Cloud Car Pilot Painted Hardcopy
This is a hand painted hardcopy of the Twin-Pod Cloud Car Pilot that was released in the 1982 Empire Strikes Back toy line. Pictured alongside the production version of the figure (the hardcopy is on the left), you'll notice the prototype is slightly larger. Because injected plastic cools and shrinks after being cast, this hardcopy, cast in this case from a brown urethane named carbalon, would not shrink as much when compared to the production version. The figure lacks copyright dates and a country of origin as the steel molds which were used to produce the figure would be used later on and at this stage of development, the figure is cast from rubber molds with one for each figure piece. It also lacks peg holes in the feet.

The piece is entirely handpainted and the limbs can be detached. You can notice the carbalon material in the below photo.

This piece served as a photography example; it surfaced from one of the head photographers of most of Kenner's catalog photography. I believe this figure to be the same exact one featured on a number of Empire era displays, in particular the "Collect All 48" mobile display.

Description by: Steve York
Photo: Steve York
From the collection of: Steve York
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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