C-3PO Chorus Line
In truth, I don't know what Archive category to file this under. It's not a prototype, exactly, though it came from a former Kenner employee and includes what look to be some pre-production C-3PO figures. And it's certainly not a licensed product, though I'd buy one in a heartbeat if it were.

No, this is more of an objet d'art--a beautiful piece of craftsmanship to savor and enjoy.

I'm only being half-serious, but that's what the creator of this item referred to it as: his "art." A former model maker and engineer, he'd had a hand in developing some of the most popular Kenner toys in the 1970s--things like Blythe and TTP. But he also fancied himself an amateur artist, and his place was strewn with the evidence. Odd bits of whimsy were everywhere.

This item was perched above a door jamb in his kitchen. As you tell, it consists of a bunch of C-3PO figures screwed into a wooden base. The figures are doing the Cancan. I guess this shouldn't be surprising. I mean, this is C-3PO we're talking about.

I don't know what's funnier--that this thing exists at all or the fact that one of the droids has a Tusken Raider head.

All the figures are completely unpainted and are held together with screws and glue. Some of them are made of a tan plastic while others are slightly translucent.

Unfortunately, the former employee and his living mate were heavy smokers, and I had to scrub this thing down with about a gallon of windex to get it clean. But what's a little restoration when you're dealing with great art?

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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