Are you looking for the ultimate Christmas gift for a Star Wars superfan? Do you have several thousand dollars? Then it's time for you to check out this HUGE auction of nearly 2,000 Star Wars action figures. The price is high, but the collection is unprecedented, and the proceeds go to a Star Wars museum.
The figures, donated by former Industrial Light & Magic model maker Fon Davis, are being auctioned by Rancho Obi-Wan, a nonprofit with the mission of spreading Star Wars love.
"Rancho Obi-Wan is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose specific purpose is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts, using this collection to provide meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural experiences for a wide array of audiences and to carry on other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal."
Rancho Obi-Wan believes the collection to be the most complete ever assembled, and according to the new book Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection, it represents about 85 percent of all the Star Wars action figures out there.
"This incredible collection of nearly every Star Wars action figure ever produced is the largest group of figures I've seen offered in a single lot," said Star Wars collectibles expert Pete Vilmur. "Based on the sharp condition and completeness of this collection (100% of the 1978-85 series is here, and nearly every subsequent figure produced to early 2011), I'd appraise this set at a minimum $8,200 to $8,500. There is minor wear on some of the vintage figures (as is typical around the edges of the feet) while all modern figures appear fresh off the card. All vintage accessories are accounted for unless otherwise indicated and are believed to be authentic."
The figures are all loose (with accessories, stands and such), but they've been preserved in glass display cases ever since they were purchased, and perhaps most importantly to purists, they include every action figure produced in conjunction with the original trilogy (according to Vilmur). And as if that weren't enough, the collection includes more than 400 figures sold exclusively in conjunction with conventions and other special events.
The current bid for the collection (as of 11:44 a.m. EST on Nov. 30, anyway) is $5,500. That's a lot of dough, but you've got until Dec. 9 to scrape together enough cash to try and buy these bad boys. For a complete listing of the figures included, and more information on the condition of the toys, head over to the auction listing.
What do you think? Would you drop eight grand or more to get this much Star Wars goodness?