Rare LEGO Star Wars Minifigures all have their own intriguing quirks and backstories. What makes them so rare and where can you find them? Some figures come from classic LEGO Star Wars sets. Other figures originate from a particular event. Other still come randomly hidden inside LEGO sets in a particular year. Let’s explore 12 of the rarest and most expensive LEGO Star Wars minifigures that you can buy. Value estimates come from BrickLink catalogue sales data for new items from the last 6 months.
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12. LEGO Clone Shadow ARF Trooper Minifigure
Set Origin: LEGO Shadow ARF Trooper polybag
Estimated Value (2023): $258
LEGO offered the stealthy, Clone Shadow ARF Trooper Minifigure as a promotional freebie in celebration of Star Wars Day in May 2011. Only shoppers purchasing from the LEGO Shop at Home website on May 3 and May 4 could qualify for the exclusive freebie. Shoppers needed to spend $75 or more to qualify for the item.
11. LEGO Boba Fett Minifigure (White Version)
Set Origin: LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Polybag
Estimated Value (2023): $260
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The white Boba Fett minifigure takes inspiration from Ralph McQuarrie concept art of a white armor-clad bounty hunter. The initial 2010 release of the figure coincides with 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Although the white Boba Fett minifigure is most known as a 2010 Toy Fair promotional polybag item, the set was also available at a Canada toy fair, with purchase of the 88097 Slave I set (Sweden only) and with a purchase from Smyths Toys (UK and Ireland only). Additionally, builders of the large Star Wars Celebration V LEGO mural received the polybag, too.
10. LEGO Darth Vader Minifigure (Chrome Version)
Set Origin: LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader 10 Year Anniversary Promotional Minifigure polybag
Estimated Value (2023): $387
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LEGO launched the Darth Vader minifigure (Chrome) as a polybag in 2009, celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars subtheme. The toy company randomly inserted the polybag in some 2009 LEGO Star Wars sets in the United States and Europe. LEGO also gave away the polybag in person in some LEGO stores. Finally, LEGO gave Toy Fair 2009 VIPs a limited edition bundle of the Darth Vader (Chrome) polybag along with an exclusive display case.
9. LEGO Luke Skywalker Minifigure (Cloud City Tan Jumpsuit Version)
Set Origin: LEGO Star Wars Cloud City 10123
Estimated Value (2023): $400
Released in 2003, this is the first ever tan jumpsuit variant of the Luke Skywalker and the figure comes with printed legs (rather than plain ones). The figure comes from the fan favorite set Star Wars LEGO Cloud City 10123. The Luke Skywalker (Cloud City) minifigure is exclusive to the set.
Cloud City continues to be a beloved classic Star Wars LEGO set among fans. The set features lots of small vignettes empowering builders to recreate (or re-imagine!) several of the most memorable scenes from Empire Strikes Back including the infamous “I am your father!” scene.
8. LEGO Star Wars Jango Fett Minifigure (Balaclava Head Version)
Set Origin: LEGO Star Wars Jango Fett’s Slave I 7154
Estimated Value (2023): $398
This is LEGO’s first ever Jango Fett minifigure. The figure uses dual sided head, of sorts. When Jango is not wearing his helmet and rocket pack, show his face with headset and balaclava. When he’s suited up with his pearl light gray helmet and rocket pack, turn the solid-black rear side of his head outward to show through the helmet. This Jango Fett minifigure is unique to the Jango Fett’s Slave I 7154. Although the young Boba Fett minifigure is also a set exclusive, armor-clad “Dad” Jango is worth around $400 while “Son” Boba is worth around $35.
7. LEGO Princess Leia Minifigure (Smooth Hair Variant)
Set Origin: LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV 10198
Estimated Value (2023): $407
This Princess Leia smooth hair minifigure variant came with the LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV 10198 set in 2009. Although some of the Tantive IV sets came with standard textured hair for Leia, other sets came with this factory error smooth hair version of the iconic “cinnamon buns” hairdo. The factory error hair makes the figure, valued at around $400, rare and sought after by collectors. That’s one expensive hairdo. By comparison, the standard textured hair version of the Leia figure is currently only worth about $12.
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6. LEGO Lando Calrissian Minifigure (Cloud City Version)
Set Origin: LEGO Star Wars Cloud City 10123
Estimated Value (2023): $450
Launched in 2003, this is LEGO’s first ever Lando Calrissian minifigure and also the first ever black character made by LEGO. Although Lando is the first black character made by LEGO, the toy company also released other black minifigures the same year based on the likenesses of popular NBA players of the time period.
The Lando figure, which features one of Calrissian’s most memorable outfits complete with a cape, comes in fan-favorite classic LEGO set Cloud City 10123. The reversible cape features a yellowish side and a bluish side. The Lando Calrissian minifigure (Cloud City version) is exclusive to the Cloud City set.
5. LEGO Yuletide Squadron Pilot Minifigure
Set Origin: Christmas X-Wing 4002019 (2019 LEGO Employee Gift)
Estimated Value (2023): $487
This quirky, Yuletide Squadron Pilot minifigure answers the question, “What if Santa Claus wore a flight suit and flew a candy-cane adorned X-Wing?” The rare holiday-themed Star Wars minifigure comes in the set Christmas X-Wing 4002019, a special set given to LEGO employees in December 2019 as a gift. The exclusive set celebrates the 20th anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars subtheme. Yuletide Squadron Pilot minifigure is unique to this set.
The Yuletide Squadron Pilot minifigure wears an aviator helmet with a transparent red visor. The red flight suit style torso and legs are unique to minifigure and set. Interestingly, the figure’s head is not exclusive to the set and actually comes in several other sets as the head of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
4. LEGO Resistance Bomber Pilot – Finch Dallow Minifigure
Set Origin: Resistance Bomber 75188 (Finch Dallow Version)
Estimated Value (2023): $667
The Finch Dallow minifigure, a Resistance Bomber Pilot, is unique to set Resistance Bomber 75188. Why is he so rare? When LEGO first released the set in 2017, the set included a generic and unnamed pilot minifigure. At some point after the release of movie The Last Jedi (2017), the toy company discovered that the minifigure didn’t match the scene properly. LEGO quietly changed the set and released a new version with the Finch Dallow minifigure in place of the generic Resistance Bomber Pilot minifigure. Dallow even includes a screen accurate helmet pattern unique to the character.
It’s very rare for LEGO to change a set after it’s already in production, but this is an example of those rare exceptions! Now the Finch Dallow minifigure has become a sought after collector’s item.
3. LEGO Chrome Gold C-3PO Minifigure (Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition
Set Origin: Chrome Gold C-3PO Minifigure Polybag
Estimated Value (2023): $1800
In 2007, LEGO released the sought after limited edition Chrome Gold C-3PO Minifigure. The company randomly inserted 10,000 Chrome Gold C-3PO minifigure packs into select LEGO Star Wars sets that year. The figure’s shiny, chrome gold-plated finish is much more screen accurate than other C-3PO minifigure. LEGO generally avoids making chromed parts, however, since the finish tends to wear away over time.
Also in 2007, LEGO released a cousin to the Chrome Gold C-3PO Minifigure; a Solid 14K Gold C-3PO Minifigure. Only five solid gold C-3PO minifigures were ever produced. The only way you could get one of the figures was to enter and win a contest on LEGO.com in 2007. It’s challenging to even estimate the value of the solid gold C-3PO, but the figure is considered the rarest and most valuable minifigure of all time.
2. LEGO Boba Fett Minifigure (Cloud City Version)
Set Origin: LEGO Star Wars Cloud City 10123
Estimated Value (2023): $1920
The Cloud City Boba Fett minifigure isn’t the first ever Boba Fett minifigure, but you’d be hard pressed to find a more sought after version. The printed patterning on the arms and legs of the figure distinguish Cloud City Boba Fett from earlier versions of the character. Cloud City Boba Fett comes from LEGO Star Wars Cloud City 10123, a fan favorite classic Star Wars LEGO set. The figure is exclusive to the set.
1. LEGO Yoda with NY I Heart Torso (I Love New York Yoda)
Set Origin: None (Promotional Item)
Estimated Value (2023): $4000-$5000+
This minifigure shows Master Yoda “wearing” his own version of iconic New York City slogan shirt. Adapted to Yoda’s memorable reversed speech pattern, the stylized torso reads “NY I Heart”. Limited to 1000 minifigures, fans could snag the NY I Heart Yoda minifigure by visiting the legendary Times Square Toys R Us in New York City and purchasing the LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493 set. The promotion coincided with a unveiling of a massive, 5.3 million piece LEGO X-Wing Model in Times Square. The full-size X-Wing model is thought to be the largest LEGO model ever made.