The Jawa was released by Kenner as part of the original 12 action figures in 1978. For several months, Kenner sold the Jawa with a vinyl cape, similar to what was found on the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader action figure. As the Jawas were the smallest action figure in the line and yet still cost the same (around $1.99) as other figures, the people at Kenner decided that the consumer might feel a bit ripped off. Therefore, the Jawa’s vinyl cape was replaced with a cloth cape to compensate for the figure’s small size. The halt in production of vinyl-clad Jawas meant this particular toy was rare almost from the get-go. Since then, many fake vinyl Jawas have come onto the market in order to cash in on the $2000-$3500 market value. In all likelihood, collectors will spend a lot more than this, as proven by one recent auction which fetched over $18,000 for an authentic, packaged and mint-condition vinyl cape Jawa.