Once a year, Star Wars crosses my mind and my limited knowledge of the characters comes from other pop culture references – namely, The Simpsons.
The Simpsons are always on the pulse with pop culture, and have even gone as far to convince viewers that they’re SO ahead of the curve, that they can predict the future, including Kobe Bryant’s untimely death.
Casting our memory back to an episode that originally aired in 1994, Lisa’s Revival where the main plot centres around a diorama competition at school, Ralph Wiggum sets up a lil table with Star Wars action figures, and so famously says ‘what’s a diorama?’
Upon some unnecessary research that absolutely nobody asked for, I decided to find out if those pre-packaged, limited edition Star Wars action figures, still in their display box, would be worth anything.
Paying close attention to the dialogue, Principal Skinner tells us these are limited edition Luke, Obi-Wan and Chewy. The artists’ depiction seems to be modelled off the Kenner collectors figurines.
This particular episode of The Simpsons was aired in 1994, so Ralph would be collecting figurines from the original trilogy from between 1977 and 1983.
An action figure selling guide claims that “dealed Star Wars action figures produced between 1977 and 1985 are worth between $100 and $200, but some are worth up to $1,000, $10,000 or more.”
What I have deduced from glancing at the picture of Ralph at his table of award-winning Star Wars action figures is that he very well might have two of the rarest beauts in front of him.
In July 2018, an Obi-Wan Kenobi figure sold for $76,000. If Ralph Obi-Wan had the rare Double-Telescoping Lightsaber from 1978, he could be ranking it in.
The other one I reckon Ralph has in his half-cut cardboard box could be Luke Skywalker, again with a Double-Telescoping Lightsaber, again from 1978 which can snatch up to $25,000.
All of this is violently good news for you, if you have any of these in your collection, but unfortunately terrible news for Ralph because, as we all know – at the end of the episode, Ralph bent his Wookie.
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