1981 Kenner Star Wars Boba Fett First Shot Engineering Pilot: Grade: CAS 85+ Serial# 10159717 Offered here is perhaps one of the most significant, and striking Boba Fett artifacts, from the vintage Kenner line, to ever be offered for sale. Simply put, if not for extraordinary happenstance, this figure would not exist! Up until this figures discovery around 2003, all known first shots for the Boba Fett 3 ¾ action figure have all been Rocket Firing circa 1979.
Even the engineering pilots which failed in their safety testing were Rocket Firing! Facts that when considered, make this lone (one-of-one) first shot of a static "non-firing" example all the more amazing if the dramatic bi-color hues of peach and black, wasnt already amazing enough. More specifically, this color scheme is equally unique and is not shared with any of its rocket firing brethren, of which only two are found in unique colors bi-color L-slot with yellow appendages and opaque torso; tri-color L-slot with blue torso and head, white arms and yellow legs. Frankly, this figure is far more striking! This unpainted bi-color beauty was created for Kenner Products in 1981, two years after the non-firing molds had been finalized for use.
It was made by a senior staff member as part of qualifying a new manufacture in Hong Kong. This individual worked at Kenner products from 1979 1986 and held the titles there of Senior Manufacturing Engineer and International Liaison Engineer Manager. Intriguingly, this individual refers to this figure in his accompanying LOA, as both a first shot and an engineering pilot. The figure is described as having head and limbs molded in beige (peach-like) PVC, with a torso made of black polystyrene.Condition wise, there is some very light soiling to the PVC extremities and tiny scuff marks to the polystyrene torso on front. A couple manufacturing defects also occur; most notably, an irregular trim to the figure's right heel; a couple spots of thermal melt occurring lower right torso, near and at the belt, on front. To further document this figure and preserve it for the ages, it has been submitted to the experts at CAS for grading and encasement.
Despite the above mentioned traits, it still presented with enough impact to receive a stellar grade of CAS 85+ Serial# 10159717; proving why sometimes you need a second opinion! Comes with the original LOA from the ex-Kenner employee; the original LOA from Rachfal Enterprises, and just for good measure a document from CAS. Note: In reference to the original RE LOA; although this figure was inspected at one time by Tom Derby and photographed for inclusion in collector / author John Kellermans second edition of Star Wars Vintage Action Figures, those images remain unpublished as the second edition never materialized. Previous owners of note: Tracey Hamilton; two additional owners to be mentioned in LOA.
Previous brokers: Jordan Hembrough Hollywood Heroes, Tom Derby CIB; Brian Rachfal Rachfal Enterprises. 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 "1981 Kenner Star Wars Boba Fett First Shot Engineering Pilot CAS 85+" is in sale since Saturday, June 23, 2018. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Action Figures\Other Action Figures". The seller is "rachfalenterprises" and is located in Roseville, California.
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