Posted by Curto on April 23, 2005 at 01:54 PM CST
Not only I get a chance to finally meet Vic Wertz (whom I helped out on the Action Figure Archives column last year) in person, but I also was able to attend his collecting discussion on Unproduced Toys from the Vintage and Modern era.

Focusing mostly on action figures from 1977 - 2001, Vic gave a very informative presentation on toys that didn't quite make it to the final stage. Vic split each toy line over the years into different categories: The Famous, The Infamous, and The Virtualy Unknown. Here's a breakdown of what was discussed:

Star Wars (1977 - 1979)
The Famous - Rocket-Firing Boba Fett
The Infamous - Chewbacca's Family (from The Holiday Special)
The Virtually Unknown - R1-G4 (or perhaps known back then as "Sandcrawler Droid")

The Empire Strikes Back (1977 - 1979)
The Famous - Large Sized Action Figures (Lando, Han, Leia, Luke)
The Infamous - Talking Yoda
The Virtually Unknown - The Empire Strikes Back Rifle

Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Famous - Rebel Blockade Runner vehicle
The Infamous - Emperor in Removable Cloak
The Virtually Unknown - Rust-colored Luke Skywalker

The Power of the Force (1984)
The Famous - Yarna d'al'Gargan
The Infamous - Luke Skywalker in robes
The Virtually Unknown - 93-Action Figure Packaging

Ewoks and Droids (1985)
The Famous - EWOKS wave two figures
The Infamous - DROIDS additional waves, The White Witch vehicle
The Virtually Unknown - C-3PO Collector's Case

The Epic Continues (1985 - 1987)
The Famous - New designs for Luke and Han, ALpha Prime, and Clone Warriors, and many vehicles
The Infamous - Kit-Bashed Toys
The Virtually Unknown - Articulated and heroic action figures

The Power of the Force (1995 - 1997)
The Famous - Attack R2-D2 and Attack C-3PO
The Infamous - Talking Yoda (yes, again!)
The Virtually Unknown - Dagobah playset with a new version of Luke and some crates that were eventually used

Shadows of the Empire (1996)
The Famous - Xizor's Virago,
The Infamous - Guri
The Virtually Unknown - More Luke Skywalker figures (Hoth, Pilot, Jedi)

The Power of the Force (1997 -1999)
The Famous - Remote Control Landspeeder "Chaser"
The Infamous - Death Star playset
The Virtually Unknown - 12" Princess Leia collection

Expanded Universe (1998)
The Famous - Mara Jade in Mystery of the Sith outfit
The Infamous - Online Figure Poll
The Virtually Unknown - Combat Vehicles (more from the Expanded Universe)

Episode I (1999 - 2000)
The Famous - Trophy Assortment Obi-Wan Kenobi and OOM-9
The Infamous - Hologram Obi-Wan, Nute Gunray, and Padme figures
The Virtually Unknown - Deluxe Action Toys (Droid Fighters)

The Power of the Jedi (2000 - 2002)
The Famous - Figures on CD-Rom
The Infamous - Commtech Chips 2.0
The Virtually Unknown - Alternative Packaging / Title

Jedi Crusades (2000 - 2001)
The Famous - New POTJ figures
The Infamous - New villans and Aliens figures
The Virtually Unknown - Jedi Justice Fighter

Click here to check out the gallery.

San Diego Comic Con Coverage
NEW IN THE PHOTO ARCHIVE:
Probe
Droid
Poll
Of the San Diego Comic-Con exclusives revealed in the article published on StarWars.com, our ever inquisitive Probe Droid is tasked to find out which one you are most excited about.
Nixon Chewbacca Sentry Leather Watch
Stance Star Wars Socks
Loungefly Rey Backpack
Funko Han Solo & Thumbs Up BB-8 POP! Figures
Hallmark McQuarrie Boba Fett Keepsake & Itty Bitty Two Pack
Santa Cruz Skateboards
Beast Kingdom Egg Attack Electroplated Figures
Hasbro 6-Inch Obi-Wan Kenobi Pack
Mattel Hot Wheels Carships Trench Run
JAKKS Pacific Vac-Metal C-3PO & Captain Phasma
Bandai Teppou Ashigaru Sandtrooper Special Version
Gentle Giant Captain Phasma & Chewbacca McQuarrie Concept Mini Busts
Gentle Giant Jumbo Kenner Luke Skywalker Figures
Topps Star Wars Trading Card Posters
Sideshow Collectibles R2-D2 Unpainted Prototype
Other
Current Results