Your Old Star Wars Toys Could be Worth a Lot of Money


    Do you have any old Star Wars collectables lying around in your loft or just tucked away somewhere, long forgotten, inside a cabinet?

    It might be worth your time to get them out as it could be worth a lot.

    This week, the second trailer for the newest instalment of the global franchise was released, spurring excitement among fans that are spiralling ahead the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

    And as fans know, original figures and memorabilia that are connected to the movies can demand big money.

    In July last year, a super rare action figure of Boba Fett, a cult character, from The Empire Strikes Back, was sold for £26,000 – a record set for a Star Wars figure.

    The 3.5 inch-tall boxed figurine was a part of a collection that was put together over 40 years by a French collector.

    The auction was also able to sell an unpainted prototype toy Fett for £18,000 which did not make it into full production as there were concerns that its firing rocket was a choking hazard.

    “People have such an affection for Star Wars that the supply of vintage toys simply cannot meet the demand,” said Kathy Taylor, the toy auctioneer at Vectis Auctions, which sold the Boba Fett figurine.

    And earlier in 2017, a rare Palitoy Jawa with a vinyl cape was sold for £21,000 in a Vectis auction to mark the films’ 40th anniversary.

    According to Vectis, similar Jawas typically attract up to £700 a time if sold loose, and considerably more if boxed. The rummaging Jawas of Tattooine were part of the fifth episode, A New Hope,  as they “captured” C-3PO and R2-D2.

    Vectis states that another very rare figure that could be worth thousands is that of a character from Droids, the animated Star Wars spin-off, called Vlix.

    In July 2016, a Vlix that was made by Glasslite, a Brazilian manufacturer, complete with a certificate of authenticity, was sold for £12,000, although other ‘loose’ versions can cost around £3,000.

    The ever-popular Yoda is practically guaranteed to make you some money. If you just happen to own a model of the Jedi master that was made by Meccano, in its original packaging, and in French, could make you thousands.

    Last year, one of these was sold for £9,600.

    Insurer LV= revealed that one in 20 homes in the country have a valuable Star Wars figure, character, merchandise, or game that is stashed away somewhere.