide for their quality. Their stuff is sleek, sword-like, and balanced. They also do not skimp on the details. All blades come with a sound card, and their colors are bright, vivid, and perfect. All of their blades will hold up to dueling, which is a huge bonus. There is no sacrifice, and their customer service is top-notch.

Their sounds are amazing, there are so many sound fonts to choose from it makes us giddy. They offer flash on clash (everyone’s favorite), and you can customize what color your saber flashes. Their basic models are a little basic, but with everything that comes with them — we don’t even care. All of their sabers also can be upgraded to having 16 color profiles that can be switched on the fly. Which is fantastic for the Force user who hasn’t settled on a side, who likes to change based on their moods (mood saber anyone?). With all the things we’ve said negative about the other companies, you have to be thinking, what’s the catch?

Star Wars Light Saber

Well, as they are one of the fan-favorite producers and a significant player in the space, expect to wait up to 16 weeks to get your custom saber. Every saber is made to order and carefully inspected. There are loads of people waiting in line, so it will take a bit.

There is also the price. Their sabers start at around $300 and only go up from there. Their master class Starkiller Lightsaber sells for a staggering $2,600 — without upgrades and is limited edition. Right now, they have sold out, but we’re sure they will eventually produce another model as it’s their flagship saber. For a genuinely nice saber, we would expect to pay $700+ for an upgraded Vader’s Vault. While this may seem like a lot, we honestly believe that it’s worth the price.

A few smaller shops worth noting. Genesis Custom SabersForceSabersUK (UK Seller!), KR Sabers, and Custom Diversions. If you’re looking for more information on the pros and cons of the big players, we can’t recommend the Lightsaber Reddit group enough. Their buyer’s guide is updated regularly.

What Do Millennials Collect? Experience, Retro, Irony

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There have been a lot of articles claiming that millennials don’t spend their money on “things,” so we thought it would be good to take a look at their collectibles market. Millennials tend to be more mobile than previous generations, so instead of buying a house (and things to fill it with), they tend to live lighter, putting that money towards experiences and travel.

So What Do Millennials Collect?

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funko pop c-3poExperience, irony and retro are key ingredients. So going to to a Comic Con (experience) and snapping up the latest “Star Wars” items (retro) would fit the bill. The “Star Wars” franchise shows no signs of slowing down, given the number of movies, TV shows, and especially collectibles released in the last few years. And when those items have an inherent oddness (irony) to them like FunKo Pop figures, Lego building sets, or Hot Wheels character cars, you’ve hit the trifecta.

Each of those brands goes well beyond the “Star Wars” theme, so the potential for collectors to diversify is a huge market. Lego is now a $2+ billion brand  (there is a huge market for old and new kits!), Hot Wheels is grossing more than a billion dollars, and FunKo, despite only being founded in the late 1990s, is on its way there.

nintendo nesVideo games are a huge part of the Millennial experience too. but modern systems increasingly lack physical games to purchase in favor of downloads and online multiplayer action. However, older gaming systems have a certain appeal and have become a big collectible business. And it’s not just late 1990s/early 2000s games these people played while young, but even systems their parents might have owned, including Nintendo and Atari systems from the 1980s.

minus 5 dungeon of horrorsModern music doesn’t usually have a tangible form anymore either. It’s mostly downloaded and streamed, not really “owned” like it used to be. The huge exception: vinyl records are increasingly collectible. In fact vinyl records are projected to sell 40 million units in 2017, with sales nearing the $1 billion benchmark for the first time this millennium!

Some artists like Jack White (White Stripes, Dead Weather, Raconteurs, etc.) treat a new record as an additional level of performance art beyond the music itself. It’s one thing to capture a song live in one take… it’s another to record it direct to vinyl, instantly making a very limited number of pressings available for only one day. Consider that White recently released a record that secretly had to be played from the middle of the record outward, and the odd presentation becomes almost as important as the music.

Speaking of “records,” they used to be widely sold in places called “stores.” To celebrate the continued existence of such shops, Record Store Day (April 22, 2017) has become a huge annual nationwide event. It’s fun to stand in the very long line in front of the store and explain it to those not in the know.

“Record Store Day? Are they giving away free stuff?”

“Nope. In fact, they’re charging even more today.”

death cab for cutie cassetteIt’s true. Many artists release special recordings just for this event, often very limited editions in premium packaging, and none of them at all cheap. A few years ago, a band called The Minus Five created just 750 copies of a five record set of new material, including about 100 copies with each record in a different color (Yours truly was able to snag one of the regular copies that day, but not the multi-hued version.) In another instance, Death Cab For Cutie decided to release a new album only on cassette (which led to Cassette Store Day becoming a thing!). In most cases, these come with a digital download in case you don’t have the right listening equipment.

Speaking of which, stereo equipment is a big deal with Millennials as well. For all the convenience of a tiny device that can put 10,000 songs in your pocket, there is still great appeal to a big honking multi component vintage stereo system. They sound amazing but are anything but cheap. The market is there and it’s growing.

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Which brings us to this Star Wars portable suitcase turntable, another Record Store Day exclusive for 2017. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original movie, this retro record player will be on sale in a store near you. Experiential, Ironic, Retro… this might be the ultimate collectible for millennials yet.

If you’re a Millennial, let us know what you collect in the comments selection!

Guide to Vintage Carded Star Wars Action Figures

A Guest Blog Post by Mark Griffiths
This article was originally written for Rareburg, who in 2016,  joined forces with hobbyDB to provide an excellent source of collectible knowhow for the community. 

As with most things in life, ‘something’ is only worth what ‘someone’ will pay for it. This is true for most things in life, whether that be a second hand car, property or collectable toys.

Luke Skywalker x-wing

This guide to vintage carded Star Wars action figures will provide you with an insight into how to begin assembling a vintage Star Wars action figure collection (on cards) from the 1977 – 1983 era as working out just where to start can be a bit of a minefield. Return of the Jedi (ROTJ), Empire Strikes Back (ESB), Power of the Force and Tri Logo are just a selection of the different branded cards which exist, produced by Kenner and Palitoy with 65 back, 79 back and ‘Last 17’ (and more!) – the barriers to entry in collecting these treasures can be huge.

Imperial Commander

Not only is gaining a full understanding of the vast range of these 3¾ inch action figure produces a challenge, this is coupled with how ‘rare’ and ‘valuable’ is defined in different countries the world over.

My 30 years experience of collecting Star Wars carded action figures began back in 1984, after the final movie from the original trilogy had been released, when the obsession with the Star Wars franchise was well and truly over with the UK public. Believe it or not, I still remember working in my parents toy store having to re-box thousands of unsold action figures and playsets before shipping them back to the UK distributer as we could just not shift the stock. Just imagine having dozens of boxes of these gems in today’s market! From the crest of a wave 18 months previous we now had to make room for the next ‘fad’ as a range of merchandise from a Saturday morning cartoon called Transformers was on its way!

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Since that time I have had a vested interest in collecting these figures and monitoring their values.

The late 1980’s and early 1990’s brought modest increases to most figures, but 1999 was a game changer. Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, produced 16 years after Return of the Jedi brought a great deal of attention back to the original action figure collection, just as The Force Awakens will in December 2015.

Although there had always been ‘hard to find’ figures such as Yak Face, Boba Fett with firing cannon and the elusive Jawa with plastic cape, the focus now began to move to a much broader range and the immense number of variations of each figure.

Darth MaulBut apart from Episode 1 bringing Star Wars back to the forefront of the public’s hearts and minds, why this increase in prices for the original ’77 – ’83 merchandise? Obviously, the rareness of some of these original figures but it was more than that, it was the newly produced Power of the Force range brought out for the Phantom Menace movie. The figures were not well received by the public, confusing ‘Comm Tech’, massive quantities – hundreds upon hundreds in the range and of course Jar Jar Binks! Kenner also seemed wise to the marketing of the so called ‘rare’ figures in the range. Back in the 80’s these ‘hard to find’ figures almost came about by chance, this time it all seemed a little too well planned.

Yak Face

These figures, now 16 years old themselves struggle to break $10 each, with many exchanging hands for as little as $4 – Mint on Card (MOC). The remaining parts of the prequel trilogy, Episodes 2 and 3 did little to change the collector’s appetite for the updated range and instead, once again the focus reverted back to the vintage collection.

But which figures I hear you ask, which particular figures from the original series are still increasing in value? Well as I am sure you will agree, certain figures which were rare 10 years ago are now even more sought after with onset of time but there are still some figures which are financially accessible. The Rancor Keeper for example on a ROTJ card can be purchased quite easily on another marketplace for as little as $30. That same figure on a Tri Logo card however can be valued as high as 5 times that amount, approaching $200. Yes, thats right, $200 for one 3¾ inch action figure, and not a particularly rare one at that!

The reason for this huge range in valuation is largely down to the quality and type of card which houses the character. A ROTJ card is less rare, whereas the ESB and Star Wars increase in value dramatically. In fact figures on a Star Wars card can cost thousands of dollars, particularly key characters like Han Solo and Princess Leia.

Rancor KeeperSo what of Tri Logo cards, where do they fit into the equation? So the story goes, these figures were run off by Palitoy at the very end of the production of Star Wars figures – a combination of overproduced characters backed on cards for the European market and new characters never released in the USA, once again limited to European stores. This is why the value of these cards holds strong in the US market.

So, where would I begin, what advice would I provide to collectors hoping to move into the vintage Star Wars carded action figure market?

Begin at the end! There are so many variations of just 1 action figure, it would be extremely (financially) challenging to collect every figure from that era as there are literally hundreds and hundreds – just one selling for $18,000 at a recent auction in the North East. Therefore, decide on your target collection, whether that be a full set of 1 character on different cards or a full set of figures on 1 card e.g. a full set of ROTJ backed figures.

BaradaDo your research! Before you begin, consider how many figures there are in a particular collection, which are more common and identify those which are rare – how much are you willing to pay and how are you going to acquire them, there are more avenues than just another marketplace…?

Understand your Cards! Which logo – ROTJ, Star Wars, Tri Logo…how many figures on the back of the card e.g. a 65 back is sometimes worth more than a 79 back, is the card ‘punched’ or ‘unpunched’ and is the card flat and free from sun damage and tears?