Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer was a toy designer who got a chance to pitch Lucasfilm right before Star Wars: Episode I came out. Most of their ideas didn’t make it to market, but the concepts they’ve scanned in and put online are hilarious. I can’t believe Lucasfilm hasn’t done a Jabba the Hutt beanbag.
To say we were excited is an understatement. However, there were a few problems. One, since we were not yet an approved vendor to Lucasfilm, we had to use the Original Trilogy to concept with as we couldn’t be shown anything from Episode One. Lucasfilm would review our concepts and let us know if anything could apply to the new movie (this was a painful process that involved discarding far more ideas than the ones that were kept). Two, it was only a year away from the release of Episode One, and most manufacturing lead times were anywhere from 18-12 months to get the product made and to stores. But beggars can’t be choosers, and we hit the ground running.
Rejected! A long, long time ago… [ActionFigureInsider.com] (Thanks, Matt & Michael!)