Luke Bespin Early Unpainted 4-up Hardcopy and 1:1 series
Above we see a dynamic prototype series from the Micro Collection line. This early version of Luke Bespin was taken all the way through the production process in order to assist Kenner in tweaking the process needed to produce the best possible product for the Micro Collection Line. We see an incredibly wide variety of prototypes related to this early Luke in the above photo. The unpainted 4-up is cast in white urethane. While the white urethane is not as common as dynacast, legitimate pieces from various Kenner lines have surfaced in this urethane.

Above we see the number 5 written on the 4-up's base. It is believed this number likely represents that this was the 5th 4-up made for this early Luke. It should be noted that only two examples of this 4-up have surfaced to date.

Finally, we see a close-up showcasing the assemblage of 1:1 prototypes. In the top row from left to right we see: unpainted, unpainted (different base holes), painted, painted w/ variant paint scheme, clear plastic test shot, unpainted with clear plastic lightsaber, unpainted w/ saber portion drilled out , unpainted w/o base.

The bottom row from left to right shows: fully painted production, test painted production version, unpainted production version, rubber Ral Parth, plastic Ral Partha, unpainted Ral Partha, Ral Parth without base.

Description by: Michael G. Mensinger
Photo: Jeff Correll
From the collection of: Jeff Correll
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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