10 Most Valuable 'Star Wars' Toys (5-1)
5: Yak Face
Like Stormtrooper Luke, the Yak Face action figure is exceedingly rare — and valuable — due simply to the timing of its release. This minor character was part of the Power of the Force line, which was canceled due to poor sales before Yak Face could see the light of day in the U.S. Instead, Kenner sent him to Europe, where "Return of the Jedi" had only recently been released and "Star Wars" momentum was still in full swing [source: Sansweet and Neumann]. Since poor Yak Face never hit store shelves stateside, a carded version of the toy in mint condition will cost you a cool $1,900 [source: Wells].
Weequay, one of Jabba the Hutt's guards, is not really all that rare, but if you have a certain limited edition version of the figure, you could be looking at a nice chunk of change. Released as part of the second incarnation of the Power of the Force line during the 1990s, a carded, mint-condition Weequay is worth about $35 -- not a fortune, but still a nice return on investment if you bought the toy when it was first released. If you happen to have a sealed Weequay packaged with a special "freeze-frame" slide, however, you can expect to sell him for about 10 times that amount [source: Wells]. These slides only came with a limited number of the characters, so its relative scarcity means big bucks for those lucky enought to come across this version of the toy.
3: Anakin Skywalker
One of the most consistently valuable "Star Wars" figures of all is the 1985 Power of the Force Anakin Skywalker, but only if you happen to have him in the package. This character was initially released as a mail-away, so fans of the series could simply send away for him without hitting the store. If you went this route, your Anakin figure came loose, in a plastic bag. In 1985, Kenner released a packaged Anakin to stores, but many of the fans who were still collecting "Star Wars" toys had already mailed away for him by that point, so sales were relatively poor. The toy comes with no accessories, other than a collector's coin and a strange, out-of-character smile, yet will still cost you between $2,250 and $3,000 if you simply must add him to your collection [sources:Wells and Moen].
2: Missile-firing Boba Fett
In 1979, as Kenner prepared to launch a Boba Fett toy with real missle-firing action, rival Mattel issued a recall for a similar missile-launching toy from its Battlestar Galatica line. Fearful that their planned Boba Fett figure, which had a small red rocket on its back that kids could launch with the flick of a switch, would pose a choking hazard, Kenner scrapped their initial plans and redesigned the figure. The Boba Fett that Kenner eventually released to the public had its rocket welded firmly in place, eliminating the risk of choking — while making the figure much less cool, of course. Since the missile-firing Boba Fett never hit store shelves, it's considered one of the rarest and most valuable toys in the "Star Wars" line. If you happen to stumble across one, hold out for a high price because it's worth a fortune to the right collector [source: Sansweet and Neumann].
1: Double-telescoping Lightsaber
The Holy Grail for "Star Wars" collectors comes in an awfully small package -- in essence, it's a piece of plastic no more than an inch in length. In 1978, Kenner produced Darth Vader, Obi-Wan and Luke figures, with each holding a lightsaber. Each character had a hollow arm so that the lightsaber could slide in and out, making it look as if the saber suddenly "lights up" when in use. While all '78 versions of these figures have this telescoping lightsaber feature, a select few have a double-telescoping saber. Essentially, the first plastic section slides out of the figure's arm, followed by a second, even tinier section. Kenner quickly realized that this extra length of plastic was a manufacturing nightmare, and most kids would end up breaking it, so they switched to a single-telescoping version before mass-producing the figures. Any of these three characters with the double-telescoping feature will easily fetch more than $2,000 in mint, unopened condition [source: Wells].
Author's Note: 10 Most Valuable 'Star Wars' Toys
As you peruse the prices of toys listed in this article, keep in mind that "Star Wars" toys, like any collectible are only worth as much as someone is willing to pay. While I picked up my pricing figures from reputable sources, these prices could change any time based on changes in supply or demand for a certain figure. You never know — there could be hundreds of missile-firing Boba Fett's hidden in a storage facility somewhere, just waiting to be discovered.
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