STAR WARS "MICRO COLLECTION: BESPIN FREEZE CHAMBER" BOBA FETT UNPAINTED 4-UP HARDCOPY PROTOTYPE.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:00:00 PM)
Auction #212 - Part II
Item numbers 989 through 2633 in auction 212
Kenner's "Star Wars Micro Collection" was a short-lived toy series issued in the early 1980s. While each production Micro figure was just over an inch in height, during pre-production, the Micro figures were sculpted in either wax or acetate at four times their production size, in order to allow their sculptors to achieve a greater degree of detail. Offered here is the unpainted 4-Up Hardcopy Boba Fett figure from the "Bespin Freeze Chamber" playset. This is actual example shown in the Limited Edition slipcase edition of "Tomart's Price Guide To Worldwide Star Wars Collectibles." (see Tom Tumbusch's statement on this piece below). Prototype stands 5.5" tall and depicts the popular Star Wars bounty hunter holding his blaster rifle. Acetate figure is lt. blue in color w/some aging to front half and some small scattered spots of discoloration to top of helmet, shoulder and hand. VF overall. Comes w/matching production Boba Fett Micro figure. NM. Very rare pre-production prototype.
Tom Tumbusch Statement:
Star Wars prototype collectors somehow got the idea that
all prototypes for the Star Wars Micro-Collection were made of Dynacast, a dark
green material. In 1978, Kenner hired a new head sculptor named Rudy Vap, who
didn’t like Dynacast. In an interview with Action Figure Digest magazine Vap
stated, “we needed something cleaner and easier to work with. Dynacast was a
porous material. It was not good for pressure casting.” So Vap began
experimenting with different materials colored with blue dye. The material used
on the very first Micro- Collection pieces were Dynacast. The oversize figure
prototypes for the unproduced Bespin Torture Chamber, Death Star, and Boiler
Room were produced with experimental materials. I have owned them and have
photos of them. I have never seen them in Dynacast. The Micro- Collection sets
produced under Vap’s direction have figure prototypes in Dynacast and
This is the information I received from Kenner’s man in
charge when these prototypes were produced and have signed a certificate of
authenticity on this piece.
- Tom Tumbusch
Based on the above statement, all sales on this item are final.
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