Ultra-Rare Star Wars Figure Goes Up For Auction For $225,000
If you happen to have a quarter-million dollars laying around, you can spend it on a piece of Star Wars history.
One of the rarest Star Wars collectibles is now available at auction, and it can be yours if you pay what would be a record-breaking price. A certified authentic rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype figure from 1978 is up for auction on Ebay, from an anonymous seller in Dubai, UAE. The asking price? A paltry $225,000. With free shipping!
If sold at that price, it would represent a new high record for the rare figure. The seller, who told ABC News that he wishes to remain anonymous, is confident that it can reach his asking price because, "This is the kind of piece that transcends collecting. Every time it sells it breaks another record because they just don't come very often."
He's right that the price of the collectible has been trending upwards. Last year, one of the figures sold for approximately $113,000, and then just a few months later, another sold for $186,000. If that trend continues with this figure, it should have no trouble finding a $225,000 buyer. So far no offers have been made.
Boba Fett was first introduced in the widely panned Star Wars Christmas Special, and a matching figure with a working rocket launcher was advertised as a mail-away offer from Kenner. The rocket was deemed a choking hazard before the figure was released, though, so the finished figures had the rockets glued into the launcher. That makes the unpainted prototypes--with the working rocket launcher intact--incredibly rare and valuable among collectors.
Boba Fett has since taken a place in Star Wars history as one of the most enduring characters, because let's face it, he just looks cool. Since his apparent death in Return of the Jedi, the series has continued iterating on his design with the appearance of Jango Fett in the prequels, several books and video games that have fleshed out Mandalorian culture and the legend of Boba himself, and most recently, the Disney Plus series The Mandalorian.