|Boba Fett Large Size Action Figure Cape and Wookie Scalps Kenner Quote Samples|
|Acquired from the original fashion designer at Kenner, these pieces offer a glimpse into the clothing design of the large (12 inch) action figure line of Star Wars toys. The examples shown here for Boba Fett include the cape, wookiee scalps, patterns, and paperwork which makes up a Kenner "Quote Sample". This sample is what Kenner would send to prospective vendors for quotes on producing the item for them.
This cape was a sample handmade in the sewing department at Kenner and was sent along with pattens and paperwork which included fabric swatches and pertinent accessory information. The color is what immediately stands out as being wrong, but upon closer inspection of the tag and paperwork its reason becomes more apparent. What's really important here is that this is among the very earliest capes created by the designer for the infamous doll.
Shown above is the tag which is attached to the sample cape. This ensured that the cape could always be identified if it was separated from its accompanying paperwork. The tag contains the Kenner project number and the names of the project engineer, fashion designer, and the industrial designer involved in the project. Note that it describes the discrepancy in color. The material used for this sample was correct, but the color was not. The correct color is referred to as "Blue-Grey Pantone 534 U".
Shown above is the pattern for the cape. It was drawn and cut out by the designer and dated 1978 in the designers own handwriting. The seams and cut marks are all noted on the pattern as well the elastic attachment points.
The tag shown above is attached to the Wookiee Scalps that it describes. The designer specified the material and beading on the scalps and they were made in the sewing department along with the cape. The material used for these is pre-braided. Only the ends needed to be tied and beads added.
A major component of the Quote Sample is the paperwork shown above as a thumbnail image. Click on it to see the full-size scan. This paperwork goes into detail about things such as the type and manufacturer of the fabric in addition to naming all the Kenner folks in charge of different aspects of this toy. Each different type of fabric used on a particular figure is included as a small swatch stapled to its appropriate sheet. There is one sheet per item of clothing or cloth accessory. Some of the most interesting information noted is if the material has been used and approved for previous Kenner toys. In this case, this particular material corresponded to two different types already approved for use on the Darth Vader large action figure.
Many thanks go out to an anonymous collector and Gus Lopez for finding this and other fashion prototypes for the Large Action Figure line of Star Wars toys. It is through the tireless efforts and dedication of collectors that we are able to discover pieces of toy history like this.
|Description by:||Chris Georgoulias|
|From the collection of:||Anonymous|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Prototypes / Action Figure Related|