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Fett Action Figure
Kenner's Boba Fett Action Figure
This mail-away action figure, while technically not released
as part of a Holiday Special line, could very well be considered
Holiday Special merchandise. At the time, The Empire Strikes Back
had not been released, and this was the first figure available
that would be featured in the new film. But it was also a character
which had first featured in the Holiday Special, and Kenner included
this information and a description of Boba Fett's role in the
Holiday Special on the flyer included in the mail-away package
(see photo for details). In this flyer, they referred to the Holiday
Special as being called "A Wookie Holiday" (sic).
Since Kenner was developing a prototype Boba
Fett Sea Serpent toy, it's likely that this figure may have
been originally developed to go with it. Perhaps they were both
worked on at the same time along with the Wookiee
family action figures, and when the rest of that toy line
was scrapped, Boba Fett was the only toy to stay in production.
This might even explain why it was the first Empire Strikes Back
toy made available.
Much has been said about the initially-planned rocket-firing
backpack that would have come with this figure... but this is
a story for another website. Try www.toysrgus.com
- an excellent resource for this information.