Rocket Firing Boba Fett Hand Painted (L-Slot Version) - Early
Now, this is a treat to see! As any Star Wars collector worth his or her salt should immediately realize, it's a rocket firing Boba Fett figure, the most notorious of all toy prototypes. But whereas most RocketFetts are either completely unpainted (as most of the L-Slot variety are) or are painted just like the production figure (as most J-Slots are), this one has been meticulously painted by hand. I don't think I have to point out all the painted details that make this piece unique when compared to the standard figure; most collectors will notice them immediately. I personally think it's cool that the dart-launchers on the wrists and straps connecting the shoulder and chest armor were delineated.

It's hard to figure out exactly why this figure was painted in such a manner. In all probability, Kenner never dreamed of giving it such an elaborate paint job once it was put into production-- it would have been too expensive. But it's definitely neat to see.

It should be noted that, while the figure is of the L-Slot variety, it is not composed of the bluish plastic that most L-Slots are. Rather, it's grayish, much as the later J-Slots and production figures are.

Contrary to popular belief, the rocket-firing feature was not removed from the figure because a child choked on and died from a Battlestar Galactica toy missile. You can read all about it here.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Chris Fawcett
From the collection of: Chris Fawcett
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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