Action figures usually start as "Hard Copies". These models
are used to create the molds that are used to press out a run of "First
shots" or "Test shots". These test shots are done in
many different colors and lack a date stamp until the production run
Pictured above is a first shot of Cobra Blackstar. It is made of resin
and has been prepared for hand-painting with a coat of primer. Note
that the figure would have re-used an existing mold's legs, waist, and
arms. Therefore, they are not pictured.