Star wars vintage figures began in 1978 prior to this you received the early bird letter promising you figures asap Palitoy produced the first ones in the UK and kenner in the USA ,
The early palitoy branded packages are very sought after indeed a carded Palitoy Boba Fett fetched £18,000 pounds at a uk auction house, its pretty crazy how successful star wars was but was infact Palitoys downfall as it killed off the action man toy line,
which was Palitoy's golden ticket regards profits, Whilst you would think surely star wars made palitoy a bigger Brand people inside palitoy blamed star wars for its demise which i don't quite understand.
Originally mattel were approached to make the toys but rejected the idea,
like so many people did at the time it seemed no one could see George Lucas's vision i hear so many people were underpaid or got a raw deal seems only George Lucas and Alex Guinness made real money infact Sir Alex Guinness who made an estimated 50-75 million from his role as e earned 2.25 percent of the films profit.
Which surely must hold the record for highest paid actor in a film ? which i am sure Jack Nicholson holds for the joker, unsure how they work this out...
Actors did not make much overall but Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had 0.25 percent profit cut into wages contract so earned a few million each
Harrison ford made 10k but at least he was rewarded later on with force awakens with a projected earnings of 30-35 million with royalties.
surely Harrison Ford holds record for most underpaid or best value actor in a blockbuster lol ,
The rocket firing Boba Fett is regarded as the holy grail of star wars vintage toys and vlix from droids and the vinyl Jawa,
As i've mentioned in some blogs i lived not far from the Palitoy factory and i have seen some weird stuff myself,
I have seen a red clocked Bib Fortuna and grey snow troopers i am unsure of there history but i promise you 100% they exist ones i were offered came from palitoy/kenner design department i was offered them for £40 each i said no was short of money i regret that decision now lol.
i would now be reluctant to buy any rare figures loose or carded as to easy to fake now wit modern technology
Infact a lot of carded ones on ebay are fakes a bloke in uk was making them by the car load and sending them to auction houses always check out glue around blisters as they should have impression marks caused by factory machine stamping down hard,
Most counterfeiters fail to replicate this but saying that even there getting clever.
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