eBay Unveils One of the Largest Collections of Rare Star Wars Prototypes and Collectibles
By: eBay News Team
Buyers can own a piece of cultural history with over 100 iconic originals, never-before-seen memorabilia, unreleased Star Wars Action Figures, autographed pre-production props and more exclusively on eBay.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a movie hit theatres that would soon supernova into one of the largest movie franchises in cinema history. Lucky for them, eBay is bringing fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. One of the largest ever collections of rare, one-of-a-kind Star Wars collectibles are now available via Neat Stuff Collectibles. To own a piece of Star Wars history, visit eBay.com/StarWars through early April.
“We are excited to give lifelong Star Wars fans and new collectors alike rare access to historical items from one of the most iconic and important franchises of our time,” said Sam Bright, Senior Director of Art & Collectibles at eBay. “The sale and incredible discovery by Neat Stuff Collectibles is an exciting opportunity for Star Wars fans of all ages to join eBay's 170 million active buyers to own a unique piece of the Star Wars universe and its ongoing legacy.”
Valued over $100,000, this unique Star Wars collection is comprised of unique collectibles spanning from 1977 to present. A mix of never-before-seen and one-of-a-kind prototypes, customs, and art proofs – the items were originally obtained by a former Kenner engineer and master toolmaker. Further, the collection boasts original production pieces and ultra-rare prop replicas, hard mold copies of figures - some unpainted, while others are hand painted by the former Kenner employee. The action figures are being listed for sale in lots & individually. Each of the rare prototype figures are being listed beginning at $49 starting bid. Many of these figures never made it past the testing stage at Kenner.
Additionally, with over 40 signatures from the original film’s cast from the first six movies, collectors will have the opportunity to own a unique piece of Star Wars history. Iconic figures in the collection include Vinyl Cape Jawa, Prop Shop Darth Vader Helmet, Luke Skywalker Master Replica, Mark Hamill signed Light saber, Millennium Falcon Master Replica, Palitoy Death Star, and Rocket Firing Boba Fett Prototypes.
In celebration of this iconic collection, eBay looked at total sales from the past 8 years to determine the most popular Star Wars characters, and found Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker are the top three most popular, respectively*. With the highly anticipated upcoming release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, eBay determined that there was a sharp spike in Star Wars sales the day of the first trailer release (2/4/18), especially surrounding the characters featured in the trailer.
eBay + Top Star Wars Characters
- Based on total sales volume on eBay, the top 5 most popular Star Wars characters are*:
- Darth Vader
- Boba Fett
- Luke Skywalker
- Han Solo
- The most expensive item sold on eBay for each character in the top ten list above are primarily action figures and life-size props*:
- Darth Vader -Vintage 12 Back-A Double Telescoping Darth Vader AFA 70 Action Figure - Sold for $29,999.99
- Boba Fett -Vintage Prototype Rocket Firing L-Slot Boba Fett AFA 90 Action Figure - Sold for $20,000
- Luke Skywalker -12 Back Luke Skywalker Double Telescoping Saber MOC AFA 85 Action Figure -Sold for $20,000
- Han Solo -AFA Graded Star Wars 12-Back Collection Including Han Solo - Sold for $13,998
- Yoda- Life Size Phantom Menace Yoda Movie Prop - Sold for $8,895
eBay +Solo: A Star Wars Story
- On February 4, 2018 - the day the first Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer was released - Star Wars items sales saw a 24% increase from the day before.**
- The iconic characters and items featured in the film trailer - Han Solo, Millennium Falcon, Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca - all saw a spike in sales the day the trailer was released, based on the day prior.**
- Han Solo - 46% sales increase
- Millennium Falcon - 36% sales increase
- Chewbacca - 58% sales increase
- Lando Calrissian - 83% sales increase
*Data gathered from eBay US sales of Star Wars merchandise of top characters between January 1, 2010 – March 1, 2018.
**Data gathered from eBay US sales of Star Wars merchandise between January 28, 2018 – February 11, 2018.