Flash Painted First Shot


Showcased here is a first shot of Flash. First shots, often referred to as "test shots" or "engineering pilots" are utilized to ensure a proper quality product is generated from the steel production molds. Since copyright markings and dates are added to the production molds late in the process, first shots typically lack them. Early test shots may be found in non-production colored plastic while later test shots, like the one seen here, may mimic the final product both in plastic color and paint scheme. Unpainted non-production color first shots and hand painted first shots tend to be coveted most highly by prototype collectors since the differences from their production counterparts are aesthetically pleasing.

The above photo affords a nice view of the absence of any copyright information on the leg. Although this first shot isn't visually striking, it makes a nice addition to a character series geared towards capturing a figure throughout as many production process stages as possible. The first shot matches nicely with the unpainted hardcopy and protomolded paintmaster showcased on the site.

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