“Star Wars” toys for the holidays are flying off the shelves with the latest release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this weekend. The toys are best sellers this holiday season after all the hoopla that has gone on for months before the new “Star Wars” release.
Back in the late 1970s the same type of hype around the original movie went on and the “Star Wars” toys became so popular that the manufacturers kept them coming by the droves, according to ITV News on December 17. What they did back then could potentially make some treasure hunter a very rich man today.
As with any fad, the 1970s “Star Wars” roller-coaster came to an end and somewhere in the early 1980s one manufacturer had an overabundant stock of “Star War” toys that were no longer selling. Rumors were circulating for years that the left over original “Star Wars” toys were dumped in a landfill, much like the Atari games that were found in a New Mexico landfill.
The former chief designer for the British toy company that manufactured the original “Star Wars” toys has recently confirmed that those rumors are in fact true. Bob Brechin said when the toys were left over from any batch that were no longer selling they went to Lount Pit, which is a recycling center on Nottingham Road, which is seen as Ashby Moto Park on the Google Maps of today, reports The Telegraph.
The “Star Wars” toys were dumped in a big pit on that property. He said that when they did this with toys, some of the local kids would come out and rummage through the toys. Since they weren’t very popular anymore, the kids were more into taking the stars off the packages. Back then 21 stars would get you a new Action Man, which was popular across the pond back then.
The stars came on the packages of the different toys and you would send away for the new Action Man once you’ve accumulated 21 of the labels. The kids going through that landfill most have had a field day with collecting the stars for the much popular action figures.
Now that it is confirmed that mounds of “Star Wars” original toys are in a landfill somewhere in the midlands, will the treasure hunters come out? With what the old “Star Wars” toys are fetching at auction today, there could be a fortune of toys in that landfill.
Will someone with a shovel unearth this small fortune or will they stay hidden in their hole forever? If they are dug up, will they be in shape and have a resale value? The Atari find in New Mexico had resale value of over $100,000 for just eight ET game cartridges.
Old “Star Wars” figures are extremely high-priced online today. The rare bounty hunter Boba Fett action figure fetched 18,000 pounds, which is $28,000 in U.S. dollars. It originally sold for 1.80 pounds, which is under $3.00 in U.S. dollars, according to the Bloomberg Report earlier this year.