Collectors and auction houses immediately perked up their ears upon Tuesday’s announcements that Disney is buying Lucasfilm and a new Star Wars movie is slated for 2015. Will the value of Star Wars items — and especially those hybrid pieces of Disneyland memorabilia advertising Star Wars – go up? Those devoted fans – Star Wars junkies who have clamored after all things Jedi such as figurines, posters, costumes, and yes, lightsabers — voiced their support and skepticism to EW.
“The buzz among both fans and collectors appears pretty unanimous: Excitement! I think a lot of collectors see the acquisition as assurance that the Star Wars property will live a long, healthy life in Disney’s hands, which by extension will keep the rarer and more sought-after pieces in their collections in demand,” said Pete Vilmur, a longtime collector, former senior editor at Lucas Online and co-author of the books The Star Wars Poster Book, Star Wars: The Complete Vader, and The Star Wars Vault: Thirty Years of Treasures from the Lucasfilm Archives. “With Star Wars likely to be experienced at the theme park level, and with new films on deck, there will be a constant stream of new fans and collectors entering the market as soon as nostalgia, and some disposable income, set in. So yeah, there’s a lot to be optimistic about if you’re a Star Wars fan and/or collector!”
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