An R2 unit model miniature from George Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope.
Astromech droids sat behind the cockpit of starfighters to aid the pilots, the most well-known being R2-D2, who accompanied Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) during the assault on the Death Star. A behind-the-scenes photo taken during production shows this exact droid on board a miniature Y-wing, as identified by its hand-painted detail.
The fighters were designed by effects illustrator and designer Joe Johnston, and brought to life by the talented team at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) in San Francisco, who utilised miniatures and pioneered new techniques for their ground-breaking special effects sequences.
The miniature is of only the droid's upper body and head, stopping just below the shoulders, as the rest would have been hidden when placed on the starfighter. It is constructed from cast resin painted white and grey, with black accents on the assorted panels and greeblies built into the mould. Some of the white paint has begun to flake away revealing the resin beneath, and some glue residue remains on the base. It comes presented on a custom-made acrylic display.
Materials: Resin, Acrylic.
Item size - 0.79" x 0.98" x 0.79" (2cm x 2.5cm x 2cm)
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