Protomolded Anakin Skywalker Action Figure
This protomolded Anakin Skywalker figure is interesting in that the color of its robes matches that of the production figure -- light gray. First shots of the figure exist whose robes are a darker "charcoal" color. (Kenner's wholesale catalogs also feature the darker figure.) Normally, we think of protomolded prototypes as predating first shots. But in this case, the protomold exhibits the later coloration. What gives?

It's impossible to say at this point. Remember, though, that first shots were typically made in Asia and may have taken weeks to arrive at Kenner. It's possible this protomold was painted with the lighter color in the brief window of time after the color change was decided upon and before the darker first shots were delivered.

According to Broc, this piece was sourced from the company that handled Kenner's television advertisements. Assuming that's accurate, it may have been used in a TV spot. Unfortunately, the Anakin commercial is not readily available on sites like YouTube.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Broc Walker
From the collection of: Broc Walker
Country:United States
Film:Return of the Jedi
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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