Mock-Up R2-D2 Action Figure

This confidential internal Kenner photo shows what is almost certainly the first three-dimensional representation of an R2-D2 action figure.

This photograph, along with twelve others from this collection, is dated May 10th, 1977, a mere 15 days before A New Hope hit theaters. It is likely this figure was created shortly before that. Considering that it takes a toy company approximately 12-18 months to get a toy from concept to store shelf, we can see how truly behind Kenner was in bringing Star Wars toys to the market.

This R2-D2 is handmade, probably created with parts from other model kits or by hand with a material such as styrene. R2's body, dome, and legs have stickers on them representing intricate detail. For being a mock-up, this R2 looks surprisingly similar to the production version.

The Star Wars Collectors Archive is proud to ring in 2006 with these never-before-seen photos. Who could have imagined what these few prototype toys would eventually lead to 29 years later. Indeed, these prototypes would form the basis for many kids' childhoods, created a legion of collectors, and revolutionized the toy industry itself.

The other photographs from this collection are of:

Description by: Isaac Lew
Photo: Isaac Lew
From the collection of: Anonymous
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Product Concepts


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