C-3PO Bacta Chamber Unproduced Unpainted 4-up Hardcopy
This is a C-3PO 4UP from the unproduced Hoth Bacta Chamber playset. As you can see it is completely unpainted and made of a green casting material known as Dynacast. Although we don't have a production sized figure shown for scale this piece would have been sculpted in wax at 4x the size of production. Micro Collection figures were sculpted this way for better detailing. A silcone mold would then be made from the wax sculpt and 4UP hardcopies would be pulled from it. Later, one of these 4UPs would be used in a pantograph and a scaled down mold would be cut at 1/4 the size of the hardcopy. From this mold production size figures would be made. An unpainted metal version of the what would have been production sized figure can be seen here.

Other figures that would have been included with this set were 2-1B, FX-7, and Luke (in diaper).

Description by: John J. Alvarez
Photo: Tracey Hamilton
From the collection of: Tracey Hamilton
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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