Gamorrean Guard Bench Shot (with foot holes)
This unique fellow is a more specific kind of prototype known as a bench shot and in short it was molded at the facility that made the molds rather than at the factory that would ultimately produce the toys. Because it was created at a mold shop the material was a color and type that was on hand but all parts were molded in the same material. In this case the figure appears to be made of polypropylene.

Typically prototypes from the production factory are known as first shots and are molded in materials similar to their production counterparts, at least in type and not necessarily color. However, sometimes first shots are run at the place where the molds are created, in production plastics, and technically would be bench shots but only discernible through history, not their physical traits.

The torso has been hand-glued together and another unique characteristic of this piece is that it has round molded foot holes, unlike this other Gamorrean Guard bench shot that does not have foot holes. In addition to the holes the bottoms of the feet have been sanded and erratically cut for reasons unknown. These round foot holes would have been some kind of intermediate step because the production figures have hexagonal-sharped foot holes.

This type of prototype is difficult to identify and generally requires a solid provenance to ensure that it was made at a mold shop rather than the production factory.

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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