Millennium Falcon Decals Original Artwork
Much of the work that goes into developing a mass-produced toy is rarely thought about by either consumer or collector. Decals, for instance: While you were you carefully applying them (or, if you were like me, misapplying them) to your newly-bought toys as a child, did you ever stop to think who created the original art they derived from? My guess is that you didn't. And yet without these colorful details the toy wouldn't have looked half as good as you "flew" it through countless imaginary asteroid fields and Death Star assaults.

Anyway, the two items you see represented here are the original pieces of craftmanship used to produce thousands of Micro Collection Millennium Falcon decal sheets. The first image above includes the art for the engine decal (upper left), as well as a bunch of smaller details, which, as you can tell from the accompanying text, were planned to be hand-applied by the consumer. There are also several "Pantone" color swatches applied to the art, in order to accurately designate the color hues to whatever vendor reproduced these as decals. In the upper right corner you'll notice that the art is described as "2x1," meaning it was rendered at twice the intended production scale.

Here's the second portion. These two boards were originally connected to each other, but they've become separated over time. The decals depicted here were planned to be applied at the factory, before the toy was assembled and packaged in its box (notice the "factory applied" comment at the left of the board). You just have to love the all these little mechanical details!

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Anonymous
From the collection of: Anonymous
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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