IG-88 Doll Acetate Sculpting
Bill Lemon was the Kenner sculptor who had a method and style all his own. He didn't create his works in the traditional wax medium. Instead he used machines to mill his creations out of acetate which is a very hard plastic that is durable and resistant to wear. It also feels really nice compared to wax originals. Bill sculpted the famous Yak Face as shown in Steve Sansweet's book, Star Wars: From Concept, to Screen, to Collectible. The talent required to machine such incredible pieces is immeasureable and the attention to detail must be great because in this medium there is no way to add material and try things a second time. The IG-88 doll is the rarest in the line but this sculpting dwarfs it in comparison. As can be seen here, the torso and head were each made from two separate pieces that pinned together. The bandolier strap was not present here but is shown in the hardcopy version. The small box on the left contains many little disks that are used to attach the head and limbs. This sculpting can be fully assembled but it is very loose so it will not stand up on it's own.
Description by: Chris Georgoulias
Photo: Gus Lopez
From the collection of: Tom Neiheisel
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Product Artwork


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