Dear Lifehacker, with everyone going ga-ga for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I'm thinking now is probably the best time to sell off my old Star Wars junk. I have around 100 figures and a few vehicles in my collection. A few of the toys date back to the original Kenner line, although most are from the Prequel era (no Jar Jar, thankfully!) I was wondering what the best way to sell them would be? Should I stick the lot on eBay, sell them individually or approach a reseller? Also, any idea how much money I should be looking at? May the Force be with you! Sith Dad
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Without knowing any of the specific toys you own, it's impossible for me to guess how much your collection is worth. Prices for individual Star Wars figures can range from starting bids of $18,000 to a few bucks if the buyer is feeling generous.
Regardless of how rare your figures are, there are a few factors that can drastically alter their value. Start off by asking yourself the following questions:
1. Is it boxed? 2. Is it in mint condition?
If the answer to both of these questions is no, the toy probably isn't worth anything. Toy collectors are highly discerning customers who are only interested in the best. (This can get ridiculous, with some buyers stipulating that the little hole on the box can't be punched out.)
There are a few exceptions to this rule — the fabled Rocket-Firing Boba Fett will net you thousands of dollars even if it's tatty — but for the most part, they need to look brand new and preferably still be enclosed in the blister pack.
If you failed to keep your toys in mint condition, I feel your pain. When I was a kid, my parents and grandparents both bought me the same Mos Eisley Cantina play set by accident. Like an idiot, despite having duplicates, I decided to open them both. It turns out that the Mos Eisley Cantina play set is one of the most valuable on the collectors' market — but only when boxed. To quote a certain whiny Sith Lord: "Nooooooooo!"
If your figures are still in decent nick, search around online to see what they regularly go for. If you have any rare items in your collection, my advice is to sell these separately — a collector is less likely to spend big money if he also has to buy a bunch of crap he doesn't want and pay shipping on large parcels.
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