A rare Star Wars toy that has been hunted down at a bargain for 99p is set to sell for £1,000. A savvy collector scavenged a Yak-Face figurine from Return of the Jedi from a Tesco in the 1980s.
Originally priced at £1.59, it was marked down for a quick sale. It was kept sealed in its original packaging and is now expected to fetch between £800 and £1,000.
The figure was purchased by another collector who then spent 20 years researching other toys from the movie trilogy. His collection of 37 figures is expected to go under the hammer and is expected to fetch a total of £20,000.
The 48-year-old, who works in financial services in Birmingham, said: “I remember seeing a lot of figures for sale for 10p each at a store called Crash Bang Wallop in the Swan shopping center in South Yardley, Birmingham, circa 1986, when interest in films waned.
“I was still in school and they had a box full of about 50 toys, all rare examples of the last 17 figures. How I wish I had the money back then. I just bought some one and it is still part of my collection.
“I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan since the movies came out. I bought the figures about 20 years ago as an investment to add to my toy collection from when I was a kid. My favorite bundle is an Anakin figure Skywalker is rare because the original actor’s appearance in the films was cut with a different actor.
“I am surprised by the rarity of certain toys because they were much more common when I bought them. I’m selling now because I have a family and I’m struggling to find a place to display them safely. This is the right time to sell. »
The most valuable character, Anakin Skywalker, is expected to sell for between £3,000-5,000. Meanwhile, another Kenner Yak-Face figurine from 1984 is expected to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000.
A figurine of Luke Skywalker dressed as an Imperial Stormtrooper from Star Wars that still has his ‘Tesco 99p’ offer price tag is estimated at £800. The Power of the Force Nikto coin with Warok Ewok is also expected to sell for £500-800.
The Star Wars collection will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers, Etwall, Derbys., on April 20. Auctioneer David Wilson Turner said: ‘The Jedi Yak-Face with its original 99p price sticker is quite rare, hence the guide price. It’s amazing to think that a Star Wars toy on sale for less than £1 in 1983 is now potentially worth 1000 times its original price.
“Our supplier didn’t buy it for 99p originally, but bought it 20 years ago for £200. Hansons has seen some impressive collections of Star Wars toys, including one that fetched almost £10 £000 at auction, but this one should be the best yet.
“Our seller has amassed a phenomenal set of numbers. There are Star Wars collectors all over the world and the clamor to own rare items is stronger than ever.”