|Walrus Man 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 Walrus Man 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.
Here's a closeup. Unlike most of the earlier blueprints from this find, this one does not feature Pantone color specifications. From the outset, it was probably planned that this blueprint would be photocopied and colored in with markers in order to indicate production colors. Thus, the textual color references were not necessary.
This is the cover of the porfolio in which all of these blueprints are stored.
Here we have the colored photocopy referred to above. 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. However, it's worth noting that the figure is shown here bearing different colors than it did once it was actually produced. In fact, this very '70s orange/brown combination was used on early prototype examples of this figure, at least one of which made it into promotional photography.
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|
|Photo:||Ron Salvatore, Jordan Hembrough|
|From the collection of:||Jordan Hembrough|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Prototypes / Action Figure Related|