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What is the modern value, of my vintage Star War's action figures?

Updated on July 2, 2013

When looking to purchase a vintage Star Wars figure you are best buying from a site such as Ebay or Amazon, these sites offer you protection and lessen the chance of you been scammed by unscrupulous sellers. PLEASE remember that most of these items will be without boxes and original packaging so if you are buying these to hold onto and sell when they get even rarer you need the figures and packaging in mint condition. All the action figures in this hub are from the Vintage era (1977-1989). The older figures are made by Kenner and later ones are Hasbro toy's ( Hasbro bought out Kenner).

Having looked through these sites I will give you a general overview of what you can expect to pay or receive if you decide to trade. My one piece of advice is, if you have a mint condition vintage vehicle or action figure get it valued by an expert just for peace of mind when it comes to insurance. To replace your collectible's can get ridiculously expensive and tracking them down is a hard and time consuming task.

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Photo A : Luke Skywalker
Photo A : Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker ( Photo A )Jedi action figure. This figure was very popular and sees Luke dressed in black he will have a cloak and his right arm will have a green light saber that will slide down his arm or attach to his hand( Depending on which film it was released to tie into). EBay lists start at 0.99 pence but postage will be £1 plus for packaging.

You may pick it up for under £5.00 depending on if its highly desired. At that price expect it to be well used. As Luke is the main character a lot of people would have had him so his value will never go through the roof. All the original trilogy Luke figures are effectively the same, you will notice some figures have him wearing a glove over his mechanical arm .( Empire/Return of the Jedi)

Luke Skywalker ( Photo B ) the farm boy figure. This figure was one of the first action figures to be released, the right arm will have a yellow light saber. This is an Episode IV figure before Luke becomes a true Jedi. Even finding an unboxed figure in good condition is rare. Expect to pay a minimum of £8-10 plus postage for a loose version. Don`t pay over the odds if it is not boxed, as it maybe a wiser strategy to just bid on bulk buys on Ebay, You never know you may get lucky with something even rarer been included. Some people either do not realize or just don't care what they give away at times. Their naivity is your good fortune, so feel free to smirk to yourself if you find one!

Photo B - Farmer Luke Skywalker
Photo B - Farmer Luke Skywalker
Photo C -Darth Vadar
Photo C -Darth Vadar

Darth Vader ( Photo C )1977- this figure should come with a cloak and a red light saber on his right arm. they were quite common and they are quite a regular sight on EBay. If my memory serves me, I think everyone at my school had at least 3 or 4 in their collection. I would expect bidding would start at £0.99 and postage would be £1 plus.

You should be able to pick one up unboxed for £5, I would not pay any more than that unboxed. Maybe look out on EBay for bulk sales, and you should pick up this figure and other rarer figures for about £10.

Rare Star Wars Action Figures

Vinyl Cape Jawa, 1978. These figure initially came with a vinyl cape, but Kenner decided to change it to a cloth one. If you have one of these rareties its average market price is $2,000.

Rocket Firing Boba Fett, 1980. despite what Kenner say the initial release of this figure had a rocket that actually fired, a big no-no on the safety for kids toys. This was changed to a solid fixed missle in later version. The health and safety violating figure is rare and is worth between $1,000-$2,000

Blue Snaggletooth, 1978 the only visual resource they had for the character Snaggletooth was a limited black-and-white photograph of the character's head. With very little information to go on the Kenner employees did their best and just made it up. They got it totally wrong and the figure got scrapped. This figures value is $400 but has potential to go a lot higher in time.

We have to remember that these figures were designed as Toy's and not to be collected Thirty to Forty years down the line. If you come across any of these figures out of the box, you will have to bear in mind they will not be perfect. That said even if you find a Rocket firing Boba Fett out of the box it could be extremely valuable. If it has been played with it adds to the story of the object and most collectors know the chances of finding a rare figure in an unopened package is highly unlikely.

The next time you scour the internet, go to a car boot, Garage sale or flea market. It is worth keeping an eye out for such figures and vehicles. Granted they may not fetch the top of the range prices but finding four rare figures in a used condition is an achievement and they still have value among many collectors throughout the world such is the continued appeal of the Star Wars Universe.


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      Hellas 2 years ago

      A Jawa without the authentic, vinyl cape is worth $10, maybe. Without the vinyl cape, it's not worth much, I'm afraid.

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      Asp52 5 years ago from England

      Hi G Train even without the vinyl cape it might be worth a couple of hundred dollars. Obviously the condition will have to be quite good to see anything substantial. The figure is the second rarest figure from the original issue. There was a lot of attempted forgeries with that particular figure so it is maybe worth getting it authenticated.

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      g train 5 years ago

      i have what i believe to be an original 1977 jawa with vinyl cape minus the cape... is it worth anything?


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      RW 5 years ago

      I have a luke skywalker with a head from Empire Strikes Back but body from Return of the Jedi. Anyone have any idea what it's worth?

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