Rebel Soldier 4-up Hardcopy Paint Master (463-015)
This Rebel Soldier prototype is a 4-up hardcopy for one of the Rebel Soldiers (463-015) found in the Hoth Turret Defense playset. It is entirely handpainted and the term paint master is used to describe it. Paintmasters were integral in assuring the correct colors were used for the production toy. The 4-up is cast in a green urethane referred to as dynacast, which was the most commonly used urethane for 4-ups. A matching silicone mold can be seen here.

The photo above shows the other side of the 4-up. In today's prototype market it is essential to be well versed with the materials Kenner utilized for hardcopies during the respective time period of the line. In addition to dynacast other urethanes were used to a lesser extent to create 4-ups. One of these less frequent materials is carbalon, a brownish urethane often associated with early 3 3/4" figure hardcopies. With the prevalence of modern reproduction 4-ups and Blue Harvest 4-ups collectors should familiarize themselves with legitimate examples in order to make educated purchases.

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


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