• Geek culture in full force when it comes to keepsakes, with 36% UK households admitting to treasuring ‘specialist’ collectables
  • 1 in 20 homes have valuable Star Wars memorabilia stashed away
  • Discover our top three tips for making sure your collection is covered

A long time ago in a bedroom far, far away, many of us were probably playing with our collection of Star Wars, Doctor Who or Star Trek action figures, blissfully unaware of the impact that these iconic films and characters would soon have on popular culture.

But we must have had an inkling that the sci-fi genre was going to be galactically successful, because many of us hung on to collections of action figures, models and posters into adulthood. Indeed, some of us even had the foresight to keep the original packaging (no, us neither). 

Star Wars, Doctor Who and Star Trek memorabilia are among the most popular ‘geek culture’ items we have stowed away in lofts and garages, with one in 20 having Star Wars stuff stashed at home.

What many don’t realise though is that these collections are becoming more and more valuable as the cult appeal of sci-fi continues to increase. A forgotten cardboard box of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader figures could turn out to be worth a lot more than you think.

Why not have a root around in the loft and find your childhood collection? At LV= home insurance, we’re encouraging big kids across the nation to ensure they’re properly protecting valuable memorabilia by making an inventory of potential treasures.

Our top three tips for protecting your collections

1. It’s worth checking that your collections are automatically covered under your home contents - and you should let your insurer know if there are items of significant value (£1,500+) in case they need to be included as a listed item

2. To ensure things can move quickly if your collection is stolen or damaged, keep an up-to-date record of the items in your collection. Taking pictures of items to keep with an accompanying list is always helpful

3. Keep receipts for any purchases but also keep an eye on the modern value where you can and let your insurer know if any of your items spike in value. 

Do you have any of these valuable Star Wars collectables in YOUR home? 

Imagery courtesy of Vectis Auctions Ltd, and Top 10 collectable list compiled by Kathy Taylor from Vectis Auctions Ltd