Hammerhead Protomolded Photosample
The Hammerhead figure you see above on the left is a protomolded example that was likely made by Kenner to serve as a photography model. Obviously, it's fully painted, but under that paint it probably looks quite a bit like the figure seen here.

Only a handful of Star Wars-era figures have been found in protomolded form. Interestingly, the Cantina figures that have turned up seem to be of a higher quality than later known protomolded figures. And whereas the later examples typically have limbs and torsos made of the same type of brittle plastic, the Cantina aliens have rather rubbery limbs and hard torsos, similar to what you'd see on a standard production figure. It's also worth mentioning that this Hammerhead has a two-part torso, unlike most later protomolded figures. The logical conclusion is that Kenner was making these things using a different process early on than they were during the '80s.

Incidentally, the figure you see standing beside our star of the moment is a standard first shot Hammerhead figure, which is identical to the production version in every aspect but its lack of markings. Note that the eyes of the protomolded figure are looking in the opposite direction.

Here you see a shot of the bottom of the feet. As with all protomolded figures I've seen, there are no holes.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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