Monday, December 10, 2012

Star Wars Action Figures Sell For $11,500 at Auction

I first caught wind of this auction from Cool and Collected and based on the initial pic of what was up for sale I thought it was strictly of more recent Star Wars action figure releases. However, I was way wrong about that.

Not only did this auction include recent Star Wars figures, but included a full set of vintage action figures as well. Here's what this benefit auction entailed:

To celebrate the publication of the most comprehensive Star Wars action figure book ever, and the one-year anniversary of the nonprofit Star Wars museum at Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW), we are offering what we believe is the largest single collection of unique Star Wars action figures ever made available on eBay.

This amazing auction includes a huge lot of 1,950 different loose action figures collected over decades--starting with the vintage line in 1978--and representing over 85% of the figures documented in the new book Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection.

The auction proceeds will benefit Rancho Obi-Wan, a 501(c)(3) organization. The figures have been donated by one-time ILM model maker Fon Davis of FonCo Creative Services, Lagunitas, CA. Nearly every figure was removed from the packaging only to be lovingly displayed in locked cases. All figures are in very good to excellent condition with most original accessories. Detailed descriptions of vintage figures are below. This collection has been appraised at a minimum value of $8,200 by Pete Vilmur, collecting expert and co-author of four Star Wars books. "This incredible collection of nearly every Star Wars action figure ever produced is the largest group of figures I've seen offered in a single lot," Vilmur said. "Based on the sharp condition and completeness of this collection (100% of the 1978-85 series is here, and nearly every subsequent figure produced to early 2011), I'd appraise this set at a minimum $8,200 to $8,500. There is minor wear on some of the vintage figures (as is typical around the edges of the feet) while all modern figures appear fresh off the card. All vintage accessories are accounted for unless otherwise indicated and are believed to be authentic." AUCTION INCLUDES:
  • 1,950 unique, loose, bagged and inventoried Star Wars action figures listed in the book
  • Printed list of action figures by inventory number and by book page number
  • The vast majority of all original accessories for each figure
  • Many additional loose accessories that may be matched to each figure
  • Many action figure stands that were included with the packaged figure
  • One copy of Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection with bookplate signed by all four authors: Steve Sansweet, Anne Neumann, Dan Curto and Paul Harrison

    4-LOM (really Zuckuss)
    A-Wing Pilot
    Admiral Ackbar
    Anakin Skywalker
    Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) [sticker worn]
    Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) with Pop-up Lightsaber
    Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) with Sensorscope
    AT-AT Commander
    AT-AT Driver
    AT-ST Driver
    B-Wing Pilot
    Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
    Bespin Security Guard [no blaster, paint worn off right hand]
    Bespin Security Guard #2
    Bib Fortuna
    Biker Scout
    Boba Fett
    Bossk (Bounty Hunter) [white paint slightly worn, two punctures in rear]
    C-3PO (Removable Limbs) [paint worn]
    Chief Chirpa
    Darth Vader
    Death Squad Commander [belt paint worn, some wear on fingers & toes]
    Death Star Droid [black paint worn]
    Droopy McCool (Max Rebo Band)
    Emperor's Royal Guard
    FX-7 (Medical Droid)
    Gamorrean Guard [horn tips & teeth slightly worn]
    General Madine [toes slightly worn]
    Greedo [toes slightly worn]
    Hammerhead [joints loose]
    Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) [hair slightly worn]
    Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) [slight wear on fingers & toes]
    Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber)
    Han Solo (In Trench Coat)
    Han Solo (large head version) [hair worn, shoulders discolored]
    IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) [black paint slightly worn]
    Imperial Commander [belt paint slightly worn]
    Imperial Dignitary
    Imperial Gunner
    Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
    Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot [no blaster]
    Jabba the Hutt [no hookah]
    Jawa I [reproduction vinyl cape]
    Jawa II (cloth cape)
    Klaatu [paint worn above nose]
    Klaatu (In Skiff Guard Outfit)
    Lando Calrissian [with teeth]
    Lando Calrissian (General Pilot) [no blaster]
    Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise)
    Leia (Hoth Outfit)
    Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) [painted neck]
    Lobot [incorrect or alternate weapon]
    Logray (Ewok Medicine Man)
    Luke Skywalker [brown hair]
    Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) [brown hair]
    Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) [wear on fingers & toes]
    Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper Outfit)
    Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho)
    Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit) [green lightsaber]
    Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) [wear on vest & hands]
    Max Rebo
    Nien Nunb
    Power Droid
    Princess Leia Organa
    Princess Leia Organa (Boushh Disguise)
    Princess Leia Organa (Combat Poncho)
    Rancor Keeper
    Rebel Commander
    Rebel Commando
    Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear) [toes slightly worn]
    Salacious Crumb (Jabba the Hutt Playset)
    Sand People
    See-Threepio (C-3PO)
    Snaggletooth (Red)
    Snaggletooth (Blue) [paint on boots & hands worn, joints loose]
    Squid Head
    Sy Snootles
    The Emperor
    (Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot
    Walrus Man [joints loose]
    Wicket W. Warrick
    Yak Face [worn hands and feet]
    Yoda [orange snake]
    Zuckuss (really 4-LOM)


    Dulok Scout
    Dulok Shaman [card fresh]
    King Gorneesh [no staff]
    Logray [no staff, wear on beard & fingers]
    Urgah Lady Gorneesh
    Wicket W. Warrick [card fresh]


    Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) [card fresh]
    Jann Tosh [card fresh]
    Jord Dusat [card fresh]
    Kea Moll
    Kez-Iban [card fresh]
    See-Threepio (C-3PO) [card fresh]
    Sise Fromm [card fresh]
    Thall Joben
    Tig Fromm [card fresh]
    Uncle Gundy [card fresh]

    * The Brazillian Vlix figure is NOT included.


    Up to 90% of all modern figures into early 2011 are included. Rarer finds:

    TAC Darth Malak (Sith Lord)
    TAC Darth Revan (Sith Lord)
    TAC Pre-Cyborg Grievous
    TCW Red Clone Commander Stone
    TCW Red Commander TX-20
    TCW Red Darth Sidious
    TCW Red Firefighter Droid
    TCW Red MagnaGuard (with Cape)
    TCW Rex Clone Trooper Draa
    TCW Rex Ahsoka Tano
    TCW Rex Savage Opress (Armored Apprentice)
    TVC MagnaGuard
    TVC See-Threepio (C-3PO)
    TVC Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)
    TVC Jar Jar in Carbonite

    PLUS over 440 figures exclusive to specific retail locations or special conventions.

  • Congratulations to not only the winning bidder, but to Rancho Obi-Wan being able raise money for this awesome charitable organization.

    About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.


    1. Would never pay that amount for these....I think $1,000 is fair.

      1. I have seen complete sets of the vintage Star Wars line alone go for $4,000 or more.

    2. I don't know, but that final price seems kind of low to me. Charity auctions usually go for far more than fair value, especially when they receive the amount of publicity this one did.

      1. I thought it would have gone for close twice of what it did.


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