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European tri-logo Star Wars action figures
Jan. 7, 2010
I have Darth Vader (1995), Luke in Dagobah outfit and training Yoda (1996) and Princess Leia in slave outfit (1997) from Kenner. They are all European tri logo, and I saw the same Darth Vader on sale for $150, does this mean that they are all worth about that price? If I were to sell them how much should I ask for, and should I sell them as a set or seperately?
Congratulations. Tri-logo Star Wars action figures are a wonderful part of any collection and are definitely sought-after by Star Wars toy collectors. Our latest price guide resources don't tend to include tri-logo action figure values, so the best way to ascertain value is to see what the items are selling for in the current market. eBay is a great resource for this purpose.
Our search yielded different results, however. The Luke Dagobah sells for about $20. The Darth Vader is on eBay Buy It Now! twice - once for $150 and once for $7.75. We couldn't find historical data about tri-logo Slave Leia, which perhaps suggests she is more rare and valueable. If you are intent upon selling these figures, we recommend doing so separately on eBay. If someone wants to buy them all, they can do that by viewing your other auctions, which everyone knows will save them money on shipping costs. Set your reserve for the amount you would be willing to sell them. You can try going for $150. Who knows - perhaps someone will buy them at that price. Like all things, the value of Star Wars action figures is in the eye of the beholder.
May the Force be with you!
Protecting a Star Wars Collection
Jan. 7, 2010
I'm looking for a website that sells protective shells for my Episode I and Power of the Force figurines. They're mint in box and have seen these clear plastic shells before. HELP!
Great question! It's important to protect your packaged Star Wars action figures, and fortunately Hasbro, the same people who design the action figures, have provided us with a solution. Hasbro sells clear plastic cases that protected packaged Star Wars action figures. There are a number of online sources for these cases, but it pays to buy direct. Right now the Star Wars action figure cases are on sale at Hasbro.com at the bargain price of $7.99 for a 10-pack of protective action figure cases.
You might be able to find a different variety of cases at wholesale prices at http://www.wholesalecases.com. If you don't want to buy your cases 10 at a time, ToyWiz carries the cases individually at $2.99 apiece at http://www.toywiz.com/episode3starcase.html.
Best of luck, Adam. May your action figures always be mint, and may the Force be with you!
Pricing information for a Princess Leia doll
Jan. 7, 2010
I have two 12-14 inch dolls in gowns. How much are they worth? Also a have a plane.
Without more information it's hard to answer your question. We're posting photos of various Princess Leia 12-inch figures from throughout the past 30 years to help you identify the dolls you have in your possession. The value of each of these will vary depending on the condition of the figures - ranging from mint in box to loose and damaged. The prices listed below assume the items are mint in package. If the items are loose and imperfect, the values will drop significantly.
Hoth Princess Leia = $20
Leia Boushh Disguise = $60
Jabba's Prisoner = $65
Original = $260
New Leia (circa 1996) = $25
I hope this helps, Shirley.
How rare is the Speeder Bike Big Wheel?
Jan. 5, 2010
I'm not a collector but I once saw a big wheel plastic trike that was made up to look like a speeder bike from the ewok film. I have never seen another and am just wondering if you have ever seen one or have a value?
What you're referring to is a rather rare Star Wars collectible because it was large, expensive and therefore not widely available to collectors today. The Speeder Bike Peddle Vehicle is currently valued at $860 by the Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book (Fifth Edition). We've never seen one outside of photographs, but it certainly would be a sight to behold as one of those holiest of Star Wars holy grails.
What's the value of my Early Bird Kit?
Jan. 3, 2010
I have a set in very good to excellent condition, still in original box. How much is this worth and how would I go about selling it?
We need to ask a few questions before we can answer this question. First, do you have the empty Early Bird Kit packaging (as pictured here) or do you have the actual figures (four in all) in the box that was sent to you when you mailed in the Early Bird Kit paperwork? Also, we need to determine if you have an original Early Bird Kit from 1977, which is quite rare and sought-after by Star Wars toy collectors, or the re-issue of the Early Bird Kit that was part of the toy lineup for Revenge of the Sith in 2006.
Here are the current values of all of the above:
- Early Bird Kit packaging (1977) = $400
- Early Bird Kit action figures in box (1977) = $425
- Early Bird Kit packaging (2005) = $45
- Early Bird Kit action figures in box (2005) = $50
My Star Wars collection?
Jan. 3, 2010
I have several collectibles that I had many many years and am just wondering how much they are worth. First I have the 1977 Star Wars complete set of bubble gum cards by Topps - 330 cards with no stickers. I also have the three series of Empire Strikes Back - full set, no stickers. Then i have the Return of the Jedi - both series, no stickers. Will these cards go up in price one day?
Then I have two Kenner Millenium Falcons complete with the ball. I also have a 1979 Kenner Millenium Falcon diecast in excellent condtion. All are complete as I hardly ever played with. Then I have a 1996 Millennium Falcon carriying case - never opened and brand new. I also have thee complete set of the Star Wars Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC minifigures from Episode 1.
I also have the displays of the promos at KFC sealed in their own factory cases - like twenty boxes put together as one solid display. I have a 1996 monopoly set limited edition Star Wars never opened and still sealed in factory packaging, and a Franklin Mint gold replica of the Millennium Falcon that has never been displayed with c.o.a. I also have a Lego 4508 Millenium Falcon (retired set) that was opened but complete except for the minis. I also have the Lego Millennium Falcon #4488 sealed in its box. Please let me know if any are rare or will then increase in price in the near future and how much they are presently. Thank you and Happy New Year.
The values for your Star Wars card sets are impressive even though you don't have the stickers. Your complete set of Episode IV: A New Hope cards are worth $400. The Empire Strikes Back card series is worth $100, and the Return of the Jedi series is worth $130. It's unclear how the value will grow over time, but it seems likely that the value will continue to increase even as Topps continues to issue reprints of the varies card series for nostalgia's sake.
Your two 1977 Millennium Falcons - given their condition - should be worth between $200 to $400. If you had the original packaging that value could skyrocket to $1,000 or more apiece. The diecast Millennium Falcon is worth $165 in the package. We've seen it on sale for between $30 and $75 loose.
The 1996 Millennium Falcon carrying case is worth $30. KFC promos are rare and I'm not able to estimate their value. Do a search on eBay for them to see what similar items are selling for in the current market. Your restaurant toys are worth a few dollars apiece.
Hope this helps!
Dec. 11, 2009
Could you share any insight into the rarity or value of these? - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200320281039&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270498289438&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
Thanks in advance.
This item isn't listed in the latest price guide (Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book), but it is a promotional version of Obi-Wan Kenobi's Phantom Menace lightsaber, released by Hasbro in 1999. The toy version is valued at $26.
We found the promotional version you're referring to in an eBay auction with a Buy It Now price o $85. eBay auctions are a nice gauge of how much an unlisted item might be worth, but as this auction hasn't ended it's hard to tell if this item is really worth $85. I would think it is not. First, the promotional version is considerably shorter than the real thing - probably so it fit better in a store display. Beware promo items. They are highly collectible but tend to come with highly inflated prices.
Getting best price for my Star Wars toys
Dec. 8, 2009
As much as it pains me, I think it's time to sell off most of my Star Wars action figures. I have a somewhat small collection of around 20-25 figures, all with original accessories but none in the original packaging. I also have a few vehicles, including the airspeeder, Luke's landspeeder, A-Wing, X-Wing and speeder bikes. All the figures are in excellent condition, only minor scratches on one or two. The vehicles are in a little worse condition, but still very well taken care of. In addition to those, I also own a couple of playsets, such as the Death Star chasm, which Luke and Leia swing across, and the Millennium Falcon gunports. My question would be, is there a reliable free source, preferably online, where I can appraise my collection? If not, would you be able to give me a rough estimate? Thank you for your time.
We have never been able to find a good, free price guide for Star Wars action figures and toys online that is updated often enough to be of use. That said, the newest edition of the Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book is now on sale here, and you can certainly find prices for loose or packaged items that you plan to sell using this comprehensive Star Wars toy pricing guide. If you send us a detailed list of your items, we'd be happy to look up the prices in the Fourth edition of this publication for you.
We're always sorry to hear from a Star Wars fan and collector who must part with their collection, but when it happens we like to help you get the best price for your Star Wars toys.
Chewie's bowcaster color variation
Dec. 1, 2009
Dear fellow geeks,
Hello. I have a version of the vintage Chewbacca bowcaster weapon that is blue instead of black. It is the same color as the vintage IG-88 weapons. Is this a rare variation or a fake? It is not painted, but molded in blue. I acquired it in the mid 80's, probably at a flea market along with other Star Wars toys. I am an avid intage figure collector since childhood and I've yet to come across any literature regarding this weapon. Do you have any advice as to the origins of this? Thnaks in advance.
Excellent question! We are often called upon to investigate what might be rare variations on vintage Star Wars action figures. I can report to you that there is a variation in the color of Chewbacca's weapon that is near impossible to spot without holding it in front of light. The early version of this accessory was molded in dark green plastic. Later versions were molded in dark blue/gray plastic. The green version is commonly considered to have come only with the Early Bird Set figure, but it has never been proven to be exclusive to the set.
I hope this information answers your question. Thank you for your interest in StarWarsToyMuseum.com. It's always great to connect with a fellow collector.
May the Force be with you!
Touring the Star Wars Toy Museum
Sept. 23, 2009
Can people tour the Star Wars Museum? I live in the KS area and my boyfriend and his son are coming to visit so I am trying to plan their visit. I appreciate your rapid response thank you. May the Force be with you! :)
I am sorry to say we don't have exhibit space. We are putting the collection pictures online so people can see them, and occassionally we send items to museums where they can be viewed. I'll keep you posted and let you know if we have an exhibit in your area. Where do you live?
Thanks for your interest in StarWarsToyMuseum.com. May the Force be with you!
Will you buy my collection?
July 28, 2009
My name is Carlos Esparza and I am wondering if you are interested in buying my Star Wars collection I have had since I was young?
StarWarsToyMuseum.com is not in a position to buy Star Wars collections, but I thank you for your interest in our site.
How do I appraise my collection's value
July 17, 2009
Just a quick question. I have a lot of star wars toys, not from the late 70's/early 80's, but from the mid nineties through present. How do I go about appraising and figuring out the value of what I have?
There are a number of price guides, the most recent of which is located here: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Super-Collectors-Wish/dp/1574325515/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247860907&sr=1-2
Please note that this book is updated fairly often, and a new edition is scheduled to go on sale this November.
May the Force be with You!
Need a stormtrooper helmet
July 23, 2009
Adam S., a contact of mine from Novus Ordo community website, suggests me to contact you.
My name is Matt, am a frrench graphic designer living in Sydney, and am looking for a storm trooper ("TK , FX style") helmet. Armour maybe later... Do you or do you know someone who manufacture this, how much it is?
At $59.99 this (http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Stormtrooper-Collectors-Helmet/dp/B0006FUCHAhttp://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Stormtrooper-Collectors-Helmet/dp/B0006FUCHA) is perhaps the best mass-produced stormtrooper helmet on the market.
This page - http://www.officialstarwarscostumes.com/stormtrooper-masks.html - includes some other, less expensive options.
You can also search eBay for stormtrooper helmet (http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1313&_nkw=stormtrooper+helmet&_sacat=See-All-Categories) and see what is available. Often fan-built helmets are offered here, and they can be quite intricate, even including air conditioning and voice amplifiers in some cases.
Please understand that StarWarsToyMuseum.com cannot attest to the quality of any stormtrooper helmet vendors. We are merely offering a few places for you to shop. As always, we recommend you do your research and beware ripoffs or poor quality items.
We are happy to be of assistance to you. Thanks for your interest in StarWarsToyMuseum.com.
May the Force be with you!
What's the bounty on Han Solo Carbonite?
Dec. 23, 2008
I have the Star Wars action figure Han Solo and Carbonite Block w/ Frozen Han Solo. 1998 Edition. Trying to find out how much this worth.If you could please let me know how much this is worth.Thank You.
First of all, thanks for writing. I can absolutely help you however I am travelling right now for the holidays. I will be back at my desk on Monday and will look up this action figure in the latest price guide and get you a value estimate. In the meantime, I have some questions for you. Is the figure in the package? Is the package in good shape? Any details you can offer will help in the valuation.
Thanks for visiting StarWarsToyMuseum.com and May the Force be with You this holiday season and always.
Does a card misprint increase my figure's value?
December 10, 2008
I am not sure if you are someone who can answer this question, but I thought I'd give you a try. Maybe you can direct me to someone who could answer, if you cannot.
I have a Darth Vader action figure from the Original Trilogy Collection that has a label that was placed upside down. I am not sure if this is considered a "mis-print" or if it is just a mistake on the part of Hasbro. I do not have a picture as we speak, because I am at work. If you need to see it, I will get a picture taken for you. I found this link, which is the figure I have, without the upside down label:
I was wondering how I would go about getting a price for it. Or get it appraised. Anything like that. I will admit, I am a Star Wars fan, but I have not been in the collectible market place for very long. Any information would be great.
I do not know if I am wanting to sell it or anything, I am just interested in what kind of treasure I may have.
Thank you for your question. The figure in question is one of several versions of Darth Vader (this one from The Empire Strikes Back) that were part of Hasbro's Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection, issued between 2004-05.
According to the latest price guide, Star Wars Super Collector's Wish Book: Fourth Edition (p. 358), the figure is valued at $25 in package and $10 out of package/mint/complete.
We'd like to see a photo of the item to determine what exactly was "printed" upside down, but we suspect that one of the stick-on labels was simply placed on the packaging upside down. If that's the case, the figure is not really worth any more than if the sticker was placed correctly.
Sometimes figures are worth more if they have a variation that alters the figure. In some rare cases, anomalies with the packaging will increase the value of a figure. But in this case, it seems that a simple factory error has occurred that wouldn't affect the figure's price. If anything, the error might adversely affect the sale of this item to any collector who wants a mint condition package. This might be considered a flaw in packaging and may even make the figure harder to sell.
I hope this information helps you. Thank you for your interest in StarWarsToyMuseum.com, and May the Force Be With You!
How do I go about selling my entire collection?
December 8, 2008
I wonder if you could point me in the best direction for selling my collection of Star Wars toys.
I have many action figures (not carded) and spaceships (some in boxes such as Millenium Falcon and AT-AT).
I am a massive fan of Star Wars, however the toys are not used anymore and the extra cash would come in handy, however I dont want to sell them to just anybody - I would much prefer to know they are going to safe hands.
Your help would be much appreciated.
Good question. We get this one a lot. First of all, let me caution you against trying to sell your Star Wars toys to the local comic book or antique store. These folks almost always want to pay you very little. I honestly think your best bet is to sell your toy online. This enables you to get the widest possible audience and - therefore - the best money - for your toys. eBay.com is the best place to sell. You can also check out Craigslist.org (which enables you to sell to people in our area, thus eliminating the need to spend money shipping items). Hope this helps!
Thanks for visiting StarWarsToyMuseum.com, and may the Force be with you!
What are my vintage Star Wars toys worth?
Aug. 15, 2007
We have a collection of Star Wars figures that have been amassed from the years 1978 thru 1985 Were curious as to what the value may be. The figures have their weapons and their cloaks. there are also 2 carrying cases, one is Darth Vader and the other C3PO. Any insight you may provide will be greatly appreciated.
Brandon, Angel and Lisa
Dear Brandon, Angel and Lisa,
Thank you for writing to us at StarWarsToyMuseum.com! We get this question all the time, and we're glad to be able to help provide you with answers.
First of all, we want to say that the greatest value of any Star Wars toy collection is the warm feelings it brings to the owners. You know that, I'm sure. That said, without seeing a detailed inventory list or photos of the collection, it sounds as though you have a collection of vintage Star Wars figures from the Kenner line (1977 to 1985). It sounds as though the figures are in good condition with their original weapons and capes, etc. That's good news.
Of course, the real money is in mint condition, packaged vintage figures. These can go for several hundred dollars per figure. But your figures have been opened and played with. That's not necessarily bad news. It means your toys have been well-loved and brought joy to your life.
Loose figures - even vintage figures - rarely go for more than $30 apiece. If the figure is rare, it could fetch more than that, but this is only true for a few hard-to-find figures.
We've bought carrying cases for $40 to $50 on eBay. We are not sure whether to advise you to sell the collection as a whole or in parts. It certainly varies based on the collection and the mood of the eBay buyer of the moment.
If you wanted to send us a more detailed list of your figures, we would be happy to give you a ball park estimate as to value. We see collections go for several hundred dollars - or more than a thousand, depending on the number of items included.
I hope this helps! Thank you so much for visiting StarWarsToyMuseum.com. Visit us often, and keep in touch!
May the Force Be With You!
Proud owner of Jabba Sail Barge mini-rig
July 11, 2007
Hi i have just become the owner of a minirig of jabbas sail barge and was wondering how rare it is and if it is worth anything. it is original LFL and as far as i can tell complete. sorry no pics . please help ,thanks
Congratulations! That is a great collectible. The Jabba Sail Barge mini-rig is not especially rare or valuable, although it is one of the harder-to-find mini-rigs. This tends to make it more expensive that the other Kenner mini-rigs. One of these mini-rigs is now for sale on eBay at the following location [Editor's note: Listing is no longer available on eBay.]
As I always say, every toy is priceless is you love it and enjoy owning it. Thank you for your question and for your interest in StarWarsToyMuseum.com. I hope you will visit the site often. Tell your friends about us! We love to hear from Star Wars fans and collectors.
May the Force be with you!
Assessing value of 1995 Kenner line
Jan. 23, 2007
I have Star Wars action figures from 1995 Kenner toys in their original packaging.
How would I go about valuing them or where would I go to get a good idea of what I can sell them for?
I can help with that, Rich. Can you send me more details about the toys. Got any pics of them?
Seeking High Resolution Star Wars images
I have recently found an amazing photo of the docking station of Naboo.
It is very high res and I have printed it on photo poster paper to frame as a beautiful peice of art work. But now I am begging for more. I would like to have a collection of a few of these to hang in my house.
They are so nice that even my wife lets me get away with it. So, my question is - do you have any idea where I could find any other high resolution photos?
I have searched the web high and low and have not had much luck. Please help.
- Desperate Husband
I think you are in luck! We found a site that has numerous high resolution images of Star Wars landscapes that would look great framed on any wall. The sites never seem to be live long, to you had better hurry! The site is located at http://www.dusso.com/pages/EP3/EP3main.html.
During our search, however, we found a number of sites that might peak your interest. If you are looking for a specific Star Wars image, we recommend you give the Star Wars Image Archives a try. You can do a search or browse by category. In many cases, high resolution images are available. The Archives is located at http://www.aptirrelevance.com/sw-archive/
Happy hunting, Desperate Husband, and May the Force be with You!
Sam's Club Millennium Falcon Display
I'm trying to find information about a display that Sam's Club had a few years back (two or three or maybe even four). Anyway, it's pretty big -- about two feet by two feet. Now for the odd part -- you can plug it in and it has lights that work on it. It was supposed to be a Sam's exclusive, and they were supposed to be destroyed, but my brother managed to get ahold of it. If you know anything, I would love you forever (hehehehe - just kidding). I will have pictures of it in a few days if you want (I'm thinking of selling it on eBay). Oh, it has never been out of the box if that helps any. :)
Anyway, love the museum, and that's a fantastic collection!
Thanks very much for the message, and for the compliment on the museum and our collection. I believe I know what you are talking about -- is it a Millennium Falcon (nearly same as the toy) but much larger? It was a display used at Toys R Us in the late 90s that re-surfaced at some Sam's Clubs as well. I see it on eBay from time to time and bidding always goes beyond $1,000. It is a rare and very nice piece! I'm attaching two photos (pictured here) of the item I'm referring to from another fan's web site. Let me know if this is the item to which you are referring.
May the Force be with you!