|B-Wing Fighter Wood Pattern|
|Prototype from the heavens. A sale blessed by Jesus Christ himself
What a surprise find this was! After talking to several Kenner pattern makers from the Star Wars years, the possibility that any original wood patterns from the toy line still existed seemed pretty slim. The process of making a negative epoxy copy usually destroyed the original models, tearing off major details at best, breaking it into small pieces at worst.
Most pattern makers seemed certain every wood pattern had been destroyed, until I met the man who built this exquisitely detailed B-Wing pattern, which somehow escaped almost unscathed. There are only a few places where the Bondo detail has broken off.
This pattern is made from cherry wood, with all the surface details done using Bondo putty, much like is used in auto repair. Acquiring a piece directly from the craftsman who created it adds a whole new dimension to collecting, and allows you to peer into the process that made it and why things were done as they were.
It is clear from all the Kenner employees I've met who worked on the Star Wars line that those were fun and exciting times to work there, and it's wonderful to be able to share in their stories about working on the toys we all know and love.
Many thanks to a dilligent, anonymous collector (you know who you are!), who was instrumental in tracking down this lead!
|Description by:||Todd Chamberlain|
|From the collection of:||Todd Chamberlain|
|Film:||Return of the Jedi|
|Category:||Prototypes / Product Artwork|