Luke Stormtrooper Disguise Painted Harcopy Helmet
This is a hardcopy helmet for the Luke in Stormtrooper Disguise figure. It was hand-cast from a rubber mold made directly from the original wax sculpture of the figure. While such fully-painted hardcopy pieces are often referred to as "paint masters," meaning they are used to indicate the coloration of the final production figures, this particular piece originated at Toy Fair in New York, where it functioned as a display model of sorts, meant to represent the finished product to Kenner buyers. As you can see, the helmet is painted in a manner identical to the production figure. It is a little larger than the production helmet, however, as it was exempt from the shrinkage caused by the injection-molding process.

By this point in time Kenner seems to have been employing both traditional hardcopies and internally-made injection molded figures for representing product at times prior to mass-production. As you can see from the green coloration of the interior of this helmet, the Dynacast urethane material was retained for this application.

This helmet is a neat piece, primarily due to its affiliations with one of the vintage line's most popular figures.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:Power of the Force
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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