Prototypes for “Power of the Force 2” Rancor and Jedi Luke Figures
These are prototype parts for the POTF2 Rancor figure. The production figure is made of a relatively hard plastic that has little give if you pinch it between your figures, but this appears to be made of vinyl and is really quite soft. With the exception of the hands (which you may notice are missing here) I think the POTF2 was probably made using rotocast molds. While I’ve never been a fan of the actual figure, I quite like these parts since they let you appreciate the sculpt without being distracted by the substandard paint job.
Each of the parts has a fair amount of excess vinyl that would have been removed on the production figure. This unfortunately makes it impossible to assemble the figure even partially, and that makes these a little hard to display. Still, it’s interesting to see how the parts would have looked fresh from the molds.
All of the parts have “SM RANCOR” (or “RANCOR SM”) written on them. I’m not sure what “SM” stands for here — my only thought was “soft master” or something similar, since this appears to be made of a softer material than the actual figure. I haven’t had much luck researching the exact purpose that these parts were made for, but if I had to guess I would say they were testing the molds to make sure they worked properly, and used a softer material to make it easier to work with. But that’s just conjecture. It’s possible that they were thinking of using a different, softer material for the figure and were testing how it would work. If anyone has any insight, I’d be interested to hear it.
I also have a prototype for the Jedi Luke figure that originally came with the rancor, which I found from a different source. I figured I might as well have a matched set. Unfortunately, I don’t have the bone he should come with.
The Luke figure is cast in different colors than the production figure. I’m not sure about the color of the head (the flesh color looks a little off to me) but the rest is definitely different. The body is more of a dark grey than the black of the production figure, and his crotch has been cast in red for some reason.