Cool! Those are unpainted production figures as far as I know. However the Trunks with blue arms sure is weird! That Trunks figure did not have painted arms when released, they were skin colored plastic, so that sure is weird. Sometimes people call those test shots. I don't really know the purpose of them. Sometimes they could be for testing the mold and other times they are simply figures pulled from the production line before paint has been applied.
Post by TheCollector on Feb 7, 2015 12:02:25 GMT -6
The Yamcha is the earliest production piece. Most are samples. The Gotenks (yellow face) may be a test shot. The more coloring, the later in production they are. All white figures are also samples. It's all based on what colors they have. The Gotenks is a sample, non-factory colors. They should have the factory logo stamped on them. If you know what's stamped on them I may be able to label them better.
Just be careful if you are looking at "prototype" figures on ebay, especially if they are coming from China. There have been many instances, recently, of factory workers or bootleggers just running some new figures in miscoloured and cheap plastic and calling them prototypes.