Star Wars 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure Could Set Record at Auction

  • NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana
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  • May 26, 2022

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Star Wars 1978 “Double Telescoping” Luke Skywalker (AFA 90) figurine headlines the 2022 LCG Auctions Spring Premier Auction.

Estimated $100,000 sale price would make it the most valuable production action figure ever sold at auction

New Orleans – LCG Auctions—the first auction house exclusively for high-end vintage toys and pop-culture collectibles from the 1970s, 80s and 90s will be offering what is expected to be the most valuable production action figure ever sold at auction, as a Star Wars 1978 “Double Telescoping” Luke Skywalker (AFA 90) figurine headlines the 2022 LCG Auctions Spring Premier Auction. One of just two examples graded at this level, and the first to ever come to auction, experts expect it to easily surpass the record for a production action figure of $76,700 set in 2017 for a 1978 Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi with "Double Telescoping" Lightsaber (AFA 80). 

The 190-lot 2022 LCG Auctions Spring Premier Auction, opens for preview on May 25 and for bidding from May 27 through Sunday, June 12. The number of lots in some of the most popular categories include: GI Joe (64), Star Wars (35), Transformers (28), Factory Sealed Video Games & VHS Tapes (26), and He-Man & Masters of the Universe (12). To register to bid or check out the auction preview, visit LCGAuctions.com.

The Star Wars 1978 Luke Skywalker figurine was released on 12-back card and is the world’s most recognizable action figure, one with universal appeal, and the icon of the Star Wars toy line. Kenner initially equipped him with a lightsaber that offered a double telescoping feature. Quickly realizing this feature was too complex, too fragile, and too expensive to manufacture, they ceased production and revised the lightsaber into a simpler design. Very few carded figures with the original double telescoping feature survived in their original state. With “double telescoping” lightsaber, these early versions of the Luke Skywalker figure are extraordinarily rare on 12-back card, and they have long been considered a “holy grail” amongst collectors in any grade. This offering, graded AFA 90, is one of only two examples graded at this level, and the first to ever come up for public sale. There are none graded higher.

“We are excited to share all 190-lots of high-end vintage toys and pop-culture collectibles from the 1970s, 80s and 90s with our customers but especially honored to be chosen to bring the highest-graded Star Wars 1978 “Double Telescoping” Luke Skywalker (AFA 90) figurine to auction,” said Mark Montero, Founder of LCG Auctions. “This is one of those rare items that we’ve all heard about but never thought we’d get the chance to own.”

 


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