Original Wax Sculpting for Nien Nunb Action Figure
How do you spell Nien Nunb? I ask myself that question every time I type "Nien Nunb" (or some utterly wrong variation of it). Shoot, I can't say the name either. How do you think the folks on Kenner's marketing team felt when Lucasfilm told them that a new character in Return of the Jedi bore a name that it was impossible to say or spell? They were probably just relieved he was cooler looking than General Madine.

No matter how you spell Nien Nunb, there's no doubt that this particular Nien Nunb item is a great piece. "Great piece" isn't difficult to spell, is it? It's the original wax sculpt for the action figure -- the three-dimensional art on which all production figures were based.

Here you see it beside a painted hardcopy of the figure.

This extra pair of legs, done in a wax of a different color, are also in the collection of Broc Walker. Note the nylon disks incorporated into the joints as well as the pencil-drawn parting line bisecting the boot area. These are standard features of sculpts.

Broc believes these to be the final sculpts for the legs, meaning the legs were modified after the completion of the initial sculpt.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Broc Walker
From the collection of: Broc Walker
Country:United States
Film:Return of the Jedi
Category:Prototypes / Product Artwork


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