'Holy grail' for Star Wars collectors at Excalibur

06 July 2023
An original 1978 Palitoy Star Wars Jawa figure to go under the hammer

Exciting news has reached us from Excalibur Auctions! 

A highly coveted Palitoy Star Wars Jawa figure, with a rare vinyl cape and on its original 12-back card (SW-12A), will be coming up for auction soon. This extraordinary piece (lot 154) will be presented for auction on 22nd July 2023, at the next Toys & Model Railways Collectors Sale, with an estimate of £10,000 – £15,000. 

Jonathan Torode, Excalibur’s Auctioneer commented: “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. It’s a privilege to handle such a piece of Star Wars toy history.” 

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The 12-back card remains almost flat, exhibiting slight creasing in the corners due to careful storage, and remarkably retains the original punch tab in situ. The cards colours are immaculate, and the bubble has not suffered any yellowing, as the figure has never been displayed.

The figure also comes with a distinguished provenance. 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. The figure carries an excellent grading on a very good to excellent card, representing its exceptional condition.

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.

The catalogue for this sale will be published online on 9th July 2023. For more information about the auction, including registration and bidding details, visit the official Excalibur Auctions website at www.excaliburauctions.com.