Rarer Than Rare: Prototype Cloud City Boba Fett Minifigure

Included in 10123 Cloud City, which was released in 2003, the Boba Fett (Cloud City) minifigure has long been revered as one of the most desirable LEGO Star Wars minifigures. This is in part due to the general popularity of Boba Fett as a character, but it is also because of the detail included and the presumed rarity.

This particular Boba Fett was the first LEGO Star Wars character to feature arm printing, and he also included detailed hip and leg printing. Although there aren’t any sales numbers to back the claim, set 10123 was said not to sell well due to its higher price point and minimal design. In recent months this minifigure has soared in price which has landed him in the #1 spot on our Top 50 list consistently.

But did you know that there is another? Shared on Instagram by lsw_misprint_collector is the prototype Cloud City Boba Fett design shown below. At a quick glance, one might not notice the difference, but both arms have a different print compared to the regular production version. The prototype, shown on the right, is stood side-by-side with the regular production version on the left.

While the prototype version looks quite cool, it begs the question where did the inspiration for its design come from?

Although the first on-screen appearance of Boba Fett was in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, the first public appearance was two months prior at the San Anselmo Country Fair in California. The parade, which was first held in 1970, became larger each year and welcomed Darth Vader and Boba Fett to participate in 1978.

Did LEGO base the prototype design on this parade costume then? Well, yes and no. Technically they based it off of the original Kenner toy design much like some other LEGO items that have made it into production. In the photo above, David Okada from Kenner is seen in the background, and Kenner likely would have had access to photos of this costume to plan their toy design.

With the growing interest in custom-designed minifigs, the increasing accuracy of bootlegs, and the artificial creation of parts such as the nightshift Darth Vaders, prototype collecting has become much more difficult. It’s for this reason that provenance and expert opinion will be ever more important moving forward.

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