|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|
|From the collection of:||Chris Fawcett|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Prototypes / Action Figure Related|