When it comes to the pop culture collecting market, few properties can command as much profile as Star Wars, a point to which a recent toy auction held in the US can attest.
It was at a York County auction held last week that a new record was set, when a protoype Star Wars action figure – one that never made it onto the toy shelves -went for a staggering more than $100,000.
The rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure brought in $112,926 in a July 11 online event hosted by Hake’s Auctions of York.
The 3.75-inch action figure was a prototype, which was expected to be released as part of Kenner’s licensed toy line for the 1980 release of The Empire Strikes Back. The prototype was originally put on display at the 1979 New York Toy Fair, but it was never mass produced.
“The toy was pulled from the line after being deemed a possible safety hazard for children, thus making the Boba Fett figure extremely rare and coveted in the collecting world,” said a news release from Hake’s.
The $112,926 set a new world auction record for a Star Wars toy, exceeding the previous record of over $26,000.