Darth Vader Unpainted 4-up Hardcopy (583-020)
The prototype shown here represents an example of a 4-up used in the production process for Kenner's Micro Collection line. The 4:1 size difference in comparison to its production counterpart makes it a visually appealing prototype as far as displayability. This particular Darth Vader pose is designated by the unique product number 583-022. The first three digits indicate its presence in the Death Star Escape playset, while the last three indicate the particular character/pose. The material most commonly used in the creation of micro 4-ups including the example seen here is referred to as dynacast, a green colored urethane.

Above we see a view of the Darth Vader 4-up's back.

The image above features the unpainted 4-up along with it's companion silicone mold. Silicone RTV molds such as the one seen here were utilized in the creation of the 4:1 hardcopies. A hand painted 1:1 resin squeezing rounds out the series and serves as a nice size comparison. A seperate entry for the silicone mold may be view here.

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


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