Darth Vader 4-up Silicone Mold (258-003)
The prototype shown here represents an example of a Silicone Mold used in the production process for Kenner's Micro Collection line. After the mold is created from the original sculpting it is used to cast hardcopies called 4-ups. This particular Darth Vader pose is designated by the unique product number 258-003. The first three digits indicate its presence in the Bespin Gantry playset, while the last three indicate the particular character/pose.

The image above features the silicone mold along with it's companion unpainted 4-ups (carbalon and dynacast), painted 4-up, gold micro, painted production 1:1, unpainted 1:1, and squeezing. Seperate entries for the unpainted carbalon 4-up and painted 4-up may be viewed here and here.

Prototype collectors, like Jeff, often attempt to assemble complete runs highlighting each portion of the production process which brings a toy from concept to final product. Silicone molds, like the one in this entry, and original sculptings are typically the limiting factors for completing a run since they may no longer exist.

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


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