Mock-Up Box for PDT-8 Mini-Rig
This is a truly cool piece. It's a conceptual mock-up for the package to the PDT-8 mini-rig. Basically, the item consists of a generic white box onto which reproductions of rough hand sketches have been applied. Paper has also been used in order to create overlays displaying alternate design ideas.

Here you see a close-up of the proposed main image, sketched on a piece of overlaying paper. It very closely resembles the image used on the final production box, although, on the production box, there were no Leia figure or TaunTaun present.

Here is a view of the box front with the paper overlay raised. It reveals the alternate main image, rendered directly onto the box cardboard. It's similar to the overlay sketch, but it is reversed and the title of the toy appears directly below the ESB logo rather than beside it.

Interestingly, there is yet another paper overlay on this alternate image. It is placed over the toy title. When raised, the early title of the toy is revealed: DPT-8, short for "Droid Personnel Transport".

All in all, this piece provides an intriguing look into the conceptual phases of package design.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Prototype Packaging and Proofs


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