DOZENS of highly-collectable sci-fi figures worth a total of about £20,000 have been stolen during a burglary.
Police are appealing for information about the break-in, which saw numerous high-value and rare items taken from the home in Greater Horseshoe Walk in Knowle Village.
The offenders broke in between 3pm on Friday, July 13 and 12.30pm on Sunday, July 15, while the victim was away for the weekend. Details have only just been released by police.
The raiders broke in through a back window, stealing the toys from the sci-fi film, as well as hundreds of Blu-Ray DVDs and limited edition DVD box sets.
Among the catalogue of stolen items, mostly relating to cult sci-fi and fantasy films, were the 80 figurines, a Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle DVD set, an Alien Quadrilogy alien head DVD set, Predator head DVD Set, XBox 360 console and games, a Fuji HS20 digital camera, Samsung Blu-Ray DVD player, 500 Blu-Ray DVDs, and jewellery.
Detective Constable Craig Rainsley said: ‘This burglary involves the theft of science fiction collectables which are very identifiable.
‘The Star Wars figurines are complete with display cases and original cards which adds to their value.
‘The limited edition DVD display sets for Harry Potter, Alien and Predator have a combined value of approximately £800 and are very identifiable.
‘We’d like to hear from anybody who has any information. If you have been offered any of these unusual items for sale or are aware of somebody who has recently come into possession of any of these items, please contact us as soon as possible.’
Star Wars became the first blockbuster to push merchandising when it was released in 1977.
Generations of fans have grown up collecting figures from the space-based series of movies, with toys in mint condition commanding high prices running into hundreds of pounds.
The victim did not wish to speak to The News.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Rainsley at Winchester police station by phoning 101.