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Star Wars figures' 10,000 sale
Plastic toy of Princess Leia
The Princess Leia figure was bought for just under 600
A pensioner who bought 20 plastic Star Wars figures for 49p more than 25 years ago has sold them for just over 10,000.

The Flintshire grandmother, who has asked to remain anonymous, picked up the five-inch-tall figures in 1977 when she worked in a newsagents.

She bought one complete set for her grandson to play with but kept a second set back in case any of the figures became lost, hiding the toys away in a cupboard where they remained for more than 25 years.

The recent revival in all things Star Wars, prompted her to contact an auction house specialising in toys.

It was the first time the Vectis auction house had had a complete set of figures in perfect condition and in their original packaging.

They attracted telephone and internet bids from across the world.

It is fantastic that they came from someone who just put them aside with no expectations
Andy Reed, Vectis auctions

" When the film came out nobody thought of collecting the figures," said Andy Reed," the Vectis Star Wars expert.

"Children played with them and then they were thrown away. It was only after the second and third films that people realised that a cult was developing and started to collect the items."

The figures included Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca which sold for 1,162 each and Princess Leia fetched just under 600.

"I spoke to the lady this morning and she was absolutely over the moon," Mr Reed added.

"Based on previous sales we told her to expect around 2,000 so she was obviously delighted to get more than 10,000.

"We have never heard of a complete set of figures in original packaging being offered for sale before.

"It is fantastic that they came from someone who just put them aside with no expectations," he added.

Tens of thousands of Star Wars figures were sold in the 1970s and 80s during the film's height of popularity.

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