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£36,000, or 24 thousand times more than the £1.50 a Bib Fortuna action figure would have cost back in 1983, the year it was released, which is a sobering thought. Of course, this is a prototype so would have never made it anywhere near a retail shelf but nevertheless, £36,000 is a dizzying amount for such a rarity, and Jabba the Hutt’s major domo wasn’t alone as a Logray prototype fetched £12,000 and an Emperor’s Royal Guard a hefty £28,800.

The 1980s master model of Bib Fortuna, a male Twi’lek who lived on Tatooine, had an estimate of £12,000.

It sold at Thornaby-based Vectis Auctions along with prototypes of an ewok called Logray which fetched £12,000, and an Emperor’s royal guard which reached £28,800.

Auctioneer Kathy Taylor said the three “relatively unknown” characters had “beaten all expectations”.

They had been made in America by Kenner for the production of the toys in Europe by Palitoy , which was based in Coalville, Leicestershire.