Many of us like to collect cool things and display them in our game rooms. My game room has kitschy items such as old metal lunchboxes, Pez dispensers, and old Mad magazines.
My friend Gregg Moore is a huge Star Wars fan. Every year he sets up a Star Wars Christmas tree in his man cave. Gregg was nice enough to spend a few minutes with us to talk about his tree and about Star Wars collectables.
My fist piece of Star Wars memorabilia was the early bird package. It was sold in stores pre Christmas 1977. Essentially it was a backdrop, a couple of figure stands, and a certificate for mailing in to get the actual toys. Figures you would get would be Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and R2D2. Those figures showed up sometime in February.
Kenner signed up for the licensing for the toys before the movie and were blindsided by the success — as it takes about a year to develop a toy line. And they used this tactic to buy themselves some time.
I still have all of my original Star Wars figures they are all valued at a loss as they were played with. The are probably worth $5 to $15 a piece.
And even the condition of the box. No tears, creases, edge dings, and even the clarity of the bubble the figure is in will affect the value. My most heavily valued item is my “A New Hope” Jerry Vanderstelt print.
I paid $150 and he only made 250 of them. He signed and numbered it right in front of me. If you can find some one willing to give it up, I would say it would go for $1500 to $1800. But it is the holy grail of many Star Wars art collectors.
A movie used prop. Like Luke’s ESB lightsaber or Han’s blaster. But those are unattainable and I could not even afford the prop replicas that were released about 8 years ago from Master Replicas.
As with any collection, buy what you like and don’t intend for it to be an investment.
I started collecting the Star Wars Hallmark Ornaments back in 95. Buying 2 to 4 a year depending on how many were released. After years of collecting those it was taking over the main family tree. Believe it or not it was my wife’s idea to get a separate tree.
The ceramic Jabba the Hut because he is a rarity. Or the Radko C-3po because its metallic gold and it real pops on the tree.