April 30, 2016 – If you hurry, a very rare vintage 1977 Luke Skywalker figure with double-telescoping lightsaber can be all yours – if you have gobs of cash and win the Ebay auction.
Some History About Vintage Luke
The double-telescoping (DT) Luke, especially in close-to-mint condition, is rare because Luke first appeared in the very earliest years of Star Wars collecting. A vintage DT saber is hard to find and can be recognized by the much longer tip of the saber – the tip almost reaches the surface when pointed downwards.
Because these were meant to be played with, the very thin tips often ended up slightly damaged and bent or, worse yet, broke off altogether. Furthermore, for whatever reason (cost-cutting? better durability of the saber tip?), Kenner stopped issuing the DT saber and replaced it with the simpler single telescope lightsaber.
Kenner first released DT lightsabers for the very first figures of Luke, Ben Kenobi, and Darth Vader, the only three figures to have DT sabers. Interestingly, DT Luke is the least rare of the three figures, but still commands very high auction prices. You could find Luke in the Early Bird sets (back of the leg is date-stamped “1977 Hong Kong”), which arrived in consumers’ hands in 1978.
Among all vintage figures, Luke Skywalker has one of the most variations to collect. Beyond the difference between a DT versus a non-DT saber (the latter is far more common and therefore much cheaper to acquire), Luke has major variations in his hair color.
Vintage Luke was produced with either blonde or brown hair. If you look even closer, you will find that some Lukes have dark brown hair; others are lemony blond; and there’s even an orange-hair Luke.
If that’s not enough to keep you busy, consider his trousers: Sometimes they are dark brown, other times a cream color. Chalk up the differences to inconsistent quality-control when different batches of Lukes were produced.
By the way, double-telescoping lightsaber Ben Kenobi and Vader are among the rarest of all loose Star Wars figures. Good luck finding them in mint or near-mint condition.
Curious to see the double-telescoping lightsaber in action? Watch the video below beginning around 00:54. The sale price for this YouTuber’s vintage Luke was around $350 in early 2012. Notice the bent tip of the saber.
Back to the Auction
The current Ebay auction, listed HERE, describes this rare find as follows:
“DT SABER IS DEAD MINT !! 100%COMPLETE !! 100%AUTHENTIC !! Good luck on finding another like it ! This is the real deal !! 100% Original 1977! Both filament & shaft are MINT 100% Complete !! No fake or reproduction anything ! Clean & tight! Vintage 1977 3-Line Luke Skywalker w/DT Saber with rare ‘dot/dimple’ hilt ! This is 110% Original 1977! inner saber/filament is complete! * fig has very minor paint scuffs exactly as see in pictures… nothing to bad. still looks outstanding and better than 99.9% of what’s out there! If you have any concerns regarding condition be sure to ask questions before placing a bid. You will receive the exact item(s) pictured. again no partial refunds ! Thank you”
Four photos from the Ebay lister:
We love how the starting bid was only $00.01 (one cent!). As of publishing time of this article, the current bid is $655.00 out of 23 bid attempts from 12 bidders.
Of course the final winning bid will be higher because you’re gonna bid and win, right? But hurry. The Ebay auction ends Sunday, 1 May 2016, at 9:00 PM EST.
The winning bid was $1,226.00 out of 26 bids from 15 bidders.