|Mock-Up Stormtrooper Action Figure|
This confidential internal Kenner photo shows what is almost certainly the first three-dimensional representation of a Stormtrooper action figure.
This photograph, along with twelve others from this collection, is dated May 10th, 1977, a mere 15 days before A New Hope hit theaters. It is likely this figure was created shortly before that. Considering that it takes a toy company approximately 12-18 months to get a toy from concept to store shelf, we can see how truly behind Kenner was in bringing Star Wars toys to the market.
This Stormtrooper was modified, or mocked-up, from a figure from the Fisher Price Adventure People-- an already existing toy line. Extensive work was done on this figure to make him look like like a Stormtrooper. In fact, the whole head was reworked into the shape of a helmet.
The Star Wars Collectors Archive is proud to ring in 2006 with these never-before-seen photos. Who could have imagined what these few prototype toys would eventually lead to 29 years later. Indeed, these prototypes would form the basis for many kids' childhoods, created a legion of collectors, and revolutionized the toy industry itself.
The other photographs from this collection are of:
|Description by:||Isaac Lew|
|From the collection of:||Anonymous|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Prototypes / Product Concepts|