R2-D2 Play-Doh Unpainted Hardcopy
The R2-D2 prototype shown above served in the development of a portion of the Play-Doh Wicket the Ewok set. The prototype, cast in dynacast, is referred to as a hardcopy. R2-D2 was cast from a silicone mold similar to the one shown here. Hardcopies represent a critical stage in the process of developing steel tooling (molds) used to create injection molded plastic toys.

Notice that the rear face of the hardcopy is devoid of any sculpted detail. The ESB Play-Doh sets featured plastic character molds with detailed cavities on both faces, however subsequent sets, like the Jabba the Hutt and Wicket the Ewok, yielded one-sided Play-Doh figures from their Play-Doh molds. Viewing the unpainted ESB R2-D2 hardcopy seen here visually illsutrates the difference between the one-sided hardcopy in this entry and the earlier 2-sided ones.

The final image shows a number of unpainted Play-Doh hardcopies, which surfaced amongst other prototypes from the collection of an ex-Kenner employee in February, 2006.

Description by: Michael G. Mensinger
Photo: Michael G. Mensinger
From the collection of: Michael G. Mensinger
Country:United States
Film:Wicket the Ewok
Category:Prototypes / Miscellaneous Toys


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