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Rare Star Wars action figure expected to make a mint

The coveted vinyl-caped Jawa appears at auction

An incredibly rare, mint-condition 'Star Wars' action figure has been spotted at auction… and it's expected to make a mint for its lucky owners.

One of the rarest 'Star Wars' figures you can find, this British-made vinyl-caped Jawa is up at auction in October… and experts believe it could fetch a rather hefty £12000 when it goes under the hammer. Not bad for an old, plastic toy.

The Jawas are known amongst 'Star Wars' fans as a group of hooded creatures who buy and sell droids… and it's because of them that R2-D2 and C-3PO end up in Luke Skywalker's possession. But what makes this rare, collectible toy quite so special?

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Sadly, it's not just any vintage Jawa that's worth this kind of money. This particular figure was produced in Leicester by Palitoy in 1978 and features a vinyl cape which was replaced in later production runs with a cloth version. Packaged and mounted on an un-punched card, this makes the figure one of only two in existence… which is why it commands such an extraordinarily high price.

"This is one of the rarest Star Wars figures that has ever been sold," said auctioneer Kathy Taylor of Vectis Auctions. "It is the Holy Grail for Star Wars memorabilia collectors."

The only other example of this particular figure was sold on eBay in June for £11,300… and until this point, it was even rumoured that the figure didn't exist at all.

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"Until the other figure, which was authenticated by the US-based Action Figure Authority, came on the market, people didn't think the Palitoy-made Jawas with the vinyl capes even existed, so there was a lot of excitement when that was sold."

Of course, you have to be sceptical when it comes to collectibles… especially in the case of vinyl-caped Jawas which are often faked. But it seems that this extremely rare Palitoy figure is in fact the real deal… and could fetch a handsome price at auction.

But prolific 'Star Wars' collector and all-round nice guy Steve Sansweet recommends that you don't start collecting to make a profit. "What I always say to people starting out is, collect what you love. I mean, in my case it's a little weird because I love everything… but collect what you love."

"Don't collect because you think you're going to make a fortune," he said. "Because I can practically guarantee that you are not. Collect by the character that you love or the movie that you love or the scenes that you love... and put together your own kind of collection."

We just wish we'd kept our vintage 'Star Wars' figures in their original boxes.

Did you have any of these toys as a child? Would you pay £12000 for a 'Star Wars' action figure? Let us know in the comments below…

Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.

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