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Playsets top ‘Star Wars’ collectibles

These are two original “Star Wars” playsets that often had parts lost over the years.
These are two original “Star Wars” playsets that often had parts lost over the years. Rick Bentley/The Fresno Bee

One of the most frustrating things about searching for old “Star Wars” toys is how hard it is to find complete playsets.

In recent years, it has been the practice to buy a toy and never open the packaging. That keeps all the little pieces from being lost. But, when the first “Star Wars” movies came out, the majority of the toys were opened and played with by the owner.

Most of the time, they didn’t even keep the boxes.

That’s why if you go to an online site to buy an original toy like the 1979 Kenner “Star Wars Droid Factory,” it’s going to cost you big bucks. A recent one with all the pieces and instructions sold for almost $200.

Even a single tiny droid part can coast you $5.

That’s why the sets from the original film releases with all the parts are worth more money these days than those from recent movies where so many people stored the toy away. Finding sets with all the pieces from recent toys hasn’t be that tough.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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