October 22, 2019
A rare prototype of a "Star Wars" action figure could set a world record in that category when it's auctioned next month in Pennsylvania.
York-based Hake's Auctions is currently accepting bids on a 1979 Boba Fett Rocket Firing prototype that's expected to fetch anywhere from $200,000 to $500,000.
The current record for an auctioned Star Wars toy stands at $112,926. Bidding on the Boba Fett toy, a Kenner model, is already up to $120,750 as of Oct. 22, with a closing date of Nov. 7.
Originally 80-100 examples of this prototype were shipped to Kenner from the Hong Kong manufacturer for safety testing purposes, which resulted in only "non-firing" action figures, with sonically welded missiles, being released to the public, Hake's said at the page for the auction.
Only about 25 of these Boba Fett prototypes have survived, and most of them didn't retain their value because they were put through rigorous testing procedures when they were manufactured. The one in the auction can fire its rocket, although for the price it's going to take to acquire, leaving it be might be the best course of action.
The toy measures 3.75 inches tall and is fully painted. It is described as a J-slot variant due to the shape of the firing mechanism that secures the rocket. Other prototypes, called L-slots, presented problems because they lacked a tab to keep Boba Fett's rocket in place, according to PennLive.
Boba Fett, a bounty hunter, first appeared as an animated character on television in 1978 as the "Star Wars" franchise's next major villain alongside Darth Vader. He made his theatrical debut in "The Empire Strikes Back," but was retroactively inserted into a scene in a special edition of "A New Hope" in 1997.
Ten bids have placed on the action figure as of Nov. 9.