One of the Holy Grails for Star Wars collectors, the Rocket-Firing Boba Fett, is going up for auction.The rare toy is worth over $80,000 and is just one lot in the Prop Stores Toys, Comic Art & Collectibles Live Auction, which kicks off on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The Boba Fett collectible had a starting bid of $30,000, but absentee bids have already hit $62,500 before the auction officially begins.
There is a reason why this lot, which comes with a Certificate of Authentication, or COA, has a firm place in Star Wars toy lore.
This Rocket-Firing Boba Fett, which is unpainted and made of blue plastic, is a prototype that utilized an L-Slot design named after the shape of the backpack mechanism to allow the rocket to fire. It never went into production but was used by toymaker Kenner to promote the second film in the franchise, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
It was intended to be mailed out to people who collected a certain number of proof of purchase coupons from other Star Wars toys.
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You might call yourself a Star Wars fan, but are you willing to pay $160,000 to prove it?
A treasure trove of original Hollywood memorabilia went under the hammer last week, with original costumes and set pieces from “Star Wars”, “Star Trek” and “Raiders of the Lost Arc” all up for grabs. The bidding war took place online, run by California-based auction house, Profiles in History.
There were plenty of highlights in the lots, and the fans were willing to bid. The golden headpiece from the Staff of Ra, used by Indiana Jones himself, saw a top bid of $70,000 according to CNBC, while more than 320 of Patrick Stewart’s scripts from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” pulled in $25,000.
The original yellow and blue tunics worn by Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” series also went for $60,000 apiece in a single bid.
But perhaps proving once and for all which is the better of the Star-themed franchises (controversial!), the original X-Wing fighter from “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” pipped these bids, going for $160,000.
Red Leader would be impressed.