For a company that started in 1998 licensing pop culture collectibles, Funko has come a long way in 25 years. Today, the company has grown by leaps and bounds and now has licenses to release toys across a number of big-name properties including Major League Baseball, Marvel Entertainment, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Star Wars to the tune of more than 8,300 figures and counting.
As Star Wars has been one of the most collectible toy sets over the past 40 years, it was inevitable that Funko would release a lineup of figures in support of the franchise.
The best Star Wars Funko Pop figures come from all over the galaxy and often from many different types of outlets, including Comic-Con or retailer-exclusive models. While the Jedi code might not like the idea of attachments, collecting these 15 best Star Wars Funkos and adding them to your collection is the best thing you can do. This is the way.
Here is the list of the 15 Best Star Wars Funko Pops.
- Most Collectible: Holographic Darth Maul
- Rarest: Luke Skywalker Final Battle
- Coolest: Lando Calrissian
- Best Retro Character: Ben Kenobi
- Best Holiday: Chewbacca
- Baddest Bad Guy: Emperor Palpatine
- Most Nostalgic: Boba Fett Droids
- Best Moment: Luke Skywalker With The Child
- Most Exclusive: Luke Skywalker and Han Solo Stormtroopers
- Most Iconic Villain: Holographic Darth Vader
- Best Droid: Smuggler’s Bounty R2-D2
- Best Trooper Group: 501st Clone Trooper
- Best Electronic Version: Darth Vader Electronic
- Best Movie Poster: Star Wars Movie Poster
- Best for Die-hard Fans: Biggs Darklighter
Holographic Darth Maul
Widely regarded as one of the most collectible Star Wars Funko Pop toys ever, this 2012 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive was revealed as a very limited edition.
Its scarce availability helps with its collectability, which has in turn increased the overall value to right around $5,000 and as high as $6,500 in cases where the box and figure are in excellent condition. Only 480 total pieces were handed out of Holographic Darth Maul, so that means that many are still in the hands of the lucky few who were able to grab one, dashing hope that the overall value will come down in the future.
Luke Skywalker Final Battle
Another Comic-Con exclusive, this 2019 San Diego Funko Pop handout was provided to a mere 80 attendees, making it among the rarest Star Wars Funko toys ever.
Valued at more than $5,000 as of April 2023, this Luke Skywalker figure is a look at the Jedi Master before his final battle against Kylo Ren. The gold casing helps differentiate this Luke Skywalker from his many other Funko Pop models, which ensures it will stand out not just on a collectible shelf but also in the hearts and minds of Star Wars fans everywhere. While Luke may not have been the chosen one, there are certainly no bad feelings about this Funko Pop design.
It’s not the most collectible nor is it the rarest, but my goodness, if the Lando Calrissian Hot Topic Star Wars Funko Pop isn’t cool.
Exuding Lando’s smooth smuggler style, you can almost hear his voice explaining his outfit choice with the giant red tie, only-Lando-can-pull-it-off cape, and shiny white boots. Of course, there’s a blaster strapped to his leg just in case the Empire or First Order wants to take another run at him as some deals get worse all the time. Unfortunately, you can no longer pick up the Lando Funko Pop in a store, but it’s available on Amazon for around $14.
Check out Lando Calrissian on Amazon.
Retro Ben Kenobi
The release of this retro series Ben Kenobi, the 572nd Star Wars Funko Pop to be released, is just plain cool.
Even before the release of Obi-Wan on Disney+, the character was one of the best-known Jedis ever to come out of the Star Wars universe. Seeing Ben Kenobi in a purple robe with purple shoes and a purple lightsaber is just downright awesome. While we thought purple was only reserved for another Jedi master, it’s okay to give this one to Ben Kenobi as he pulls off just as well as he takes the high ground.
Check out Retro Ben Kenobi on Amazon.
It’s Holiday Chewbacca, wrapped in Christmas lights, what’s not to love?
It’s fun, it’s seasonal, and it sort of reminds you of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special because of its tie to the holidays. Everyone’s favorite Wookie looks like he’s helping Han, Leia, and little Kylo get the tree ready for the season, though he may have taken on more decorating than he can handle. In the future, Chewie might want to stick to fixing the Millennium Falcon instead of tree decorating.
Check out Holiday Chewbacca on Amazon.
Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious and Chancellor Palpatine, looks imposing in his menacing dark robe, all while force lighting is emanating from his hands.
He’s the baddest bad guy in the Star Wars galaxy, but equally well-deserving of his very own Funko Pop. Having seen what the Emperor’s force lightning can do against some of the most powerful Jedi around whose skills are no match for the power of the dark side, there has to be a serious battle going down. Hopefully, the Jedi that the Emperor is battling can escape and live to fight another day.
Check out Emperor Palpatine on Amazon.
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- Emperor Palpatine
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Boba Fett Droids
There are a lot of Boba Fett Funko Pops flying around these days in the Star Wars universe, but none are as fun or as nostalgic as the Droids television edition.
First aired on television in 1985, Star Wars: Droids is set before Star Wars: A New Hope in the non-canon timeline but all of this is just superfluous info as the Funko Pops awesome style is the real highlight here. It’s a far cry from today’s more menacing appearances of Boba Fett, but this Comic-Con exclusive is floating around eBay starting at around $1,500 all the way up to $3,000.
Luke Skywalker With The Child
As soon as the world saw the idea that Baby Yoda/The Child/Grogu was training to become a Jedi with the famed Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker with Grogu was one of the best moments in Star Wars history.
Easily one of the most exciting scenes to take place in any Disney Star Wars series since the launch of the first episode of The Mandalorian on November 12, 2019. Memorializing this special moment with a Funko Pop was inevitable, and it’s available to buy off of Amazon right now. There’s just something special about knowing these two popular figures came together, if only for a short time.
Check out Luke Skywalker With The Child on Amazon.
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Luke Skywalker and Han Solo Stormtroopers
How can you say no to not one, but two exclusive Star Wars Funko Pop figures memorializing one of the best scenes in the very first movie?
The moment with Leia asking Luke if he’s a little short to be a Stormtrooper will be forever remembered by these two Emerald City Comic Con figures released in 2011. Numbers 15 and 16 in the Star Wars collection, Funko only made 1,000 of each figure and they both go for over $800 each or, combined, more than $2300, which is a small price to pay for adding both of these figures to your collection.
Holographic Darth Vader
One of, if not the most iconic villains in all of movie history, Darth Vader is as menacing as he is memorable.
Yet another Comic-Con exclusive, this Dallas Comic-Con was a limited release to attendees in 2014 and, like Holographic Darth Maul, will glow in the dark. The Funko may not be as fearsome as Darth Vader himself, but it’s still a wonderful collection to anyone’s Funko Pop Star Wars collection.
Unfortunately, finding one these days will set you back around upwards of $1,900 on eBay as long as no one tries to alter the deal on you.
Smuggler’s Bounty R2-D2
No list of the best Star Wars Funko Pop figures would be complete without at least one mention of the world’s most famous droid, R2-D2.
This Smuggler’s Bounty R2-D2 is one of many available for the famous droid but it’s this scene where it would launch Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber into the air and help the Jedi rescue Princess Leia and Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt that stands out most.
The best part is that even though it’s an exclusive version, this figure costs far less than many Comic-Con exclusives.
Check out Smuggler’s Bounty R2-D2 on Amazon.
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501st Clone Trooper
This famous trooper group is part of the infamous batch of elite Clone Troopers that personally served Darth Vader in the wonderful Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series.
The 501st Clone Trooper group would also make numerous appearances in Star Wars Battlefront II that is playable on all 8th-generation video game consoles and newer.
Available as a small batch of exclusive releases given away at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2012, you can find these figures in mint condition going for a whopping $2,000-plus on eBay.
Darth Vader Electronic
The famous villain’s second appearance on this list of the best Star Wars Funko Pop figures is Darth Vader, the electronic version.
Not only does this Darth Vader Funko look great, it shows Vader carrying his iconic red lightsaber. What really helps this Funko Pop stand out isn’t just the wonderful level of detail, but you can push on the bobblehead and hear the character’s iconic breathing sound. On any list of the most recognizable sounds in cinema history, there’s a good chance that Darth Vader would be up near the very top.
Check out Darth Vader Electronic on Amazon.
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- Darth Vader
Star Wars Movie Poster
Likely the most recognized movie poster in Star Wars history, this awesome Funko Pop figure not only includes this famous Star Wars: A New Hope movie poster, but also the dual combination of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 figures.
Released in 1977, the movie poster helped build momentum for a little-known science fiction movie by an unknown director, George Lucas, and history would soon be made.
Unlike the traditional Funko Pop figure that often sits on a table or desk, this movie poster edition hangs from your wall. Between 17 inches high and 11 inches wide, this is an excellent addition to any Star Wars collection.
Check out Star Wars Movie Poster on Amazon.
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- Star Wars: A New Hope
- Luke Skywalker with R2-D2
- Hangs on your wall
The name Biggs Darklighter won’t mean much to non-die-hard Star Wars fans, but those who really love the franchise deeply know this name all too well.
A Rebel Alliance pilot during the Battle of Yavin, Biggs Darklighter is perhaps best known for being the childhood friend of none other than Luke Skywalker. His only movie appearance would take place in Star Wars: A New Hope where he would sacrifice himself as Red Three to protect Luke as he was trying to blow up the Death Star. Today, this 2012 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive (out of 480) can be found for no less than $1,100 on eBay.
There are just so many Star Wars Funko Pop figures available in 2023 that it’s hard to pick even a list as small as the 15 best ever made. There are just far too many that did not make this list, up to and including Jar Jar Binks who absolutely deserves a place on any best-of list these days.
For many people, comic con Funko Pops will always be the holy grail of Star Wars collections, but even the ones you can pick up on Amazon today are well-worth adding to your collection.
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