"STAR WARS CARRYING CASE" RARE VARIANT INSERT FEATURING BOBA FETT KIT BASH PROTOTYPE FIGURE.
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Auction #210 - Part II
Item numbers 1271 through 3109 in auction 210
8-1/8x11-5/8" double-sided cardstock insert for Star Wars Action Figure carrying case that held 24 Kenner 3.75" tall action figures. Insert features photos of all 24 figures (and includes their names) as well the "Kit Bashed" Boba Fett prototype action figure. What has come to light recently and subsequently brought a new avenue of interest to this prototype, is that it is actually a composite of several other body parts culled from the 20 figures existing at that time; namely, the Stormtrooper (arms), Death Squad Commander (legs) and C3PO (torso). A similar practice of modifying materials at hand and combining them to meet a specific end (often referred to as "kit-bashing") was apparently a common practice at Kenner, during this period in particular, as we see it employed in several other prototypes of the time. Aside from aiding the designers in hashing out the particulars of a figure's appearance, this technique might also have served as a way of filling vacancies in photographic material (such as advertisements) during the time in which the actual production figure as we would come to know it was still in the early design stages. Having gotten a late start, Kenner was quickly working to keep up w/the booming Star Wars craze. Getting the Boba Fett promotion on line as a boost for the tail-end of the "Star Wars" run would have been vital and graphic representations of a figure were needed. This situation was likely compounded by late finalization by Lucasfilm of the particulars of Boba Fett's film costume. The design featured here never came to fruition and required that these inserts, along w/other advertisement using these photos, be pulled. Right margin shows moderate wear w/some small 1/8" to .25" tears and scattered creasing. Insert itself has slight warping/handling wear and is Fine overall. Despite condition issues on one side, it would make a fabulous addition to any Star Wars collection due to the overall rarity of the piece.
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