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AFA graded and encapsulated 3.75" tall fully painted engineering pilot with country-of-origin (Hong Kong) and copyright stamps, representing the final phase of development for this infamous 1979 Boba Fett prototype action figure. Originally 80-100 examples of this prototype were shipped to Kenner from Hong Kong for safety testing purposes; which resulted in only "non-firing" examples with sonically welded missiles being released to the public. Approximately 24-26 examples of this J-Slot variety are known to have survived, with several existing in rather rough condition, having been subjected to a variety of safety testing procedures that included but were not limited to heating, freezing, and other destructive trials. This is Version 2 (V2) of the J-Slot variety, having been further refined with a longer firing stem, which has broken off, likely as a result of the aforementioned testing. This testing is evident by the presence of the typically seen indexing marks placed on the underside of figure's feet. The J-Slot prototype was discovered in the mid-1990s. Prior to that discovery, the J-Slot variation was completely unknown to the hobby. AFA-graded 50 VG Prototype is attractively encased within an AFA Archival case, utilizing AFA's updated laser cut casing style, which displays the prototype figure, rocket and blaster separately; J-slot rocket-firing mechanism is clearly visible from the back of case (spring clearly visible). AFA serial number 11300319. Comes encapsulated with Collectible Investment Brokerage (CIB) COA. Extremely rare and historic Star Wars artifact and the quintessential Boba Fett piece. The only other J-Slot prototype we have offered - an AFA 85+ NM+ example - sold at Hake's for $185,850 in November 2019. Since then, demand and value has steadily continued to rise. Similarly, the equally sought after, but slightly more obtainable L-Slot prototype, has seen an upward trajectory in our recent auctions, with three different AFA 85 NM+ examples selling for $86,383 in March 2018, $112,926 in July 2019 and $165,200 in June 2021.
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