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Are 1990s Star Wars figures worth anything? Yes, they are! When it comes to the rarest Star Wars toys, most people focus on the vintage figures and playsets from the 70s and 80s, but there are plenty of rare and valuable Star Wars sets from the 90s and early 2000s. In this article, we look back at 20 rare and expensive Star Wars toys from this era, including Lego, Micro Machines, prototypes, and more!
Price: $60 to $100
While the Star Wars universe is famous for its mystical elements (aka “Space Magic”), it’s also just as, if not more, recognized for its iconic vehicle and ship designs. Anyone with a casual familiarity with Star Wars can probably identify X-Wings, Tie Fighters, and AT-ATs just by their silhouette alone.
This fact makes Star Wars perfect for a toy brand like Micro Machines, and we got to enjoy our first tiny recreations of Rebel and Imperial ships during the mid-90s. In 1994, Micro Machines manufacturer Galoob released the Star Wars Master Collector’s Edition set containing 19 authentic vehicles from the original trilogy.
This set was a great value way to get a bunch of classic ships and vehicles, including the Sandcrawler, Imperial Shuttlecraft, and AT-ST “Chicken Walker”. This set was also the only way to get the Super Star Destroyer “Executor,” increasing its rarity.
New in box (NIB), this set ranges in value from around $60 to $100, depending on condition. However, some with a rare misprint on the back are being auctioned for upwards of $150. These boxes have an obvious sticker of a Tie Bomber over where the original image should be, which must have been applied in the factory once the mistake was noticed.
Price: $300+ for rarest variant
Despite having very few lines and a comedic “death” scene, Boba Fett has managed to become the official cool guy of the Star Wars universe. Thanks to his incredible character design, this brooding bounty hunter was always going to become one of the most popular Star Wars action figures.
In 1995, Hasbro/Kenner launched the new Power of the Force line (abbreviated POTF or POTF2). This was their first collection of Star Wars figures since the “vintage” line ended in 1985. Boba Fett was featured in the first run with his signature sawn-off blaster rifle and jetpack.
What’s interesting about this figure is that there were three versions released – all identical except for how the circles on Boba’s hands were painted. One variation had a half-circle design, one had a full circle, and one had a full circle on the right hand but nothing painted on the left.
The rarity of the figure is based on which hand circle variation it has
Two full circles – Normal production (not rare)
Two half circles – The ‘common’ rare variant
One full circle and no circle on other hand – Extremely rare
POTF Boba Fett’s that fit into the extremely rare category can sell for upwards of $300.
As of writing, there are also several figures signed by Jeremy Bulloch for sale on eBay, the most expensive listed at over $1200! In case you didn’t know, Jeremy Bulloch portrayed the bounty hunter in the original trilogy before Temuera Morrison became the face of the Fett’s.
Price: $200 to $300
The Power of the Force line wasn’t just limited to action figures. Hasbro/Kenner produced scale vehicles for your heroes and villains to pilot. Each vehicle had its own action feature, like the Tie Fighter’s “ejectable solar panel wings.” Who knew the Empire was progressive on renewables?
Of course, the famous Millenium Falcon would become one of the most coveted vehicles from the collection. Designed to fit your action figures, the Falcon features openable cockpit and crew compartments, swiveling quad cannon, and detachable landing struts. Throw a few batteries into it and enjoy four movie sounds, including the signature lightspeed whoosh.
New in box, this charming bucket of bolts fetches around $200 to $300 on eBay.
Price: $50 to $100
By the mid-90s, we started to get toys marketed directly at Star Wars collectors, and one of the most successful was Hasbro/Kenner’s 12” character series. The series features 34 collector items, including Luke Skywalker in various outfits (such as “X-Wing Gear” or “Bespin Fatigues”) as well as Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, and even Admiral Ackbar.
Designed to be displayed and collected rather than played with, the back of each openable cover is printed with a portrait and history of the character. Depending on their condition, most sell for around $50 to $100 on eBay. Some rarer ones, like C-3PO, can collect $200 or more.
As of writing, some sellers on eBay are demanding up to $2000 for the complete collection.
Price: $50 to $200
While becoming a Darth Vader may have cost Anakin a few limbs (and his beautiful hair), he at least retained his legendary piloting skills. As such, Darth Vader’s “Space Superiority Starfighter” looks appropriately badass when it wreaks havoc amongst Luke and his womp rat blasting comrades in A New Hope.
A significant update from the 1977 original, this version of Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter looks much more accurate to its movie appearance. The vehicle comfortably fits the buff action figures of the era and features two cannon launchers with the Empire’s signature green projectiles.
Sealed in its original packaging, this toy can sell for between $50 to around $200 on eBay.
Price: $100 to $150
No, it’s not the Millenium Falcon – it’s Dash Rendar’s Outrider…you know, from that video game!
If you recognize this ship, congratulations; you’re a real Star Wars nerd. Introduced in the Nintendo 64 game Shadows Of The Empire, Dash Rendar is like the Wish.com version of Han Solo. Despite the Outrider’s relative obscurity, it got some screen time in the 1997 special edition rerelease of A New Hope, which means it’s canon and not part of the retired Extended Universe (EU).
Originally selling for $24.99 in stores, Dash Rendar’s Outrider can now fetch you between $100 to $150 NIB. It’s no Han Solo bounty, but it’s nothing to sneeze at.
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Price: $400 to $600
Easily one of the most recognisable Star Wars vehicles without a hyperdrive, the Imperial AT-AT Walker perfectly represents the slow, methodical, and devastating power of the Empire. These four-legged monstrosities were terrifying when they debuted in The Empire Strikes Back.
In 1997, Hasbro/Kenner released their POTF update of the vehicle. While only standing slightly taller than the 1981 original, this version of the AT-AT has a far more detailed paint job, sound effects, and launchable “laser missiles.” You also get an AT-AT commander and driver that both fit comfortably inside (at least until the harpoon cables start flying).
This beast is easily one of the most valuable Star Wars toys from the 90s, fetching between $400 to $600 or more NIB.
Price: Up to $200
One of the best battle sequences in cinema history, the bitter confrontation on Hoth was the perfect introduction to arguably the best Star Wars movie ever. While we all love dogfights between X-Wings and Tie Fighters, we finally got to see what the grunts had to deal with.
This playset provides a scaled-down version of the Echo base defenses from the Empire Strikes Back, including two trench sections, a turret cannon, and a miniaturized shield generator. The playset also has interactive elements to help bring it to life (the cannons can fire plastic projectiles, while the shield generator has a switch to make it blow up).
Originally retailing for just $14.99 in toy stores, this set has since become one of the most rare Star Wars collectibles from the 90s. On eBay, the Hoth Battle playset can fetch up to $200 NIB.
Price: $300 to $500
Remember the Polly Pocket toys from the 90s? This series of playsets from Micro Machines is basically the Star Wars equivalent. Each of the “Action Transforming Playsets” includes the disembodied heads of three Star Wars characters. Each head opens up to reveal a miniature playset, along with a tiny version of the character to play with.
There are multiple valuable sets from this line, but playset VII (featuring Luke Skywalker, 4-LOM, and Snowtrooper) is the rarest. This is easily one of the most expensive Star Wars toys from the 90s and is generally auctioned for between $300 to $500 on eBay NIB.
As if the regular Star Destroyer wasn’t enough of a power statement, the Empire had to go and engineer the creatively named “Super Star Destroyer.” Teasing aside, this is probably the coolest of the giant starships in the Star War universe, even if it seems to go down a little too quickly in Return Of The Jedi.
Part of Hasbro/Kenner’s Collector Fleet series, this scale replica of the ship has an impressive amount of detail. Throw some batteries in, and you can make the engines light up and enjoy a few sound effects. Like the rest of the Collector Fleet series, it has a nice display stand included.
Now one of the rarest Star Wars collectibles from the 90s, the Collector Fleet Super Star Destroyer can reach prices as high as $600 or more on eBay.
Price: $200 to $300
To commemorate the Star Wars special edition being shown only on their network, Showtime distributed a limited run of Star Wars figures to its employees. With less than 150 believed to be in circulation, these figures are easily some of the rarest Star Wars toys from the 90s.
What’s so special about them? They have a red sticker on the packaging advertising that the Star Wars Special Edition is airing exclusively on Showtime. Yep, that’s it!
These elusive action figures rarely come up for sale, but when they do, they can easily fetch between $200 to $300 apiece.
Price: $70 to $250
As elegant as it is deadly, the Naboo N-1 Starfighter looks gorgeous whether sitting in a hangar, spinning (that’s a good trick), or just blowing stuff up.
Released in the lead-up to Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, the Electronic Naboo Starfighter is one of Hasbro’s best 90s Star Wars toys. The cockpit and canopy design feature an exquisite amount of detail, and it’s hard to get over that gorgeous yellow finish. The box even comes with a few highly-detailed decals to make the toy even more accurate to the film.
The ship also has a decent amount of play value with an openable cockpit, light up laser blasters, and a launchable proton torpedo.
Depending on condition, the Electronic Naboo Starfighter sells for between $70 to $250 on eBay.
Price: $200 to $350
The largest vehicle in Hasbro’s Episode 1 range, this ship is so big they had to add “/Playset” to its name. Over three feet wide, The Naboo Royal Starship is massive compared to other Star Wars toys and is overflowing with play features.
Despite not having the mirror finish as depicted in The Phantom Menace, the ship still looks stunning with incredible attention to detail. The electronic features include the hyperdrive “burn out” sound from the film and two panels that blast off (to simulate being fired on by the Vulture Droid included in the playset). The box also comes with a whopping 97 stickers for you to place around the ship to make it even more authentic to the movie.
Oh, and there’s even a hidden escape vessel hidden in the nose with its own proton torpedo launcher. Seriously, if we tried to describe everything in this playset, we wouldn’t have room for anything else!
This one’s becoming harder to find unopened, and we’re not surprised! NIB this toy/playset goes for around $200 to $350 on eBay.
Due to their unique status, prototype action figures are always the most valuable in any toy collection. One such figure is this unpainted and unmarked prototype of Qui-Gon Jinn.
Coming straight off the production line, this Jedi Master looks like he’s already halfway to becoming a force ghost. With his transparent plastic lightsaber in hand, prototype Qui-Gon is ready for his rematch with Darth Maul.
As of writing, there’s an eBay listing asking for $550 for this piece of Star Wars history.
Price: $400 to $500
Up until now, we’ve only talked about the Hasbro/Kenner Star Wars action figures, vehicles, and playsets. However, during the late 1990’s we saw the birth of Lego Star Wars, a phenomenon that’s remained an endless money-maker since its inception.
Riding the Episode 1 hype train, Lego created various play and construction sets based on locations and events in the film. Of course, one of these sets would depict the Mos Espa Pod Race, one of the movie’s most memorable and exciting sequences.
With a total of three podracers to build, this set has a great variety of unique parts you can’t find in any other Lego product. It also has a generous amount of minifigures included. Apart from the three racers (Anakin. Sebulba, and Gasgano), you also get Qui-Gon, Jar Jar Binks, Padme, R2-D2, and three pit droids.
Considered one of the greatest early Lego Star Wars sets, the Mos Espa Podrace has become quite the collectible. NIB this set can easily snatch $400 to $500.
Price: $300 to $500
Perhaps the most instantly recognizable ship design outside the Millenium Falcon, the X-Wing is the one craft every Star Wars fan has fantasized about flying (and possibly blowing stuff up with).
Recently honored in our list of the top 90s Lego Sets, 1999’s Lego X-Wing was devoured by Star Wars fans once it hit store shelves. As such, it’s become increasingly difficult to find this kit unopened.
Now one of the most valuable Star Wars toys from the 90s, a NIB Lego X-Wing attracts offers of between $300 to $500 on average.
Looking like he just crawled out of the Sarlacc Pit, this pre-production prototype Boba Fett was allegedly acquired from Hasbro’s R&D facility. Like the Qui-Gon Jinn prototype, he isn’t much to look at, but at least he comes with a few more weapons and gadgets.
One of the most interesting inclusions in this prototype are two small rocket thrusters on each of Boba Fett’s legs. He probably wishes he had those when Han Solo yeeted him off the skiff in Return of The Jedi.
Listed for $4000 on eBay (as of writing), we’ll see how much this blotchy bounty hunter manages to get away with.
The speeder bike chase is another one of those timeless Star Wars moments forever burned into our collective memories. Zooming past at incredible speeds, those California Redwoods had never seemed so deadly!
For a long time, the POTF range had been limited to one-sixth-scale action figures and playsets. This all changed in 2000 when Hasbro decided to release the Action Collection series of 12” scale figures and vehicles with an unprecedented level of quality. Of this collection, the Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper has become the most coveted by collectors.
Released as a TARGET exclusive, this toy sold out instantly, with many collectors leaving stores upset and empty-handed. Nowadays, the Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper can sell for up to $300 or more NIB.
By the early 2000s, Lego Group realized that Lego Star Wars was as much of a hit with older demographics as it was with kids. That’s when we started to see the first Ultimate Collector Lego sets emerge, promising an immense, challenging, and rewarding build for Star Wars fans.
2007’s 30th Anniversary Millenium Falcon would become the star of the Ultimate Collector series and is now worth more than $3000. However, the earlier Imperial Star Destroyer set has also become a highly sought-after collectible and is, as of writing, being auctioned for upwards of $1200 NIB.
Even though it might not be able to catch up to the Falcon, this kit is well-loved by Lego enthusiasts and die-hard Star Wars collectors.
Price: $50 to $150
What better way to end our list than with an action figure paying homage to George Lucas, the eccentric visionary who changed every nerd’s life forever? Jorg Sacul (a Tuckerization of George Lucas) is described as a fearless Rebel pilot who mentors younger squadron members and entertains them with “far-flung tales of distant galaxies.”
Created to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Star Wars, Commander Jorg Sacul comes equipped with a blaster pistol and a miniature X-Wing (actually just a Micro Machine) to pose with. Available exclusively at the Star Wars Celebration II in May 2002 for just $10, Commander Jorg Sacul’s aftermarket value has grown steadily over the last 20 years.
Most Jorg Sacul figures are priced around $50 to $150 on eBay, depending on condition. As of writing, there is also a unique variant with white goggles valued at $5000 on eBay (the only one known to exist).
Rocket-Firing Boba Fett is the rarest Star Wars action figure. Debuted at the New York Toy Fair in 1979, this Boba Fett features an abandoned rocket-firing play feature (due to fears of children choking on the small projectile).
Very few of these prototypes have survived in good condition. One mint-condition figure with a rare “J” shaped firing mechanism sold for a cool $204,435 in March this year, making it the most expensive Star Wars action figure of all time.
Generally, vintage Star Wars toys from the 70s and 80s are worth the most money (providing they are still sealed and in mint condition). However, plenty of more recent Star Wars toys from the 90s and early 2000s have a high aftermarket value. Newer toys with a limited quantity or unique quirks or errors can also be worth a lot of money to collectors.
The most expensive Star Wars collectible ever is the original R2D2 droid which sold for an eye-watering $2.76 million to an anonymous buyer in June 2017. Runners-up include an original X-Wing miniature from the filming of A New Hope ($2.3 million) and Darth Vader’s helmet from The Empire Strikes Back ($898,420).
Lee is curator of nostalgia and a long-time collector of loveable junk. An 80s baby, 90s kid, he knows he had it good when it came to Saturday morning cartoons. Spends his life trying to recapture the dopamine hit of playing Game Boy for the first time and believes Beanie Babies will make a fortuitous comeback. Obsessed with everything (and anything) retro, he is your trusted guide to a world of 90s toys, games and collectables.
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