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More than 42 years ago, Luke Skywalker ignited a blue laser sword in Old Ben’s hut on Tattooine, and sparked a sense of wonder across the globe. The lightsaber introduced in the original Star Wars felt like a rare treasure, and only four were seen in the original trilogy. As the saga grew, so did the amount of elegant weapons fired up on screen.
So it is with Star Wars merchandise, and collectibles. From the early days of early bird and mail-away action figures, to an expansive galaxy of toys, clothing, gadgets, replicas, home goods, and so much more, there is seemingly no limit to items for sale that celebrate the galaxy far, far away.
And yet there are still some items as rare as the lightsaber in those early days of the Skywalker Saga. In anticipation of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, here are nine of the best Star Wars collectibles out there.
Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker with Double Telescoping Lightsaber
The first Kenner Star Wars figures of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader briefly featured what was called the double-telescoping lightsaber. The figures’ lightsabers were housed in a hollow tube on the figure’s arms and would slide out. The double telescoping had an additional, thinner saber that extended even further. The delicate design was quickly abandoned, but figures did make it to market.
Obi-Wan is the rarest of these (with an on-card version selling for $76,000 in 2018), followed by Vader. But my favorite is Luke’s because he sports a yellow lightsaber, with hair variants that goes from blond, to brown, to yellow. The loose near-mint Vader figure listed here still commands a most impressive $25,000.
Han Solo With Little Head And Blaster
Even though he’s known for his outsized ego, the first Han Solo figure – part of the “original 12” 1978 Star Wars figures – had a tiny head. The larger head was supposed to resemble Harrison Ford, but it missed the mark unlike Han’s blaster bolt to Greedo. It is appropriate that even Han’s figure would have a bounty on its head, but the bounty is bigger for the smaller noggin, especially on blistered packaging, and with his sidearm.
Boba Fett Figures
(Up to $50,000)
For a character who barely appeared in the original Star Wars films, Boba Fett managed to get a chokehold on the collector’s market early on. The rocket-firing mail-away figure was never released due to the potential choking hazard. This Boba is one of the most legendary collectibles out there, and he became a part of Star Wars toys before making his live-action debut in The Empire Strikes Back. Speaking of which, when he did make it to market (with rocket glued in) he was initially released on a Star Wars card rather than Empire.
Boba was later carded as an Empire Strikes Back figure, so those early Star Wars cards are quite collectible. The figure is additionally notable for featuring original artwork on the card, and not a movie still (such as is the example linked above). Other valuable Boba Fett figures include the European release version called the “trilogo” (with the movie logo displayed on the card in three languages to cut costs), which has more of a lighter gray coloring instead of blue on the toy. Then there is the Droids version of the figure, which came with a gold coin.
Vlix Action Figure Mint on Card
Said to be the rarest commercially released Star Wars figure, Vlix was from the 1985 animated show Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. The second series of figures was never released in the United States, but the company Glasslite did release Vlix in Brazil. The toy is an odd bit of Star Wars merchandising lore, and this is a gift for the die-hard in-the-know collector.
Jawa with Vinyl Cape
So why is a Jawa with a vinyl cape as desirable as a Mud Horn egg to actual Jawas? As it happens, these guys were the final item to be released of the original ’78 Kenner toy line to be released. But the toy company decided the small size of the figure and its vinyl cape were a harder sell to consumers paying the same price as they would for a full-sized fig. They replaced the cape with a cloth one, and Vinyl-Cape Jawa has since become one of the most faked Star Wars collectibles due to scammers using an Obi-Wan vinyl cape cut down to size (though most true Jawa vinyl capes were slightly lighter in color than Kenobi’s).
LEGO Chrome-Plated C-3PO
Kenner isn’t the only company that produced Star Wars items that become incredibly rare. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise in 2007, LEGO released 10,000 gold chrome-plated C-3PO mini-figs, added to playsets, and sealed in a white bag. Finding one of these profitable protocol droids suddenly makes the accompanying incessant nattering almost worth it. (There are also five solid gold LEGO Threepios out there, going for upwards of $10,000.)
LEGO Millennium Falcon
When it was released in 2007, the $500 LEGO Millennium Falcon with 5,100 pieces was a big deal for its size, and cost. Now, if you can find it in the box, it can net upwards of $16,000. Without its packaging, it would still go for $1,000.
Marvel Comics Star Wars #1 (1977) 35 Cent Variant
Finding a near-mint 1977 Star Wars #1 comic is itself most impressive, but the 35-cent variant is especially rare because it was released in only a few markets when Marvel Comics was testing a price increase. This has gone for as high as $13,500.
Blue Snaggletooth (with Cantina playset)
First seen in A New Hope, the blue version of Snaggletooth (of the Snivvian species) is one of the more well-known Star Wars collectibles, though not necessarily the hardest to track down. He was originally part of the four-figure Cantina Adventure “playset.” He ended up blue because Kenner designers created the figure based on a black-and-white headshot of the creature. But in the movie, the character was not dressed in blue clothes with boots and human-sized, but instead was far shorter, and wore red.
Blue Snaggletooth was available in 1978 through the Sears Christmas catalogs, and in a Sears mail-away two-pack with Greedo. By 1979, Red Snaggletooth had replaced Blue. Fandom has determined Red and Blue are actually different characters, and that the Snivvian seen in A New Hope is Zutton (Blue), and Zutmore (Red) was the one seen in The Star Wars Holiday Special.