For over 40 years Boba Fett has stood out as a favorite Star Wars character despite his very limited screentime. After his debut, the enigmatic bounty hunter with the coolest jetpack in the galaxy became just as popular in action figure form when he was introduced in 1979. Flashing forward to the present, Boba Fett’s rocket-firing prototype is elusive in the collecting market – except when it comes to Hake’s Auctions.

The pop culture and Americana auction house is currently hosting a Star Wars Special Event Auction through June 2, 2022. Sitting at the head of the table is the Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype L-slot AFA 80+ NM. This prototype is famous in collecting circles because it was pulled from Kenner’s 1979 Star Wars toyline when the rocket-firing aspect was deemed a choaking hazard. The 3-3/4” figure is unpainted and is housed in AFA’s updated laser cut casing style with the L-slot mechanism (named for its shape) clearly visible.

“We’ve sold multiple Boba Fett rocket-firing prototypes in the last few years, and it never ceases to raise the energy level when another one enters the building,” Hake’s Senior Consignment Manager Kelly McClain said. “It’s that rare piece that Star Wars collectors hunt for and are willing to aggressively compete over, which we see time and again in our auction results.”

Those results McClain pointed to have included a string of L-slots graded AFA 85 NM+ that have continuously gone up in value. One that sold in March 2018 went for $86,383, one in July 2019 realized $112,926, and one in June 2021 hammered for $165,200. Hake’s has set the world record for this collectible multiple times, most recently in March 2022 when a J-slot AFA 50 VG hammered for $204,435.

Hake’s Star Wars Special Event Auction is open for bidding now through June 2 at hakes.com.