Darth Vader 4-up Hardcopy Paint Master (258-004)
Showcased here is a painted Darth Vader 4-up. This striking pose is designated by the number 258-004. The first three digits represent the Bespin Gantry playset, while the last three indicate the particular character/pose. A 1:1 unpainted micro was included in the above pictures to give a sense of the immense size of the 4-up paintmaster compared to the production toy's size. The dueling pose is argueably one of the most dynamic of any Vader pose sculpted for the micro collection. The long flowing cape and lunging pose masterfully capture the menacing posture of the character.

Above we see a rear view of the 4-up. Typically 4-ups featuring dueling stances exhibit only the peg onto which the lightsaber attaches. Thankfully this specimen includes the saber! This amazing paintmaster, along with a large collection of painted 3 3/4" figure hardcopies and micro 4-ups, originated from a large find brokered by The Earth Collectible Toy mall a few years ago.

Finally, we see Darth Vader leading an army of stormtroopers into battle. This amazing 4-up group, once assembled by John Wooten, included a paintmaster for each stormtrooper pose available in the micro line. It included stormtroopers from the Bespin Freeze Chamber, Death Star Compactor, and Death Star Escape.

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


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