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Seize the Force With Kenner Star Wars Action Figures

The Star Wars film franchise includes at least 12 movies and is one of the most successful franchises in the history of film. From 1978 to 1985 when only the first few films had been released, toy company Kenner made action figures based on the original Star Wars trilogy characters. These Kenner Star Wars collectibles are among the most sought-after Star Wars memorabilia on eBay, both for their quality and their nostalgia.

What vintage Star Wars figures did Kenner make?

Over the time period during which Kenner made Star Wars action figures, more than 100 unique figures were released, including well-known characters like Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia as well as lesser-known characters like Bib Fortuna and Nien Nunb. Other characters represented in this vintage Star Wars figures set include:

  • Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2)
  • See-Threepio (C-3PO)
  • Chewbacca
  • Darth Vader
  • Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
  • Han Solo
  • Boba Fett
How many characters were in the first wave?

The first wave in the Star Wars Kenner collection was released in 1977 in two parts. The first four action figures distributed were Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and Luke Skywalker. By the time the vintage Star Wars action figures were available for purchase in stores, eight more characters were available:

  • See-Threepio (C-3PO)
  • Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
  • Darth Vader
  • Stormtrooper
  • Han Solo
  • Jawa
  • Death Squad Commander
  • Sand People
How do you find high-quality vintage Star Wars action figures?

If you're in the market for characters in the Kenner Star Wars action figures vintage collection, it's a good idea to review the photos provided with the listing carefully. Top-quality figures should be either still in the original packaging or like-new and undamaged. The packaging for the Kenner action figures came with card backs that can reliably be used to determine which release the figure was a part of. The original card backs feature only the first 12 figures.

What are the Kenner Star Wars action figures worth?

While the value of the Kenner Star Wars action figures varies widely based on the condition of the piece and the character it represents, some of the figures have sold for large amounts in the past. For example, during 2018, a Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi figure featuring the double telescoping lightsaber sold for $65,000. That same year, a Darth Vader figure, again with the double telescoping lightsaber, sold for $55,000.