Obi Wan Kenobi 4-up Hardcopy Paint Master (517-017)
Showcased here is an hand-painted Obi Wan Kenobi 4-up. Ben is designated by the number 517-017. This prototype may also be referred to as a paintmaster. The first three digits represent the Death Star Compactor playset, while the last three indicate the particular character/pose. Ben was only available in one pose and is found only in the Death Star Compactor playset. That fact makes this Ben 4-up all the more unique and the handpainted detail looks quite striking as well!

Here we see a nice rear view of the 4-up showing the nice detail of the cloak.

Above we see a very nice run showing various phases of the production process necessary to bring the Obi Wan Kenobi 4-up from concept to production toy. In the background you'll notice early conceptual art for the character. This art was once part of a larger art board and has been seperated from the original full board. In front of the art we see the paintmaster 4-up along with a matching unpainted 4-up which can be seen separately here. The run is rounded out by an assemblage of 1:1 pieces. From left to right one can see: Gold micro, Production micro w/o saber, Production micro w/ saber, and hand painted micro.

Description by: Michael G. Mensinger
Photo: Alex Sleder
From the collection of: Alex Sleder
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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