|Logray Conceptual One-Piece Hardcopy|
|This piece from the Ewoks line represents an early sculpt for the Logray figure. As you might be able to tell by comparing the photographs below, it differs substantially from the toy that was eventually released. For one thing, the slopes of the two figure's faces are slightly different, as are the details of their respective beards and mustaches. For another, head two figure's head dresses are slightly different, as our the expressions on their faces (the production figure has one eye more widely opened). Several other, more subtle differences are evident in the orientation of the should bags (or should I call it a purse? :^) and the ways in which the two outfits are made to look as though they're draped over the bodies of the figures (this is most noticeable at the lower regions of the two figures).
But the most notable characteristic of the protoype is its construction: it's made of one piece of urethane material, not of several parts. It is my opinion that Kenner never intended this prototype to lead directly to a finished figure. It's more likely that it was sculpted quickly and in one piece, so that hardcopies could be made of it, painted and used as photographic samples in catalogs and other promotional materials. By the way, a staff was originally grasped in the figure's outstretched hand. It's been broken.
In fact, a figure identical to this one makes an appearance in Kenner's 1985 Toy Fair catalog alongside a similar one-piece conceptual hardcopy of the Ewoks Wicket figure. It's possible that this piece was created prior to Kenner's receiving final design specs from Lucasfilm regarding their animated characters. If this was indeed the case, Kenner, realizing they'd need photography samples far ahead of the line's debut, may have went ahead and made these early versions as a safety measure. Later, when the character designs were finalized and approved, work went ahead on the production sculpts.
One last photo, this one showing the bottoms of the figure's feet. As you can see, they have "Logray" written on them, probably so that no one would mistake this for an unproduced Wilford Brimley figure.
Any way you look at it, this is a neat piece. I actually like the cartoony look of it more than I do that of the production figure.
|Description by:||Ron Salvatore|
|From the collection of:||Chris Georgoulias|
|Category:||Prototypes / Action Figure Related|