My wife and I had just arrived at Kings Island, when a window display near the Eiffel Tower caught my eye – tucked between an arrays of vintage toys, was the original Kenner Jedi Starfighter – complete with a mint condition Luke Skywalker and R2-D2. The ship was loose, but in great condition, no yellowing of the plastic or wear and tear.
I wasn’t familiar with the specialty store, which was tucked between a food spot and roller coaster souvenir shop. I was in heaven when I walked into “I Love the 80’s,” coming face-to-face with a treasure trove of franchise collectibles. The shop had figures from a dozen popular franchises, but what really caught my attention was the glass display case, found near the cash register.
The case was filled with high-end Star Wars collectibles, the majority of items from companies like Gentle Giant, Sideshow Collectibles, Art FX and more. A large portion of the items were also Boba Fett related, including a neon sign, the Kenner Boba Fett jumbo figure, a few statues and more.
This was the first time I’ve seen the Boba Fett jumbo figure in person, and it literally left me in awe. If you haven’t seen in firsthand, yet, the detail of the sculpt and packaging is spectacular – images on the Internet does not give it justice. I’ve wanted this item for a while now, but left empty handed. All the items were priced much higher than you’ll find, even on eBay.
If you are planning a trip to Kings Island this summer, here’s a list of the merchandise they have in stock and the correlating prices. Like I said, the theme park is selling these items with a huge markup, so you’ll have to decide if cost is worth purchasing it in-person – or if you’d rather go online to grab these items.