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Rare boxed Star Wars toys to bring buyers out in ‘Force’ at Cuttlestones’ auction

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A number of boxed, vintage Star Wars toys hailing from a single collection are set to go under the hammer in Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms Specialist Collectors’ Sale on Friday 12th February.


Following the recent release of the seventh film in the long-running series, Star Wars is as popular as ever, with related merchandise having stuffed the stockings of many fans this Christmas. However, as far as seasoned collectors are concerned, the most prized items from the epic Sci-Fi franchise date from the period of the original trilogy’s release in the 1970s and 80s.


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Indeed, contained within the collection for sale are a number of figures and vehicles dating back to the time when the second and third films – The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi – first arrived on the big screen. Some of the rare examples on offer include the notorious Boba Fetts’s ‘Slave 1’ spaceship, a Tie Interceptor fighter, a Rebel Transport spaceship, a Tauntaun and Hoth Wanipa, a Rancour Monster (a replica of the beast that attacked Luke in Jabba’s palace), an X-Wing fighter, a Speeder Bike, an Ewok Combat Glider, and many more besides.


As with purchasing any antique or collectable, however, condition plays a significant role, and a major distinguishing feature of the collection in question is that many of the toys come boxed within their original packaging, as Saleroom Manager at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, Richard Forrester, explains:


First seeing this collection instantly took me back to my childhood when I used to spend hours acting out the famous battles of the Star Wars movies with my brothers. However, it is rare to see a collection so fantastically maintained when many children’s toys of this age have been lost or broken. The majority even come with their original box, which are highly prized by serious collectors and we expect the collection to reach four figures.


“As well as the Star Wars toys, we also have a number of retro figures and memorabilia relating to other classic titles up for sale including, He-Man, Ghostbusters, James Bond, Action Man, as well as various diecast vehicles and model railway. It is a must-see for any toy enthusiast and I expect lots of interest from buyers on the day.”


The Cuttlestones Specialist Collectors’ Sale will take place at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms on Friday 12th February from 10am. Viewing will be held from 10am – 7pm Thursday 11th February, and from 9am onwards on the day of the sale. The catalogue will be available online via the website from Friday 5th February. For those unable to attend on the day of the sale, telephone, commission and live internet bidding options are available. For further information please call 01902 421985.



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