FACTORY ERROR / DEFECT Vintage Star Wars BLUE SNAGGLETOOTH Kenner Variant w/Gun For Sale
FACTORY ERROR / DEFECT Vintage Star Wars BLUE SNAGGLETOOTH Kenner Variant w/Gun:
Blue Snaggletooth Vintage Kenner Star Wars Action Figure
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-- 1978 Sears Wish BookDescription descriptionBlue Snaggletooth Action Figure publicThis sale is for a one-of-a-kind, 100% authentic, original vintage Blue Snaggletooth (#38331) action figure with factory error/defect. This loose Kenner Star Wars action figure variant comes from the original Star Wars (SW) line. This figure is the "Non-Dented Toe" version. It has great paint (belt, boots, hands, and head), tight limbs, no broken parts, and will more than easily hold a pose and stand on its own. Figure is 100% complete, and comes with Blue Snaggletooth's original black smuggler blaster as well as an acrylic Kenner display stand.Our favorite blue alien hit the market nearly four decades ago as a production mistake. When Kenner's toy designers were making the prototype, the only visual resource they had for the character was a grainy, black-and-white photograph of the character's head. Lacking sufficient details from Lucasfilm, the Kenner designers essentially made a guess as to color (blue) and height (average human height). When Star Wars hit the big screen in 1977, Kenner's producers saw to their amusement (or horror) that Snaggletooth was about 3 feet tall; and he wore a red suit!When George Lucas finally learned of the error, he demanded the figure be corrected to its short, red state as seen in the film. So Kenner responded by making the correction during the production run, scrapping the 3¾ inch alien dressed in a blue jumpsuit with silver go-go boots; and quickly replacing it with the shorter, stouter, and furrier red figure standing just under 3 inches (2¾). In addition, Kenner changed the box art to depict the new corrected red Snaggletooth which was also later released separately on a card along with the other creatures that came with the Cantina Set. At the time, these changes made the Blue Snaggletooth all but a distant memory.Carrying the same weapon as the small version, the Blue Snaggletooth was available only in a sealed Kenner baggie and never on any blistered card back. Furthermore, unlike his replacement, the taller Blue Snaggletooth was never shipped as a single carded version. Instead, you either had to purchase him as part of the Sears Cantina Adventure Set, or buy the Greedo-Snaggletooth two-pack sold exclusively by Sears, beginning in 1978.One more thing collectors will note: In addition to red versus blue versions, there is still another variant. Blue Snaggletooth can be found as either a "Dented Toe" or "Non-Dented Toe" variant. The indentation in one boot is most likely a manufacturing error. I am of the persuasion that the "Dented Toe" version came in the Greedo-Snaggletooth two-pack, and the "Non-Dented Toe" version came with the Cantina Adventure Set.So as you can see, the elusive Blue Snaggletooth, in near-mint condition, is one of the rarest and most difficult vintage Kenner Star Wars figures to find.This bizarre factory error/defect/variant Blue Snaggletooth figure is even more rare since it was made with two right legs!Although Kenner had great quality control, the error was difficult to detect because the figures were bagged in Kenner baggies; and then packaged and hidden inside a box rather than visibly carded under a bubble. The only other Blue Snaggletooth error I've ever seen documented was posted on the RebelScum blog in October 2010 where the owner said he had a Blue Snaggletooth which had two left legs.My son asked me why would someone believe that this item is authentic. Great question!These are the reasons I provided to support its authenticity:
I purchased the figure in a collection from the original owner who had purchased the toys for his kids many years ago.
The figure's legs are colored exactly the same which would be nearly impossible with the diverse blue/green coloring seen on this figure.
The figure was molded in hard, brittle plastic that was not able to be safely taken apart. The only Blue Snaggletooth figures I've ever see "taken apart" are shattered in several pieces because it can't be done without destroying the figure. Please see my last two photos which show a shattered Blue Snaggletooth torso from another seller, and then a glued Blue Snaggletooth from another seller.
Who would want to "risk" taking two expensive and extremely rare Blue Snaggletooth figures apart to have a unique variant?
When hobbyists customize Star Wars figures, the limbs, joints, and head are usually loose or broken. The limbs, joints, and head on this figure are solid and tight.
Then there's the before-mentioned documented case of a Blue Snaggletooth that had two left legs. Maybe these two figures were back-to-back on the same assembly line, and got the wrong legs switched making two rare errors before Kenner noticed the mistake.
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