Luke Bespin Blue Harvest Unpainted 4-up Hardcopy (256-001)
Authentic action figure and Micro Collection vintage hardcopies were primarily cast in brown (carbalon) and green (dynacast) urethane, although a few other colors, like gray, white, or black, show up on occasion. This Luke Bespin (256-001) unpainted 4-up hardcopy from the Bespin Control Room playset is cast in a blue urethane, which was not used during the vintage Star Wars era, however is extremely commonplace on modern day hardcopies. So, how is it that a vintage 4-up hardcopy was crafted in a material which doesn't correspond to its era? During the early 90's, authentic vintage action figure and Micro Collection silicone molds were used inside Kenner to create hardcopies for sale on the secondary market. Thankfully information came to light years back to debunk the claim that these "Blue Harvest" pieces were authentic prototypes. While they were cast from the original silicone molds, they played no part in the production process. This characteristic makes them reproductions, although somewhat more collectible than a typical reproduction item due to their place in hobby history. It's imperative when purchasing an item of this nature to note that "Blue Harvest" hardcopies, both action figure and Micro Collection, hold a lower value compared to authentic unpainted hardcopies.
Description by: Michael G. Mensinger
Photo: Todd Chamberlain
From the collection of: Jeff Correll
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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