Rancor Keeper Carded Production Sample With First Shot Figure
Carded production samples were created primarily to gauge the appeal of the figure in its final packaging. As is evident from the blister's squared-off bottom corners, this Rancor Keeper figure has been mounted on a proof card, an attribute which by itself makes the piece interesting. What makes this item truly cool, however, is that it features a very early injection-molded example of the Rancor Keeper figure. By the tail-end of the Star Wars era, Kenner is thought to have begun creating some first shots in-house rather than leaving them exclusively in the hands of overseas vendors. In doing so, they employed cheap, short-term aluminum molds, into which a milky-white, rather low-quality plastic was typically injected. I believe this Rancor Keeper to be one such figure. It features a greater degree of detail than later production figures, and displays a hint of white plastic material, visible in several areas just below the figure's hand-painted surface.
Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Rob Johnson, Jon Peck
From the collection of: Jon Peck
Country:United States
Film:Return of the Jedi
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


Checklist by Duncan Jenkins, Gus Lopez, and the Star Wars collecting community
Software by Chris Nichols

All information © 2014 Star Wars Collectors Archive