Every new Star Wars film brings a flurry of collections and collectables to the market.
The Press becomes full of what Star Wars memorabilia to collect and what things are worth.
Unfortunately for most of us we don’t have original screen used costumes and props lurking in the loft, but many of us remember the toys of our childhoods and potentially still have some squirrelled away.
As with all collectables, condition is everything. Star Wars toys are no different, and the real value lies in the ones which had the misfortune of never being played with; still sealed in their original packaging, these are the items with exceptional value as reported by Insider back in May of this year.
So, what should the beginner Star Wars Memorabilia / Toy collector be looking for:
- Packaging – Original and Sealed where possible
- ‘Faults’ – Variations and discrepancies are usually worth more – as seen with the 1978 run of Hans Solo figures produced by Kenner Products which had heads that were too small for the bodies.
- ‘Revenge’ of the Jedi – Revenge of the Jedi was the working title for the ‘Return of the Jedi’ film until Lucas decided that Jedi would never want revenge. Some memorabilia including posters like the one above were released before the title was changed. As a result there aren’t many of these versions available so they’re worth more to true Star Wars Collectors.
- Anything that is complete with all its tiny parts and accessories: In 1977 Kenner released figures for Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi with small, telescoping lightsabers. These tiny parts were easily lost and broken so if you have one of these you could be sitting on the best part of £30,000!
- Posters – should be in original condition – preferably unrestored, unless professionally linen backed. Unframed, and unmounted posters always sell better. We achieve excellent results with Star Wars memorabilia and posters in our regular sales.
- Comics – The original American versions are the ones with the value. The British editions just don’t achieve the same prices.
- Autographs – The main original cast members – Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are worth the most. Although there are some other rarities that command high prices.