1978 Kenner Star Wars Preproduction 12 Ben Kenobi Salesman Sample: Grade: C-7.5 EX-MT or better For collectors with a serious Ben Kenobi focus, this is an intriguing example sure to please. Though referenced in the accompanying CIB letter as a salesman sample, that modest description simply just does not do this specimen any justice. Both head and boots appear to be preproduction in nature: the head sculpt varies slightly from production mostly around the hairline and jawline and is notably softer to the touch; the boots they appear to be from the mold used for the 12 Luke, but molded instead in brown. The crotch section on this 12 figure also appears to be hand painted.
Then theres the cloak: Both fabric and color also differ from production. This cloak has a slightly more fuzzy look and feel to it and has a gorgeous maroon color as opposed to the production brown. The stitching in places also deviates from production examples. The accompanying lightsaber also appears production like. All this might make some wonder if this 12 figure might actually be a repurposed engineering pilot, or something, but without any further information at this time its impossible to say conclusively other that its a salesman sample.To date, Ive heard of but one other example known to exist as other examples found appear to be no different than production. Condition wise, this 12 figure presents well, but does exhibit some thinning to the white paint used for the hair and beard.
The tip of the lightsaber upon inspection is clearly distressed at the tip with a minor piece chipped away. Due to the significance of this figure and solid provenance through CIB, we have elected not to have this example encapsulate by AFA or CAS so that can it be examined and appreciated in the years to come unobstructed. Authenticity of course is guaranteed!! Note: The production Ben; cloak and white Luke boots in the reference images are just that for reference, and are not included with this sale. Be sure to review the companies E-bay About Me.Page, for additional background and details of services provided to our customers. Please call before returning any merchandise. The item "1978 Kenner Star Wars Preproduction 12 Ben Kenobi Salesman Sample" is in sale since Friday, July 21, 2017. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Action Figures\Other Action Figures". The seller is "rachfalenterprises" and is located in Roseville, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, France, Australia.