Wax Sculpt for Ree Yees Action Figure
I always thought Ree Yees was a pretty lame character. But then I read his bio at Wookieepedia. Says there that he's an alcoholic assassin on the run from the law who somehow ended up as the caretaker of Jabba's hideous burping frog-dog. It also claims that he's the bane of galactic travelers because -- get this -- he has a habit of using the flash on his camera when he's not supposed to. (I wonder: Is that more or less serious than being an alcoholic murderer?) Reading this has given me a new respect for Ree Yees -- he actually sounds a bit like the space version of Hunter S. Thompson. But it's also increased my nerdiness by about 800%. It's going to take a long time for my brain to purge itself of all this Ree Yees trivia.

Anyway, I'm making jokes at the expense of poor Ree Yees because I don't have a ton to say about the item spotlighted in this entry, which is the original wax sculpt for the Ree Yees action figure. It's a great piece, obviously, being the origin of every Ree Yees action figure produced and sold around the world. One of the nicest things about it is its state of preservation: I don't think I've seen another wax sculpt in such immaculate condition.

I'm fortunate to own a few pre-production items related to Ree Yees. Above you see, from left to right, a painted protomolded figure, a painted hardcopy (with protomolded gun), and an unpainted hardcopy. I also own the glorious Ree Yees conceptual item seen here. It's the only known toy depicting Ree Yees preparing to deploy his dastardly camera flash.

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


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