YORK, Pa. – Hake’s Auctions of York, Pa., has confirmed that a rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure that sold for $112,926 in their July 11 online event set a new world auction record for a Star Wars toy. Also, it now goes on record as the first Star Wars toy to break the six-figure barrier.
The special prototype, which was intended to be part of Kenner’s licensed toy line for The Empire Strikes Back, was displayed at the 1979 Toy Fair in New York City but never made it into mass production. While some speculate that the toy was pulled from the production line after being deemed a possible safety hazard for children, many Star Wars scholars have concluded that it was more than likely due to a production issue with the rocket-firing mechanism. Either way, the Boba Fett prototype went on to become one of the rarest of all Star Wars toys and is highly coveted in the collecting world.
The price paid for the prototype exceeds the previous auction record for a Star Wars toy – also held by Hake’s – by more than $26,000.
A full postsale report about Hake’s July 10-11, 2019 auction will follow on Auction Central News.
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