Star Wars Action Figure “Holy Grail” Found at Traders Village Houston
Traders Village Houston is the Gulf Coast’s largest flea market. Every weekend, 52 weekends a year, dealers come from all over the area to sell their goods. “You never know what you can find” is something said often. But one Jersey Village resident could have never predicted what he would find.
Jesse Carrillo came to the market on Saturday, just another Saturday. A full time student at Lonestar College in Cypress, Jesse is a nine year veteran of Traders Village, selling vintage and collectible toys at his store within the market. He had not opened up yet. Just walking the market checking the garage sale items to see what he could find.
One garage sale dealer he found, had a number of vintage Star Wars toys, from 1977 and 1978. He searched through the table. “Just because it’s old and Star Wars, doesn’t mean it’s valuable” says Carrillo. “Then I found something. This was particular, taller than the other toys. So I bought it for 50 cents.”
He then proceeded back to his store to see what he had. “I just looked it up online.” What he found was a toy created in the concept stage of the movie. A “Blue Snaggletooth” toy made from the drawings. The toy was release very limitedly at the movie launch in 1977 and only could be obtained in a promotional package.
“It’s one of the rarest Star Wars toys you can find. It’s not a major character, so it was easily thrown away.” Jesse ended up selling the toy for $200. “A nice return on my 50 cents.”