- 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?
1. Vinyl Caped Jawa 3 ¾” figure
The short and mysterious inhabitants of Tatooine, Jawas are known for their passion for scavenging. They were responsible for finding C-3PO and R2-D2 in the desert and selling them to Luke Skywalker’s uncle in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
Jawa figures are fairly commonplace – but the vast majority are dressed in a material cape. There was a very limited release of figures wearing vinyl capes and are hard to find ‘complete’. These rarities have been known to fetch around £500-700 (loose)
2. Yak Face 3 ¾” figure
‘Yak Face’ (or to Star Wars aficionados, Saelt-Marae), briefly appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, where he can be seen in the background melée in Jabba's Palace.
Despite the brief cameo in the film, Kenner did in fact create a figure of this character in 1985, though it was never distributed in the United States. Dubbed as “The Holy Grail for all ‘loose collectors’”, Yak Face figures are worth about £150-200 (loose) and vastly more when carded and in minted condition.
3. Palitoy Death Star Playset
The iconic space station that blows up Princess Leia’s home planet of Alderaan; what child wouldn’t want a Death Star playset to re-enact that fateful scene?
In 1979, UK toy manufacturers Palitoy released a cardboard Death Star playset; a large cardboard semi-sphere featuring ten different rooms, a ladder, a bridge, two X-wing laser cannons and even an escape chute that leads into the trash compactor that can be opened and closed, simulating the moving walls in the film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
Being made of cardboard and held together with plastic pegs, understandably the Palitoy playset is hard to find and is even rarer to have in good condition. If you’ve got one tucked away in the loft, it could reach £1000-1500 at auction.
4. X-Wing Fighter
Let’s face it, if you were a Star Wars fan as a child, you would’ve pestered your parents for an X-Wing Fighter. The iconic starfighter ship of the Rebel Alliance, Luke Skywalker managed to destroy the first Death Star piloting his X-Wing Fighter in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
An X-Wing Fighter toy will fetch around £150-200, even without its original box.
5. Carded 12 back Luke Skywalker 3 ¾” figure
Luke Skywalker, arguably the hero of all the original Star Wars films, was the son of Anakin Skywalker (later to become the fearsome Darth Vader) and Queen Amidala. He and his sister, Princess Leia helped lead the Rebel Alliance to victory in the war with Empire in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.
Luke Skywalker figures are therefore one of the most common out there; every young Star Wars fan having to own one. But did you have the restraint and foresight to keep your Luke Skywalker in his original packaging? Carded, mint condition, first edition Luke Skywalker figures can sell for as much as £1200.
6. Carded 21 back Boba Fett 3 ¾” figure
The infamous Bounty Hunter, the young Boba Fett saw his father die in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Frequently collaborating with the Empire, Boba Fett is most famous for capturing Han Solo and delivering him to Jabba the Hutt to encase in carbonite.
Original Boba Fett figures in their packaging have been known to sell for as much as £3000. If your mum chucked out this particular mint condition figure in a frenzy of spring cleaning, you really will begin to know the power of the dark side.
7. Boxed Millennium Falcon
In the Star Wars films, the Millennium Falcon belongs to Han Solo and his Wookiee co-pilot, Chewbacca.
You knew you really had been good all year if you were lucky enough to find a Millennium Falcon under your Christmas tree. Unless, like some prescient oracle you thought to yourself; “I’ll keep my precious Millennium Falcon in pristine condition and retain all of the original packaging”, you’ll have opened the box and played with this iconic spaceship. Nevertheless, Hans Solo’s ship will still sell for around £200-300 today.
8. Droids Vlix 3 ¾” figure
Have you ever heard of Vlix, one of the characters from the animated Star Wars spin-off, Droids? Nope, neither had we.
Appearing in only a handful of episodes of this 1980s TV show, incredibly a figure of Vlix Oncard was produced and distributed by Kenner’s Brazilian distributor, Glasslite. If, by some miracle, you’ve got one in the attic, you could be looking at up to £2000 (loose).
9. Carded Darth Vader 12 back 3 ¾” figure
The ultimate bad guy, Darth Vader (born Anakin Skywalker) was trained to be a Jedi Knight by Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars ‘prequel’ films. Following an unfortunate run-in with some volcanic terrain and having to deal with deep-seated anger issues, Anakin Skywalker is soon ‘turned’ to the Dark Side by Emperor Palpatine.
Much like the Luke Skywalker figures, all Star Wars fans would have had to own a Darth Vader too. Again, if you kept yours in his original packaging with the card back in mint condition, your Darth Vader could be worth in the region of £1500-2000.
10. Star Wars Cinema Release Poster
After the films had finished showing in cinemas in the 70s and 80s, the original cinema release posters were very often destroyed.
That’s why large-scale, original posters are extremely hard to come by. If you’ve got one in mint condition, it’s even rarer. These early posters can now command up to £1500 each at auction.