If there's one thing we were ever jealous of Rick Springfield for, it's his tremendous collection of rare and limited Star Wars toys. What can we say, the man has tremendous taste in collectibles. Most of us can only dream of being able to gather such an impressive array of iconic Kenner pieces like those, as carded originals of the 1978 toy line are rather hard to come by these days. Never mind trying to catch something rare and unreleased in the wild. No, items like that only happen to fall to new collectors in the event of a massive auction or Ocean's 8-style heist.
Good for all of us, then, that we won't have to worry about putting together a team of specialized thieves to get our hands on some absolute Star Wars stunners, as a huge number of priceless items are up for auction right now.
Both Neat Stuff Collectibles and Sparkle City Comics are offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any number of Star Wars fans with a little bit of extra income or a tax refund headed their way. Okay, or maybe a lot of extra income. Some of the elusive items haven't been seen outside of the original collectors' homes in years, and with that comes a price tag that would cause even the biggest spender at Canto Bight to bristle.
For instance, this 1:18 scale replica of Jabba's sail barge, the Khettana. Yes, there is one being crowdfunded by Hasbro right now for "just" $499.99, but why invest in something so many others are getting when you could drop thousands on this one-of-a-kind Khettana from more than 20 years ago? Though there were supposed to be more made, just crafting one was so expensive it proved to be fruitless to make any more.
If you're working with a budget that's a bit more moderate, there are still plenty of things that might catch your eye and wallet. Perhaps this unreleased prototype of Kenner's Yavin Hangar/Rebel Technician might be more your speed. We all remember that guy who watches the ships land from that big crow's nest on Yavin's fourth moon, but somehow he never got his due in action figure form in Kenner's original lines. That's rather shocking considering how many side characters did make the cut. He's even got a ladder to hook up to an X-wing or Y-wing fighter from that toy line, if you managed to hang onto yours all these years later.
Some other unreleased prototypes might look nice with that Khettana, if you really wanted to splurge. The Power of the Force line may have garnered a mixed reception from fans when it was released starting in the mid-'90s, but that doesn't mean rarer figures from the line don't draw any attention. This unproduced Han Solo/Klattu/Barada/Nikito four-pack is just one of the many POTF sets that never made it past the prototype stage. Regardless of how you felt toward Hasbro's buffer body molds, this is a rather cool set for Return of the Jedi fans who really love the sail barge segment.
The great, elusive items don't end there, and you should be able to find some items that suit your personal taste if you look hard enough. If the price stays right on a few like this Obi-Wan/Darth Maul duel set, this POTF Mynock Hunt Leia prototype, or even this Luke and Tauntaun autographed photo, we might have to get involved ourselves.
New items are being added every day up to April 7, so be sure to check back for more rare items as the auction continues. Perhaps you'll get lucky and snipe something you've been eyeing for the past 40 years.