Star Wars prototype action figure sells for world-record price

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1979 Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure, J-slot, version 2, bears copyright stamps, AFA-graded 50 VG. Archivally encapsulated with Collectible Investment Brokerage (CIB) COA. Extremely rare and sought after. Sold for above-estimate price of $204,435, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

YORK, Pa. – Last night Hake’s in York, Pennsylvania, set a new world auction record with the sale of a Kenner Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure. The Version 2 J-slot prototype, made in in 1979, attracted 27 bids before closing at $204,435. It was won by an online bidder in California.

The previous auction record for a Star Wars prototype action figure was set in 2019 with Hake’s $185,850 sale of a Boba Fett prototype graded *AFA 85+ Near Mint. The grading is a significant detail to note, since the example sold last night was in AFA 50 Very Good condition but still topped the previous record by more than $18,500.

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Hake’s president, Alex Winter, commented: “This auction achieved $3.2 million and was our third straight Premier Auction to break the existing house record. The sale was led by the most coveted Star Wars figure of them all, a legendary Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype. The fact that it sold for so much more than the previously offered protoype, whose condition was graded much higher, shows the current strength of the vintage Star Wars toy market and just how fast it has risen over the last few years.”

A full postsale report will follow next week.


*AFA = Action Figure Authority