The incredible Star Wars toy auction

Posted by David Konow

How many of you wish you still had your Star Wars action figures? How many of you wish you had bought two of each back in the day?

One set you could play around with, and one set you could keep in the package because you knew they’d be valuable one day? How many of you would also want to complete your action figure collection and have them all, or almost all of them?

Indeed, in recent months there have been some amazing Star Wars auctions, where memorabilia from George Lucas’s legendary space opera have gone for some pretty insane prices. The camera that shot the original Star Wars went for $625,000, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber went for $212,141, and one of the original T.I.E. Fighter models went for $170,000. Now you can bid on a complete collection of Star Wars action figures that are up for sale on Ebay if you move quick. (The auction ends on December 9, 2012.) 
 
According to the Ebay listing, it’s 1,950 action figures that are all loose, meaning they’re no longer in their original packaging, "and in very good to excellent condition." This collection of action figures spans from 1978, when Kenner first introduced the Star Wars toys, all the way up to this year.
 
We first learned about this auction from Entertainment Weekly, who informed us the proceeds from this sale are going to benefit Rancho Obi-Wan, "a registered non-profit organization whose specific purpose is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts." As this story was being finalized, the collection got fifty bids, and the highest bid was up to $9,188.
 
Like many of us who fell under the spell of Star Wars, I had many action figures from the film myself that I kept in the Darth Vader carrying case. I probably wouldn’t mind having a few of them again, but I’m scared that once I’d start buying some of them, I wouldn’t be able to stop, and I’d be over-run with little Star Wars people in my home. But for those who would love to restock their childhood collections, here’s a great way to do it in one fell swoop.