Star Wars action figures and toys have become a favorite category in Hake’s Auctions with spirited competition over the rarest and most desirable toys in the galaxy. When Hake’s closed Auction #235 on July 26-27, 2022, it saw a total of $2.7 million, with several more impressive Star Wars sales.
The Jawa 12-back-A AFA 85 with the original vinyl cape on an unpunched card sold for $29,854. This diminutive 2-1/4” figure from the 1977 toy line has the original vinyl cape that was issued before it was repackaged with a cloth cape.
The loose Hong Kong Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi AFA 90 double-telescoping lightsaber figure exceeded its $20,000 estimate to realize $27,258, and the loose Hong Kong Darth Vader AFA 90 double-telescoping figure sold for $14,161. The figures were made for Kenner’s 1977 toy line and feature the second extendable lightsaber piece that was removed from later versions.
After the Jawa, carded figure sales were led by the Boba Fett 21-back-B AFA 85 from Kenner’s ’79 line that hammered for $23,558. The Luke Skywalker 12-back-C AFA 80 double-telescoping lightsaber figure on an unpunched card sold for $16,225. The rare Canadian Power of the Force Yak Face 92-back AFA 75 from Kenner’s final line of 17 vintage figures totaled $12,493.
A trio of hard to find three-pack action figure sets were also among the high sellers. The Villain Set Three-Pack Series 1 AFA 85 with a Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, and Death Squad Commander brought $15,134. The Droid Set Three-Pack Series 2 AFA 85 with R5-D4, Death Star Droid, and Power Droid went beyond the $10,000 estimate to sell for $12,136. The Android Set Three-Pack Series 1 AFA 85 featuring See Threepio (C-3PO), Artoo Detoo (R2-D2), and Chewbacca totaled $12,007. All three were sold in their original window boxes.
A Return of the Jedi C-3PO Collector’s Case dull gold prototype first shot AFA 80+ exceeded its $10,000 estimate to hammer for $13,525. The plastic prototype was produced for Kenner’s ’83 line, but was switched to the more familiar metallic gold version that went into production.
The “3 New Action Figures” dangler display AFA 85 reached $13,098, nearly triple the estimate. Issued by Kenner in ’77, the 6-1/4” x 8-1/4” die-cut clear thin plastic sign introduces the Sand People, Death Star Commander, and Jawa figures from the first wave.
The Early Bird Mailer Kit with a double-telescoping Luke, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 graded AFA 85 hammered for $11,162. When Kenner couldn’t meet the demand for toys during the 1977 holiday season, they sent these Early Bird Certificate Packages in their stead. The stiff illustrated envelop contains the sealed kit with the cardboard stand, stickers, and coupon to be redeemed for the first four figures.