Before an action figure is produced and shipped to stores, a handful
of carded versions are produced for quality control purposes. Once these
samples are signed off on, then the toy begins full-scale production.
Pictured above is a carded sample of Eco-Warriors Deep-Six
(1992) with the black Killer Whale sidekick. During quality control,
these figures were rejected and never released to the public. Production
of the figure was redone with the Dolphin sidekick in gray, instead
These carded samples never reached toy stores. However, the approximately
24 carded samples that were produced have slowly made their way into
the hands of collectors.
Despite the fact that the toy was never released in toy stores, Deep
Six with Killer Whale was picked up on by Action Figure magazines and
hyped up. As a result, this prototype has become very well-known among
Strangely, when Deep-Six appeared in the Hasbro Toy Fair catalog as
pictured below, the face mask was an earlier clouded prototype, yet
Finback was the later gray version.