Darth Vader 4-up Silicone Mold (583-020)
The prototype shown here represents an example of a Silicone Mold used in the production process for Kenner's Micro Collection line. After the mold is created from the original sculpting it is used to cast hardcopies called 4-ups. 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 image above features the silicone mold along with it's companion unpainted 4-up. A seperate entry for the unpainted 4-up may be viewed here. A hand painted 1:1 resin squeezing rounds out the series and serves as a nice size comparison. Prototype collectors like myself often endeavor to put together complete runs highlighting each portion of the production process which brings a toy from concept to final product. Silicone molds, like the one shown here, and original sculptings are often the limiting factors for completing a run as they may no longer exist.

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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