Naboo Starfighter Toy Sales Jump After Boba Fett Mando’s Book

Fennec Shand smiles as she sits on a pipe.

Fennec Shand, after checking his eBay listings.
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star wars like two things above all: his own story and his metatextual history with the commodity. Sometimes these go together – and what’s old isn’t exactly new anymore, but suddenly there are more people who want it for more money.

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This week Boba Fett’s Book– actually a stealth episode of The Mandalorian– featured the return of Pedro Pascal’s bounty hunter, Din Djarin, catching up with the Mandalorian after the events of his own show’s season two finale. Along the way to claiming bounties and trying very badly to learn how to be both a long distance dad and the potential heir to the throne of his own adopted people, Din associated himself with mandalorian guest star Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) to replace his wrecked gunship, the razor’s crest, with a new ship.

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His new ship is much smaller and faster, as well as very familiar to star wars fans: the clean lines of the N-1 Naboo Starfighter, the combat vessel chosen by The Phantom Menace. One extensive later reconstruction montage, Din instead finds himself enjoying a stripped-down, paint-scraped version of the iconic ship, tweaked enough to look more than a little unique, but still immediately identifiable as Doug Chiang’s legendary starfighter design, at the time. prequel era fan delight worldwide. The reappearance of the fighter in the episode, with a fantastic little test flight sequence which in itself evoked phantom menaceThe centerpiece of podrace – had a rather special impact beyond prequel nostalgia, however: if you have 23-year-old light and sound version of the ship which was launched as part of The Phantom Menacethe toy online in May 1999, you could be sitting on a pretty penny.

In the last two days since Boba Fett’s BookHasbro’s latest episode has aired, eBay auctions for Hasbro’s classic Naboo Starfighter toy – or a similar toy released by the company in 2011 – have skyrocketed in value, whether listed following the airing of the episode or that they were one of the few floating around the resale site in the previous months. On average, these new listings, some of which call The Mandalorianexplicitly the new connection with the ship, not only in the name of the list but in some cases, bundling into one of Hasbro’s recent products 3.75 inch scale Din Djarin figures to boot – suddenly asking for hundreds of dollars, well over the $30 the ship sold for when brand new. Old ship listings before the episode even aired found their first low bids shoot in bidding frenzy, and some are even customizing the classic toy to look more like the streamlined iteration that appears in Boba Fett’s Book… and waiting quite the premium in turn.

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Given Disney and Lucasfilm’s tendency to lean towards the absurd when it comes to keeping secrets about star wars fans, it’s likely we won’t see Hasbro attempt to capitalizee on the sudden resurgence of interest in the Naboo fighter – and the possibility of creating a new one explicitly inspired by Din’s new car – with new products anytime soon. Sometimes that’s the nature of merchandising. The toymaker has just received aaround publishing figures in its Black sequence line for Fennec and Boba based on their mandalorian season two appearances, with Boba Fett book-specific version of the main character still not expected until later this year. The same thing happened when Grogu, then known as Baby Yoda, immediately exploded in popularity at the start of The Mandalorian, leading to a desperate scramble to get the products out as soon as possible.

But if star wars going to continue to be so deeply fascinated by his own past – and his desire to recontextualize the iconography of that past into the present of his most recent timelines – it stands to reason that what’s old becoming new again isn’t just going to apply to the narratives the show explores, but also to the toys it wants to sell you after the fact. If you didn’t grab them the first time a long, long time ago in a Toys”R” We not so far, It is.

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