Yak Face Toy Fair Display Painted Hardcopy Figure
This handmade and handpainted hardcopy figure was the very Yak Face figure shown at Toy Fair in 1985. The source of this piece was once manager of the Kenner showroom in New York who kept it along with many other pieces which can be seen in the Archive. Even back at that time, the salesman knew Yak Face was special and made an effort to keep it. Luckily it has managed to survive until this day because this figure in particular is a favorite among Star Wars collectors and the history behind this display piece is quite important.

The handmade wooden base has an angled mount which is also made of wood, but it's unclear just how it attached to the Toy Fair display. There is a nice presentation sticker on the front, for customers, but the sticker on the back is merely typed text on paper and attached with clear tape. Since this label was only viewable by the salesmen from behind the display it was adequate. The front label has become discolored because the of the glue originally used to attach it to the base. The figure itself is permanently glued to the wooden base and if you look closely you can see that the fingers were once broken off when someone tried to place a weapon in the hand. The urethane material used to make hardcopy figures is very brittle and does not flex like a normal action figure.

This Yak Face piece is significant not only because it was the first time that toy industry buyers had a chance to see the very last figure made for the Star Wars movie line, but moreso that it was the one movie figure never actually released for U.S. distribution. Although some Kay-Bee toy stores managed to get in some overstock Trilogo figures from overseas, there was no general availability of Yak Face in the U.S.

Description by: Chris Georgoulias
Photo: Chris Georgoulias
From the collection of: Chris Georgoulias
Country:United States
Film:Power of the Force
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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