No it’s not Yak Face, it’s the Blue Snaggletooth. One summer, at a toy show, I saw 30 Yak Faces in a case for sale. That alone blew him away as a hard to find figure. The Blue Snaggletooth is harder to find. Originally, he was available through the Sears Christmas catalog (1978-1979) in the Cantina Adventure Set. However, the Blue Snaggletooth was not available in every box, thus making him even rarer. He was also a mail away exclusive with Sears and came with a Greedo figure as well. This two pack (in mint condition) alone would be worth finding for any toy collector.
There have been many since, but the original Alien figure from the 1979 film still reigns supreme. What makes this figure awesome is that the inner jaw has a trigger in the head which activates it. Kenner completely captured H.R. Giger’s design. It should also be noted that it was unheard of to have a rated R movie have any toy circa 1979. Hopefully with Prometheus coming out this summer, the figure will get a retro re-release.
The 2-foot-tall Godzilla is on my permanent must have list. Godzilla’s coolness factor hits several points but the biggest was his fist firing hand. There are very few toys that are quintessential for collectors and Godzilla is one of them. Godzilla is not too tough to find. It’s finding one completely in tact that makes him a Holy Grail for collectors.
The Raiders of the Lost Ark toy line by Kenner could not compare to its Star Wars brother. However, most -if not all- of these figures are highly sought after despite how small the line was. The granddaddy of the set is mail away Belloq. Here, Belloq is dressed in his ceremonial robes. Mail away figures are always rare and a complete mint condition one is even tougher to find.
At the San Diego Comic Con in 2008 there was an exclusive that buried them all. The Spirit of Grayskull had only 2 figures ever made. In actuality, he was just a King Grayskull created in clear blue plastic. One of these was raffled off to a lucky fan. The other went to a charity auction. This could make him one of the rarest figures ever released to public.
This Cobra Commander was the last mail-in figure produced with a straight arm (circa 1982). Yes, he was the last one produced before the swivel arm battle grip. Later in that very same year, he would be packaged with a Sears exclusive Cobra Missile Command Headquarters. What makes him so identifiable, besides the straight arm, is his different Cobra symbol. It is referred to as the Mickey Mouse head. To have a complete mint condition hat trick on this figure you also need his dark grey gun.