|Luke Skywalker Action Figure Blueprint and Color Specification Sheet|
|The blueprint you see here was part of an incredible find of pre-production material relating to the design of the first Kenner Star Wars figures. The were made by one of the original designers of the line, a man who had a hand in the creation of every Star Wars action figure made prior to the debut of Boba Fett in 1979. Following his departure from Kenner, this designer took all the bluprints he saved--16 in all--and bound them in a portfolio with an attractive Star Wars cover. I don't think I have to resort to a lot of fancy adjectives to drive home how significant this stuff is-- it's representative of the design process behind one of the most popular toy lines in history. 'Nuf said.
Here you see the Luke Skywalker blueprint. As you can see, it's not incredibly precise in terms of proportions and details. This is likely because these blueprints weren't used to set exact sculpting/prototyping specifications as were some other blueprints; rather, they probably allowed the designer to work out his ideas on paper and present his concepts to other members of the Kenner staff. The image sort of vacillates between representing the character as seen in the movie and taking into account the features necessary on any mass produced toy. Thus, while Luke seems to have realistic rather than molded plastic "clothes," thin lines have been carefully rendered around the shoulders and crotch area in order to indicate the nature and location of the figure's joints.
Here's a closeup. The text you see at certain points on the paper refers to the colors that were to be used when painting or molding various parts of the figure (the saber hilt, the limbs, the head, etc.). In the lower left is a small chart which specifies the exact color of each component. It refers to the Pantone system, a standardized color palette used in the design profession.
As you might have noticed, the figure's utility belt features several details not present on the final version of the figure. Here's a closeup of the "electro-binoculars," which probably would have been molded onto the figure.
A so-called "droid control box" is also included.
This is the cover of the porfolio in which all of these blueprints are stored.
Apparently, the color notations weren't totally sufficient, and some photocopies were made of each blueprint, which were colored in the appropriate manner using markers. Once colored, the figure representations would be better able to approximate the final look of the toys at in house design meetings and the like.
Here's a detail shot of the colored photocopy.
Make no mistake, this is neat stuff. The fact that it comes from so early in the history of the Star Wars toy line only makes it sweeter.
|Description by:||Ron Salvatore|
|From the collection of:||Jordan Hembrough|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Prototypes / Action Figure Related|