Silk-Screened Prototype for R5-D4 Sticker
Kenner began using silk-screening to produce printed prototypes sometime in the '70s. The company's adoption of the process allowed it to produce things like mock-ups and photosamples without being forced to go through the expensive and time-consuming process of hiring outside printing vendors.

As I'm sure you've already figured out, this is the sticker for R5-D4. It's entirely silk-screened onto a sticker with a crack-and-peel reverse. The colors would have been laid down in three separate passes--one for black, one for blue, and one for red. You can see that whoever made the silk screen mask for this item wrote the three colors onto the mask in the upper right corner, probably so that the person doing the coloring would know what to use.

Design-wise, this is pretty accurate to what was eventually produced, though there are some minor differences apparent.

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


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