Hoth Turret Defense Decals Original Artwork
Original product artwork, whether it be in the form of toy sculptings, wood patterns or painted images, is usually considered the most desirable category of Kenner prototype. Most pieces are one-of-a-kind, of course, but artwork pieces are significant for another reason--they serve as the masters for mass-produced products; they're the starting point for the toys and packaging images we've all become so familiar with.

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This particular piece of Kenner artwork is interesting because it is for the toy decals. Decals were often used to enhance the appearance of a toy by showing detail that wasn't always economically or physically feasible to duplicate into the plastic molding of the toy. This is a wonderful example of how decals were originally created. Most decals for vehicles and playsets would have been conceptualized in a similar manner. Notice how the overlay defines the cropping of the artwork and specific information, such as a due date, Lucasfilm copyright information, part number and scale to final design (2:1).

Description by: John Wooten
Photo: Tracey Hamilton
From the collection of: Tracey Hamilton
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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