Emperor Return of the Jedi 77-Back Quality Control Sample
Pulled from a random sampling of action figures from the Kenner distribution center. The QA (Quality Assurance) engineer or technician would look at the figure for flaws in manufacturing or workmanship. Both the project engineer and the QA engineer had to sign off on the sample.

A comment card was affixed to the figure that included the vendor name and the date the figure was inspected. Kenner used a number of Asian toy manufacturers to make their products. In this case the vendor was U.I. which was located in Taiwan. At the bottom of the card there is room for any comments about the figure. There are two comments for this particular figure:

1) Should improve flesh color coverage on hand

2) Should increase lower heat seal area from |)(| to || ||

The first is noting a problem with the masking for hand spray operation. The white color is partially painting the cuff. The second comment notes a problem with the heat seal of the bubble. The engineer went so far as to sketch the issue. The seal he wants to see has a vertial orientation rather than the arched orientation found on the figure. The gap he is describing is the middle part of the lower bubble seal area where the bubble isn't fully attached to the card. This could potentially lead to the heavy figure pulling the bubble away from the card on its long journey from the Asian factory to an American store shelf.

Description by: Chris Georgoulias
Photo: Chris Georgoulias
From the collection of: Chris Georgoulias
Country:United States
Film:Return of the Jedi
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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