Excalibur Auctions unveils holy grail for Star Wars collectors

Toy and collectables auction specialist, Excalibur Auctions has unveiled a highly coveted Palitoy Star Wars Jawa figure with a rare Vinyl Cape on its original 12-pack card.

The piece will be presented at auction on 22 July at the Toys & Model Railways Collectors Sale with an estimate of £10,000-£15,000.

“This figure is one of the rarest carded Star Wars figures known to exist, with approximately 10-15 examples documented – the vinyl cape on the Jawa, was substituted with a cloth cape not long into production, and the UK Palitoy carded variation is even rarer than the USA Kenner version,” commented Jonathan Torode, Excalibur’s auctioneer. “It’s a privilege to handle such a piece of Star Wars toy history.”

The vendor, who served as the art director for Marvel UK between 1974 and 1979, received these figures as a gift from Palitoy during the promotion of the Star Wars line in Marvel’s comics.

Bidding is expected from Star Wars fans around the globe.

Other Star Wars figures in the sale from the same vendor include a Stormtrooper and a Sand People figure, both on similar 12-back Palitoy cards.

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