|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|
|From the collection of:||Anonymous|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Prototypes / Product Concepts|