Carded Revenge of the Jedi 2-1B
For years, collectors had speculated that Revenge of the Jedi figures were issued on card. Although no production Revenge of the Jedi figures ever made it to market, that didn't stop periodic rumors that some made it to store shelves. These rumors are false. Collectors settled for the next best thing--Revenge of the Jedi proof cards. Proof cards are slightly different than the cards used on production figures, but a number of Revenge of the Jedi proof cards have made it to the secondary market. This carded 2-1b was a Toy Fair sample in February 1983 before the movie was retitled to Return of the Jedi. It was constructed by Kenner from a proof card and an ESB carded 2-1b to show the new look of the upcoming line. The bubble was attached to the Revenge proof card and velcro was added to the back to attach the carded figure to the Toy Fair display. The movie was retitled before the production cards were made. Now, one would have to be crazy if they saw such a piece sitting on a random dealer's table where the dealer claimed it was a prototype for the Revenge of the Jedi carded figures. This piece came directly from a former Kenner employee and is 100% real (or otherwise it wouldn't be featured here as authentic). Without complete documentation proving it was an original, it would not be advisable to buy a similar piece since it could be easily faked (dealers have faked such carded figures for years). At least seven similar authentic Revenge carded figures are known to exist today and all came from this same source. They are: Cloud Car Pilot, Ben Kenobi, Chewbacca, 4-LOM, 2-1B, Lando Calrissian, and IG-88.
Description by: Gus Lopez, Chris Georgoulias
Photo: Rob Johnson
From the collection of: Rob Johnson
Country:United States
Film:Revenge of the Jedi
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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