Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett and Mail-Away Ad

For years Yoda was the only Empire Strikes Back figure to be seen. Though it is an uncommon figure it does turn up from time to time. Recently, though, information about an earlier figure, previously unknown by most, surfaced. Harbert's Boba Fett was originally a promotional figure. It was advertised in Disney comics only, and never on cardbacks.

Above is a scan of one of these ads. In order to get the Boba Fett you had to send 4 "Harbert" logos (figure cards or vehicles) to Harbert headquarter before September 30th, 1980. The figure was sent carded because it was planned to be released for sale in stores with the following wave of ESB figures.

For an unknown reason the design of the ESB logo card was changed and Yoda was the first and only released figure on this newly designed card. (see above for comparison) Yoda was advertised in Harbert dealer's catalog but Boba Fett was not. We can imagine that only a very limited quantity of carded Boba Fetts were produced, maybe less than a hundred of them.

This is an extremely rare cardback and at this point only 2 are known to exist. Sadly, there are no carded versions known to be in any collections.

Description by: John J. Alvarez, Carlos Lopez
Photo: Paolo Prevosto, Carlos Lopez
From the collection of: Paolo Prevosto, Carlos Lopez
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Toys / Action Figure Related / Small Action Figures (Licensed)


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