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Some general questions about the production process


Hey guys,

A few of you know way more about the process of Super Powers figure production than I do, and I'm curious about some things, so I thought I'd pose some general questions to the room.

1. At what point in the process were foot peg holes added? How about copyright information?
2. How can one tell the difference between an Internal First Shot and a First Shot? Between a First Shot and a production figure?

If I have any other questions, I'll post them here. Thanks, all!
-Joe G.


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Re: Some general questions about the production process


Hi Joe,

>1. At what point in the process were foot >peg holes added? How about copyright >information?

Copyright information is often one of the last modifications to the steel production molds. Peg holes and copyright information will basically come into play with "vendor supplied prototypes", which is sort of an umbrella term covering all early and late samples sent from the vendor (company in the Orient that actually produces the injection molded figures) to the actual toy company for review at various stages. You won't find copyright information or peg holes on early prototype stages like sculptings, hardcopies, nor typically internal first shots (protomolded figures).

>2. How can one tell the difference between >an Internal First Shot and a First Shot? >Between a First Shot and a production >figure?

The internal first shots (referred to in indutry terminology as protomolded figures) are often made of a milky white colored plastic. They can sometimes be difficult to identify from photos unless you have paint loss exposing the underlying material. They make them using low yield molds, as opposed to high yield production tooling. The molds that protomolded figures come from aren't designed for extended use, which is fine for protomolded figures since Kenner didn't need high quantities of show samples, photography samples, etc. Sometimes heads and/or limbs are removable on protomolded figures, but not always.

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Thanks for the information, Mike! I think that satisfies my curiosity for now. Of course, if it doesn't, I know where to find you :-)

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