Han Solo12 inch First Shot Head with Alternate Sculpting
This is an intriguing piece, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. As anyone terribly familiar with the standard 12" action figure of Han Solo will notice, the head of this figure is substantially different from what was actually produced. Most of the differences lie in the sculpting of the hair, which is more streamlined on the unreleased piece; but the prototype also has considerably softer (one hesitates to say "feminine") facial features, as well as a much shorter neck.

Kenner had considerable trouble sculpting representations of Han early on in their Star Wars line, as the two different versions of the 3 3/4" figure attest. The 12" Han figure also was a later release in the large-scale line, which could indicate that modifications were made during the developmental process. Its possible that the negative reception of their first Han Solo 3 3/4" figure influenced a decision on Kenner's part to re-sculpt the head of the 12" Han doll prior to putting it into full production. Buy who knows? Its also possible that this is a fake; but, given that its roto-cast from a production mold, this would seem to be unlikely.

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


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