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Vintage SW Boba Fett 21 Back-C AFA 75 (C80 B75 F80) #10221398 - Actual Photo

Vintage SW Boba Fett 21 Back-C AFA 75 (C80 B75 F80) #10221398 - Actual Photo

SKU SV3C2BOBAFETTC9+*AFA10221398

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About this figure:
The Star Wars 21 Back Boba Fett is a premier action figure in the pantheon of Star Wars collectibles.  There are fundamentally two reasons for this.  Boba Fett is widely regarded as cool and popular among Star Wars collectors, and because this was the first 3 ¾” Boba Fett action figure produced.  Boba Fett’s first appearance in a Star Wars package features 21 different figures on the back of the card, thus the term “21 back”.  The artwork on the packaging is the first to be completely an artist’s rendition, as he had not yet appeared in a movie at the time of his release as an action figure (contrary to the first 20 figures which all showed them included in scenes from the original Star Wars: A New Hope film).   The iconic “fireball” image combined with the character’s notoriety make this a classic action figure for all-time, as well as prized investment.

12 Back, A, B, and C

The term “12 back” is collector jargon for the first release of Star Wars action figures released on card backs during the late 1970’s.  The number 12 refers to the number of action figures shown on the back of the figure’s card.  The first 12 Star Wars action figures are lined up and pictured in a single row.  They are listed below:
  • Ben Kenobi
  • C-3PO
  • Chewbacca
  • Darth Vader
  • Death Squad Commander
  • Han Solo
  • Jawa
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Princess Leia
  • R2-D2
  • Stormtrooper
  • Tusken Raider
The Star Wars 12 backs are among the highest priced vintage Star Wars toys.  While they were produced in very high numbers, the demand for this series outstrips the demand for all other series due to its iconic status as the debut set of Star Wars action figures produced on card backs.  If a Star Wars collector only has 12 action figures in his collection, it is likely you will find the items he has collected are a 12 back set.


20/21 Back

The second series of Star Wars action figures produced in the late 1970’s is referred to as Star Wars 20 backs (and Star Wars 21 backs).  After completing a Star Wars 12 back set, this second series is the next natural progression in vintage Star Wars toy collecting.  The 8 new figures that were introduced in addition to the original 12, to now show 20 figures on the back of the card are:

  • Death Star Droid
  • Greedo
  • Hammerhead
  • Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot
  • Power Droid
  • R5-D4
  • Snaggletooth
  • Walrus Man

The last 3 ¾” Star Wars action figure produced on the Star Wars logo card was Boba Fett, who was introduced as the 21st figure thus creating the Star Wars 21 back card. 
Generally the 20 back cards will have various “offers” on the front of the card, often times referring to the upcoming 21st figure as the Boba Fett with rocket firing spring action.  Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, the Boba Fett figure was ultimately released without the much anticipated rocket firing mechanism.  The 21 back cars are more commonly available with no offers on the front.  There is generally not much of a variance in price between the 20 backs and the 21 backs.


The 9 above figures were shown in addition to the original 12 Star Wars figures below, which rounds out all 21 figures shown on the 21 back card.

  • Ben Kenobi
  • C-3PO
  • Chewbacca
  • Darth Vader
  • Death Squad Commander
  • Han Solo
  • Jawa
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Princess Leia
  • R2-D2
  • Stormtrooper
  • Tusken Raider

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