by Dr. Lori Verderame
The film sensation Star Wars has been a phenomenon in the toys and collectibles arena for decades. Star Wars toys and related Star Wars collectibles that have been marketed and merchandised to promote the cult classic film are coveted items ranging from action figures to character Pez dispensers. Star Wars’ multiple films, engaging characters, and state of the art film-making artistry have all contributed to this important collecting category. These and other characteristics often drive up the prices for all things Star Wars.
What to Look For
A few of the most important factors when it comes to the value of Star Wars toys and collectibles is authenticity and condition. Other vital characteristics to value are the popularity of characters, intact and original boxes, and unopened packaging. If your Star Wars toys or collectibles are associated with the film’s famous or most popular characters, your piece will bring higher values.
Just like Star Wars movie memorabilia from the original films like authentic production props and costumes worn by Harrison Ford or Mark Harmon or Carrie Fisher, Star Wars toys and related collectibles command great market interest too. For instance, a collectible one-sheet movie poster from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi from 1983 commands thousands of dollars from collectors and fans on the market. See how to tell a print from a poster.
Star Wars collectible toys, action figures, puzzles, candy dispensers, lunchboxes, etc. are all desirable with collectors. The prices soar during the period when a new film is in production or when a new Star Wars episode debuts in theaters worldwide.
Like other Star Wars toys and games, be sure to keep complete sets, original parts, accessory pieces, and any packaging. Unopened packaging is best but any original package–even opened–will impact value. Limited edition vintage action figures of characters such as Chewbacca, Jabba the Hut, Anakin Skywalker among others are very marketable and still highly sought after.
Look for Star Wars action figures by Kenner dating from 1977 to 1983 like Darth Vader, R2D2, and Yoda with his cane to get some of the highest values on the market. Action figures with their complete costumes or the same action figure in a variety of outfits, vehicles, and any special accessories drive up market values.
Some of the rarest Star Wars collectible items include Star Wars sneakers from 1977 made by Clarks, factory-sealed limited edition 3,000 piece Lego Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer building blocks play set with turbo lasers and cannon turrets, vintage Star Wars comic books, and Star Wars Pez candy dispensers from the films. Unusual items within the Star Wars movie realm are collectible and, if in good condition, will command high prices.
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