Palitoy vinyl cape Jawa figure doubles record

A rare Palitoy vinyl caped Jawa figurine sold for a record £21,600 ($27,667) at toy specialist Vectis Auctions on May 25.

Palitoy Jawa figure

The vinyl cape Jawa figures were only produced for a short period 

It more than doubled both its estimate of £10,000 ($12,809) and the previous record for this particular type – set at £10,200 ($15,370) in 2013.

Vectis’ valuer Kathy Taylor explained to the BBC: "It came from somebody who used to work at Palitoy and they had it for many years in a cupboard.

"There's only about five or six known to exist."

Fittingly, the sale was held on the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - the first film in the franchise.

The record for a Star Wars figure is £26,000 ($34,000), set by a 1980 Boba Fett released in France by Meccano. 

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