An incredibly rare Star Wars Boba Fett prototype, with missile firing mechanism is available to buy on eBay for six figures.
If you’ve seen the Star Wars episode of the the Netflix show, ‘The Toys That Made Us‘, you’ll understand the significance of the Boba Fett figure that’s up for sale on eBay right now.
Highly desirable and considered to be the holy grail of Star Wars collectables, the Boba Fett figure with a firing red rocket was set to hit stores in 1978 following the character’s first appearance in the Star Wars Holiday Special (the less said about that the better). Boba Fett would go on to become a fan favourite after his more significant role in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.
The rocket firing mechanism was a big selling point for the toy when advertised in a mail-in campaign. But children were disappointed to discover that the figures they received had the rocket fixed firmly in place. Kenner, who had won the license to produce officially licensed Star Wars toys, had taken the decision to revise the design to ensure that the small red projectile couldn’t come loose.
Far from being a cost saving exercise, the decision was made following the death of a child who had asphyxiated on a missile from one of rival company, Mattel’s Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider toys. The rocket firing Boba Fetts’ were to be destroyed.
Very few of the original and functional rocket firing figures still exist. The ones that do command a high price. Previous prototypes have sold for $112,926 and $185,850 respectively. A steal when compare to the price tag on the Boba Fett figure currently for sale on eBay.
Listed for a staggering $225,000 the figure is currently residing in Dubai. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and has a grade of 90. For the real aficionado, this figure has an L firing slot. Figures can also be found with a J slot too. This prototype isn’t painted it comes in a solid grey colour.
If you’re feeling flush you can find the listing on eBay. For more information about this particular lot, check out the video below.