With "Star Wars" mania reaching a fevered pitch, some old plastic action figures and other memorabilia related to the space opera are fetching a pretty penny at auction
If you have a box of old “Star Wars” toys collecting dust in your basement, you could be sitting on a small fortune.
With “The Force Awakens,” the seventh installment in the “Star Wars” film series, set to hit theaters this Saturday, “Star Wars” mania is in full swing. New “Star Wars” toys are flying off store shelves, and vintage toys from the epic space opera are in even hotter demand.
“Star Wars” superfans are ponying up (ridiculously) big bucks to bring home old action figures and other collectibles, Fortune reports.
A recent Sotheby’s auction of movie prop replicas, action figures, coins and other collectibles from the original “Star Wars” trilogy brought in more than $500,000. All 600-plus items, some in their original packaging, came from Japanese designer and music producer Nigo, who also founded A Bathing Ape Clothing Line. Nigo accumulated his “Star Wars” collection across 30 years.
“As a designer, I have always been inspired by ‘Star Wars,’ ” NIGO said in a statement.
Although a rare 1978 boxed Luke Skywalker action figure sold for $25,000 at the auction, an unopened seven-pack of Star Wars figures from “The Empire Strikes Back” won the highest bid at $32,500, Fortune reports.
Could your old “Star Wars” toys bring you big bucks? It’s possible. Toys in good condition and in their original packaging usually bring in the most money.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently highlighted 12 of the most valuable “Star Wars” collectibles. The items include a 1982 “Revenge of the Jedi” poster (the title was later changed to “Return of the Jedi”), now valued at $1,000 and a Rocket Firing Boba Fett Prototype from 1979 that’s now worth a whopping $55,000.
If you think you can make a future profit by purchasing a bunch of new “Star Wars” toys today and leaving them unopened on a shelf at home, you may want to think again, according to the Chicago Tribune.
While prices for the original “Star Wars” action figures “have never gone down,” times have changed, according to Tom Tombusch, editor of “Tomart’s Price Guide to Star Wars Collectibles.” Toymakers today make “tons and tons” of the hottest toys, he said.
Although old “Star Wars” toys are big sellers right now, there are other classic toys that could fetch a pretty penny if they’re in good condition. Check out “If You Still Have These Old Toys, They Could Score You Big Bucks.”
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