Acetate Sculpt for Alternate Zuckuss Head
The acetate item you see here represents an early version of the Zuckuss action figure head. Like all Kenner sculpts done in acetate, it was created by Bill Lemon, who did frequent contract work for the Kenner sculpting department.

Here you see a shot of it beside the Zuckuss head as it was actually produced. The changes to Lemon's work should be obvious. While the Lemon version looks very much like the head of a smooth, metallic droid, the production version is insect-like and organic--it even seems to be scowling.

Here are the heads from the back. Pretty significant differences.

It's hard to say what happened here, but it's very possible that Lemon was working from limited reference material, and that this accounts for the poor accuracy of his sculpt.

In any event, after Lemon delivered the head to Kenner, it was probably entirely re-sculpted in wax. It's hard to say if the body was also redone, but I have a feeling it wasn't. The body of the produced Zuckuss figure has the hard lines you'd expect of a Lemon sculpt.

Gus was good enough to trade this piece to me some time back. As you can probably tell, I have it paired with a Dynacast torso. It'd be great to combine it with additional sculpted parts, but, alas, I don't have any. Life zucks, I guess.

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


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