Darth Vader Unpainted 4-up Hardcopy (258-004)
Showcased here is an unpainted Darth Vader 4-up. This striking pose is designated by the number 258-004. The first three digits represent the Bespin Gantry playset, while the last three indicate the particular character/pose. A 1:1 unpainted micro was included in the above pictures to give a sense of the immense size of the 4-up.

Above we see a rear view of the 4-up. As you may have noticed from the first picture, Vader's dueling arm appears rather flat on the underside. An air pocket likely formed inside the silicone mold during the 4-ups creation resulting in void of material in that area of the mold. Regardless, this 4-up is still very impressive and highly coveted.

The final shot illustrates the bottom of the base. As you may notice, a protrusion of dynacast exists. This pour stem results from the presence of an opening in the silicone mold, called a "gate", where the casting material is poured into the mold. Typically a pour stem of this nature would be sanded down to make the 4-up base smooth and flat. Since the air pocket resulted in such a large casting flaw on the arm, this 4-up could not serve its purpose and was likely deemed unusable, especially as tooling master. As such, sanding of the pour stem was not a worthwhile endeavor. Smaller casting flaws, like the one seen on the base's front rim may be filled in with an epoxy-like substance, however that would not be possible in the case of the 4-up's arm as too much detail was lost. Regardless, the dueling pose is argueably one of the most dynamic of any Vader pose sculpted for the Micro Collection.

Description by: Michael G. Mensinger
Photo: Thomas Garvey
From the collection of: Thomas Garvey
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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