Empire Strikes Back 31-Back Hoth Stormtrooper Carded Quality Control Sample
This ESB 31-Back Hoth Stormtrooper is referred to as a Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) sample. Carded figures of this nature are utilized for approval to determine if the final product meets specific criteria in terms of packaging quality, etc. The card front contains an number of written details including signatures of the appropriate individuals. Astute eyes will notice the name "Kadar" located to the left of the ESB logo. This name refers to one of the specific toy manufacturing companies in the Orient.

Above we see a picture of the cardback which is designated as an ESB31A. No sign-off information is present on the back of the card. QA/QC labels are sometimes affixed to the front or rear of the card. Signatures and/or information may be written on items ranging from specifically formatted labels, formatted index cards, simple nondescript labels like the one found on this Bossk QC sample, or directly on the card, as is the case here.

Description by: Michael G. Mensinger
Photo: Michael G. Mensinger
From the collection of: Michael G. Mensinger
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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