Wooden Pattern for Belt to 12" Luke Figure
First of all, I have to apologize for the poor quality of this photo. It was taken many years ago in the Kenner model shop, before this piece of craftsmanship was used to produce a negative epoxy tooling master. The item shown is the original pattern for the belt packaged with the Luke Skywalker large size action figure. At right you see the part of the pattern corresponding to the belt buckle; the end on the left matches up to the clasp that fits inside of this buckle. The materials this is made from appear to be wood and some type of putty/filler. The board you see it mounted on is typical of patterns. It's referred to as a "parting board," since it usually corresponds to the parting line between the two halves of the toy being created. But since Luke's belt had only one detailed side, I suppose it's a misnomer in this case. Although there are no other objects in the photo that might serve as reference points for scale, this was probably made at two times the intended production size, meaning it was about 8 or 9 inches long.
Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Anonymous
From the collection of: Anonymous
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Product Artwork


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