|Ben Kenobi Packaging Prototype Series|
|This packaging prototype series is incredible not only for its sheer depth, but also for
its focus on a major character, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, from the Star Wars Kenner's
vintage 3 3/4" action figure line.
The middle row (left to right) contains an impressive array of proof cards including the following card styles: ESB 47-Back (4-LOM Offer) (production-like), ESB 48-Back (Offerless) (production-like), Revenge of the Jedi 48-Back (Nien Nunb Offer), and Revenge of the Jedi 65-Back (Offerless).
The bottom row features a series of carded mock-ups. At the far left, we see an ESB 21-Back mock-up, which exhibits a hand-cut bubble hand-glued to a proof card. Next up is a Revenge of the Jedi 48-Back mock-up featuring a hand-cut bubble removed from an ESB carded figure. This particular example was used at the 1982 Toy Fair show. The bubble is hand-applied onto a proof card. Six addition characters have been found in Revenge of the Jedi mock-up form like this Ben Kenobi. The third example is a Return of the Jedi mock-up used in-house at Kenner. The bubble has been hand-applied to a 65-Back (ROTJ65A) proof card. Finally, on the far right we see a POTF mock-up. The figure and coin bubble are individual components, both having been trimmed and hand-applied. Velcro is affixed to the card back signifying it was likely hung at one point on a presentation boards or other medium either in-house or at an industry show.
The time, effort, and networking associated with the assembly of a series with such breadth is substantial. The accomplishment represents approximately 4-5 years of active searching and purchasing; a task obviously unsuited for the impatient collector. The series becomes even more exciting when one considers the fact that all but one piece (Revenge 48-Back proof card) is believed to be a unique item with only one example in existence. I greatly appeciate Adam's willingness to share this outstanding series with fellow collectors through the Star Wars Collectors Archive.
|Description by:||Michael G. Mensinger, Adam Benefiel|
|From the collection of:||Adam Benefiel|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Prototypes / Prototype Packaging and Proofs|