Some more figure prototypes, similar to this one, are up on ebay. They are the Twin Lightning officer, Commander Airlocke and the Hawkwind officer, Commodore Kronax. Both are unfortunately damaged as both lost their right arm! Kronax seems to have lost part of his helmet horn too. The figures can be found here and here.
Starting with Kronax first, the design seems to have stayed the same for the most part although the details are much more sharp in the final product. The major differences I can see are the black breathing tubes that no longer swoop around to his back but appear to connect near the belt; the belt got rid of a clunky round buckle that was attached to it; and the final helmet horns are less spikey. The colors also seem to be a a little more pink than purple in the final product.
As with Kronax, Commander Airlocke didn’t change too much from the original design. The helmet is noticeably bigger and they added some type of vent to the back. The painted details on his chest are different and his shoulder pauldrons might be different but I can’t tell from this angle.
What interests me the most about this figure is being able to see how they assembled him. I took apart one of my Battle Squad soldiers and his torso was hollow and split in half so you could put the various connector pieces of the arms, legs and heads in to lock them in when shutting the torso tight (with glue, I guess). This figure, and I assume all prototype figures, seems to be a sold pieces that has a hole drilled through the chest. A metal rod is then slid in to connect both arms together through the torso. The legs appear to have simple pegs that push in on his hips. I would love to have to have a few more shots to get a closer look at how the rod connected to the arms but also how the leg pegs were attached.
Kronax info from the seller:
Here is an original Hasbro Air Raiders hard copy prototype figure. The figure on the left is the prototype, the figure on the right is the production figure (also included). There are some slight differences between the prototype and production figure. This is a rare opportunity to own a rare piece of Air Raiders history!
Airlocke info from the seller:
Here is an original Hasbro Air Raiders hard copy prototype of the Twin Lightning pilot. The figure on the left is the prototype, the figure on the right is the production figure (also included). There are some slight differences between the prototype and production figure. The right arm is broken at the joint, and is not included. The joints are loose and the figure does not stand well. This is a rare opportunity to own a rare piece of Air Raiders history!