Star Wars: Rogue One premiers in a little more than 100 days and true fans are already feeling a disturbance in the force. For some this means shining and polishing their Darth Vader helmet to a glossy black or putting the finishing touches on a Boba Fett costume in anticipation of opening night. Or maybe you’re arranging, and admiring your collection of original action figures in perfect condition and wondering “what’s missing?”
To fuel your Star Wars frenzy and get your imagination going here is a curated 5 item survey of the vast amount of Star Wars memorabilia out there for fans of all stripes.
- Rumph-California Originals for Paramount Pictures 1977 Mugs
You’ve shuffled to the kitchen in your Chewbacca slippers to make a pot of coffee and get ready to seize the day. Rather than settle for any old ceramic affair you can feel the force, of caffeine at least, flowing through you with an original 1977 Darth Vader or Obi Wan Kenobi mug.
Made by Rumph-California Originals in 1977, these mugs are easily found on ebay for $35-$150 and strike a nice balance between original, authentic esoteric cool and functional, everyday use. Drink your coffee, black, from a Darth Vader mug and feel the power of the Dark Side.
- Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber
Maybe you’re not rolling in the dough right now but who knows, you could hit the American Powerball jackpot and be able to pick up one of the most famous weapons in the galaxy. The actual prop lightsaber that Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker used in Episode IV: A New Hope last sold at auction for $240,000, chump change to a lotto winner. Imagine owning an amazing piece of film history and the iconic weapon that best captures the seamless blend of sci-fi and fantasy that is Star Wars.
- Yak Face
Sure, everyone knows the main characters at the center of George Lucas’s epic space opera; Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo, etc. But if you’ve seen Star Wars more times than you can count, or care to admit, you probably know every single character that makes up the Star Wars universe. How about Saelt-Marae, dubbed “Yak Face” by the Kenner toy company? He’s on screen for a fraction of a second on Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and while he may not have had enough screen time to endear himself to fans he did earn his own short lived action figure that was sold in Europe and Canada only. If you’re ready to go seriously deep in your action figure collection, it’s possible to score one of these rarities for around $1000.
- Blue Snaggletooth
Snaggletooth, real name Zutton, is another obscure character from Star Wars but what makes this blue action figure so rare and collectible is the fact that it’s a mistake. The Kenner toy company only had a black and white photograph of Snaggletooth to work with and had to guess his color and proportions. When the movie came out the actual character was half as tall and dressed in red, making these first run mistakes a collector’s favorite. A blue Snaggletooth will go for about $500, a reasonable price considering how much Star Wars cred this guy packs.
X-Wing Motorcycle Helmet
You’re a fan, a real fan. You know all the characters, quotes, trivia, and you know that Han shot first. But pristine action figures stuck in their original packaging or kitschy R2D2 cell phone covers aren’t how you want to express your Jedi Master level fandom. Check out airgraffix.com’s custom airbrushed Star Wars themed motorcycle helmets, they’re highly detailed works of art that bring the excitement of the movies to life. Opening up the throttle of your motorcycle with this lid on your head will let everyone know that you have what it takes to mix it up with TIE fighters and take on the Empire.