Rocket Firing Boba Fett Star Wars Proof Card
This is a proof card of what appears to be the first packaging design for the Boba Fett figure when the intention was to still have a rocket-firing backpack such as the final prototype. Note that it does not include the text in the fireball found on the 21-back Boba Fett.

Of course what is most interesting about this prototype design is the warning printed across the top which reads: "CAUTION: DO NOT LAUNCH PROJECTILE TOWARD FACE" which was almost certainly added in response to the December 8, 1978 announcement from the Consumer Products Safety Commission announcing that Mattel will add warning stickers for both new and existing inventories of their Battlestar Galactica vehicles with spring-launched missiles.

At that time, Mattel believed that the printed warning would suffice, but just a month later the CPSC announced that Mattel was both recalling all missiles and also that the missile-firing feature would be removed from their toys following the death of a 4 year old child. Needless to say that Kenner's response was to completely remove the rocket-firing feature before Boba Fett's debut at the 1979 Toy Fair.

An even bigger, but not immediately obvious difference in this artwork is the painted fireball is completely different than the production version. There is more red and the details are slightly crisper. Not the differences in the positions and size of the Kenner logo and the bubble area as well. Other than the projectile warning, this packaging is a match to the 1979 Toy Fair packaged sample figure.

This Kenner file photography is courtesy of Cloud City Collectibles.

Description by: Gus Lopez, Chris Georgoulias
Photo: Kim Simmons
From the collection of: Cloud City Collectibles
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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