Number ten: Stormtrooper Luke Skywalker. Part of the 1985 “Power of the Force” set, this figure is Luke dressed as a Storm Trooper from “A New Hope” (the Original Star Wars Movie). This figure is rare because by 1985, Star Wars figures were no longer big sellers and many retailers simply refused to stock them anymore. A Mint in the Box StormTrooper Luke runs about $100 dollars.
Number Nine: Anakin-to-Darth Vader from the Hasbro Press Kit (2005). Given only to guest at the Hasbro media showroom at the 2005 Toy Fair. The figure features a figure of Anakin Skywalker on a rotating bases that when turned transforms into a Darth Vader. In the box was tons of various press materials. Originally worth several thousand dollars at auction, it now runs about $400.
Number Eight: The Blue Snaggletooth released in 1978 as part of the Early Bird release. Story is that the toy designers only had a poor quality black and white photo of the character to go on. So much of the design was mere guesswork. When the movie was released the Snaggletooth was actually red and about half human sized, not blue and human sized as the originally figures design. The blue figure was released only once. At auction this figure averages about $400 dollars.
Number Seven: “The Rocket Firing” Boba Fett released in 1980. Kenner originally released this figure with a missile that would actually shoot from the back pack. Safety concerns made Kenner glue all the missiles into the backpack on subsequent releases and even deny that they had ever manufactured one that really fired. However, “Rocket firing” Boba Fetts do pop up on auctions ever now and then. These figures go for anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 dollars.
Number Six: “Vinyl Cape” Jawa: In 1978 Kenner produced a Jawa figure; it was half the size of the other figures released that year. When originally sold the Jawa figure had a tiny vinyl cape. Many buyers felt that the Jawa figure was a bad deal because of its small size. In the next run of the figure the cape was replaced by a sown cloth robe, so buyer would feel it was now a better value. A “Vinyl Cape Jawa” will cost a get about $2000 dollars. But beware; many of these figures have been faked by adding a homemade vinyl cape.
Number Five: “Yak Face”. In 1985 Kenner decided to get out of the Star Wars action figure business. And “Yak Face” has already been manufactured. To reduce the losses Kenner sent the Yak Face figure to Europe and Canada; it was never officially sold in America. At last auction a mint condition Yak Face sold for $2,250.
Numbers two, three and four: “Early Bird Release” “Telescoping Lightsaber” Darth Vader, Obi-wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker. These three figures had two piece telescoping lightsaber that would extend from their hollow right arms. Only a few hundred of these figures were ever shipped to retail outlets. Seems that the tiny two piece lightsabers were extremely hard to make and very fragile. In later releases of these three figures the two-piece lightsabers were replaced by a single piece extendable part. Seems there are only about slightly more than a dozen of each of these figures are still in existence, although all of those are in mint in the box condition. If you can find one be prepared to pay about $15,000 dollars.
Number one: The Vlix action figure is not from the movies but instead is from the short lived Droid’s Cartoon series. After Kenner decided to get out of the Star Wars action figure business, the company sold the molds and manufacturing rights to this figure to a Brazilian toy company. The Vlix figure was sold only in Brazil and is so rare that a loose one can fetch $4,000 at auction. A mint in the box one, if it even exists, could fetch tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.