Vinyl Cape Jawa
Vinyl Cape Jawa is a Star Wars action figure manufactured by Kenner in 1978. The figure
When the original Jawa action figures were introduced into shops, they came with a thin vinyl cape. However, with the second wave Jawa figures, the vinyl capes were replaced with sewn cloth robes.
It is believed that the reason Kenner replaced the vinyl cape with the cloth robes was to make customers feel that they were getting their money’s worth. Jawa was the smallest figure in the line but cost the same as the other figures. After only six months on the shelves, Kenner replaced the vinyl cape with cloth robes to make it look less cheap.
The vinyl cape version of the figure is so rare that most areas of the United States only received the cloth cape variety.
Due to the high value of these figures, many loose fake vinyl cape Jawa figures have circulated on the collector’s market. For example, some Jawa figures have been found wearing the vinyl cape from a Ben Kenobi figure.
The rarest issue of this figure is the Canadian 12-back issued by Kenner Canada which features bilingual text on the front and back of the packaging.
It is thought that a vinyl cape Jawa figure is worth up to $1000 loose and $2000 boxed.
In 2013, a carded vinyl-cape Jawa from British toy company Palitoy sold on eBay for £11,300. In October 2013, another example was sold by Vectis Auctions for £10,600. Prior to the sales, many collectors doubted the existence of such figures and there are currently just six known examples.
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