Rare Star Wars toy bought in sale for 99p set to sell for 1,000 times more

A rare Star Wars toy bought in a sale for just 99p is set to sell for over a thousand times more when it goes under the hammer, as the canny collected kept it in the original box

David Wilson-Turner, Head of Toys at Hansons Auctioneers
David Wilson-Turner, Head of Toys at Hansons Auctioneers, with the rare toy

An original Star Wars toy that was bought in a sale for just 99p is set to sell for over a thousand times more when it goes under the hammer.

The Yak-Face figure from Return of the Jedi was bought from a discount bin in Tesco in the 1980s, reduced from £1.59 to just 99p.

But its value has skyrocketed over the years and the toy is expected to sell for around £1,000 when it goes under the hammer.

Its value is largely down to the fact that the figure is still in its original packaging, and alongside other items in their collection the owner is expected to make around £20,000.

The toy was initially reduced, but has since sky-rocketed in price


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The collector has put their whole collection up for auction


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The figure was bought by a collector who spent 20 years hunting down more toys from the film trilogy, and it is just a small part of his collection of 37 original figures.

The 48-year-old collector from Birmingham, said: “I remember seeing lots of figures for sale for 10p each in a shop called Crash Bang Wallop in the Swan Shopping Centre in South Yardley, Birmingham, in about 1986, when interest in the films had waned.

“I was still at school and they had a full box of about 50 toys, all rare examples of the last 17 figures. How I wished I had the money at the time. I just bought one and it’s still in my played-with collection.

“I’ve been a big Star Wars fan since the films first came out.

They spent years collecting 37 different models


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The Luke Skywalker model isn’t as rare, but is still valuable


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“I purchased the figures about 20 years ago as an investment to go with my played-with collection from when I was a child. My favourite lot is a figure of Anakin Skywalker.

“It’s rare as the original actor’s appearance in the films has been cut with a different actor.

“I’m surprised by the rarity value of some of the toys as they were much more common when I purchased them.

“I’m selling now as I have a family and struggle to find anywhere to display them safely. It feels like the right time to sell.”

The most valuable figure, Anakin Skywalker, is expected to sell for between £3,000 and £5,000.

Meanwhile another 1984 Kenner Yak-Face figure is set to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000.

A figure of Luke Skywalker dressed as an Imperial Stormtrooper from Star Wars that still has its “Tesco 99p” offer price label is estimated to go for £800.

The Power of the Force Nikto with Warok Ewok coin is also expected to sell for between £500 and £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 fairly rare, hence the guide price.

“It’s amazing to think a Star Wars toy on sale for less than £1 in 1983 is now potentially worth 1,000 times its original price tag.

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“Our vendor didn’t purchase it for 99p originally but sourced it 20 years ago for £200.

“Hansons has seen some impressive Star Wars toy collections including one which made nearly £10,000 at auction, but this is set to be the best yet.

“Our seller has amassed a phenomenal set of figures.

“There are Star Wars collectors all over the world and the clamour to own rare items is as strong as ever.”

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