|Rocket Firing Boba Fett Artwork - 20-back Mail-in Offer|
|This is it folks, the thing that started it all. The original two
airbrushings that graced
Star Wars 20-back cards promoting the Boba Fett mail-in offer. These pieces actually still exist and
the sense of awe that overcame me as I first held them was unmistakable.
They are airbrushed on artist board and the fingers appear to be
pasted photographs. This painting of the Rocket Firing Boba Fett was patterned after the
the final kit-bash version that was shown on the cardbacks.
The rendering of Boba Fett with a firing missile (here
actuated with a push button instead of the sliding mechanism) was sometimes
covered up with a sticker on the cardbacks. Many kids peeled this
sticker off only to see that this action feature was being covering up for
some odd reason.
Eager children waited in anticipation for their Rocket-Firing Boba Fett to arrive in the mail, but course nobody received one that had a working mechanism. Instead, when they opened their mailer box all that was present was a plain figure along with notice to consumers explaining the removal of this safety "hazard". Many kids were also surprised to see that the figure itself was different in design than the one shown here, the one they saw on the figure packages. Like the original character explanation, Boba Fett is truly the most notorious figure to have ever been produced by Kenner. Talk to just about person who collected action figures at the time and you'll see that the legend of the Rocket Firing Boba Fett lives on in all of them.
To read the detailed story of why the firing mechanism was removed from this figure please check out this page
|Description by:||Chris Georgoulias|
|From the collection of:||Tom Neiheisel|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Prototypes / Action Figure Related|