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Retro toy shop selling rare Star Wars figures

A retro toy shop in Sheldon is selling rare Star Wars characters Photo: BPM Media

A retro toy shop in Sheldon is selling rare Star Wars characters that despite being only inches high, can carry big price tags.

A complete carded set, a set that's boxed, recently sold for $8,000 at a US auction.

Launched by Hasbro in 1977 to commemorate the first Star Wars blockbuster, the figurines are incredibly rare.

But Entertainment World boss Rob Hadley has managed to gain a cache of the figurines, although none are carded.

49-year-old Rob Hadley from Solihull admits that finding retro toys is proving increasingly difficult Credit: BPM Media

Being unboxed means the figurines carry a much more modest price tag, selling at between £30 and £100 each.

However, that price tag may rocket as fans are finding it harder to get their hands on a slice of sci-fi memorabilia.

The seasonal rush has turned into a stampede due to this Thursday’s release of the latest Star Wars epic, 'The Force Awakens'.

But the 49-year-old father-of-five from Solihull admits that finding retro toys is proving increasingly difficult as more and more people become collectors.

You’ve got to adapt when looking for things, at the moment, I’m at a recycling centre.

We have become a ‘hunt it down’ nation.

People think there’s a bit of money to be made from these items and hold on to them, but It’s a self-perpetuating myth.

In the 1970s, no one thought about the boxes, it wasn’t something that mattered and they were just thrown away.

Now, they keep the boxes because they think the toys will become valuable.

– Rob Hadley, Entertainment World boss
Rob, who has run the business for 11 years, says it’s hard to keep up with demand for Star Wars spin-off toys. Credit: BPM Media

Rob, who has run the business for 11 years, says it’s hard to keep up with demand for Star Wars spin-off toys.

Nevertheless, walk through the door and you walk into a Wookie Wonderland.

There’s one must-have item missing from shelves, however – an original 1977 Millennium Falcon.

Unboxed, they are going for £200.

Get hold of a carded Falcon and you can almost name your price.

I haven’t seen one for some time, they’re going for a lot of money.

People come in and get pleasure from the shop - it's like they're in a little museum.

They walk around in a dream and it’s my job to try to get a few quid out of them while they’re in that trance state.

In all honesty, I’m only interested in the toys that interest me. The ‘tin toy’ days don’t interest me, but what we’ve got is an eclectic mix.

The toys you get nowadays, you don’t have to interact with them because they do everything for you.

There was more interaction back then and a lot more imagination was required.

– Rob Hadley, Entertainment World boss
The unboxed figurines carry a much more modest price tag Credit: BPM Media

Raleigh Choppers, the “must have” bicycles of the 1970s, are also proving very popular.

Rob said he would retire if he could get his hand on a thousand of them, as they fetch at about £500 a time.

The seasonal rush has turned into a stampede, thanks to this Thursday’s release of the latest Star Wars epic, The Force Awakens.

That’s the kind of sky-high price that could see the iconic cycles peddled on the Black Market.