Gentle Giant reveal their latest SDCC Exclusive a Ralph McQuarrie concept Chewbacca mini-bust
Gentle Giant earlier this evening, revealed their latest Star Wars mini-bust to be a Ralph McQuarrie concept version of Chewbacca. This mini-bust is one of Gentle Giant’s SDCC 2016 exclusives and strictly limited to a small production run of 400 pieces.
Ralph McQuarrie was an american concept designer and illustrator, his work can be seen in many well known films and TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica, E.T. and Cocoon. However he is widely regarded as the godfather of the look and feel of the original Star Wars films. McQuarrie’s involvement with the films was far reaching and many of the Star Wars characters we love and behold today were his own creations such as Darth Vader, R2-D2 and of course, Chewbacca. This lastest mini-bust is based of McQuarrie’s original pre-production illustrations for Chewbacca from the seventies, a far cry from the final design we all know but you can see the resemblances in the long body hair and bandolier Chewbacca is always seen wearing.
Ralph McQuarrie once had the following to say on his involvement with the original Star Wars trilogy:
“I just did my best to depict what I thought the film should look like, I really liked the idea. I didn’t think the film would ever get made. My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn’t be enough of an audience. It’s just too complicated. But George knew a lot of things that I didn’t know.”
Each of the 400 limited-edition busts were digitally sculpted, cold cast in high quality polystone and are hand painted. Each bust comes individually numbered and includes a matching certificate of authenticity. We have multiple photos of the the model at the end of this article.
Sadly at the time of writing this article, just hours after the product was posted for pre-order on Gentle Giant’s website, the Ralph McQuarrie concept Chewbacca mini-bust is fully sold out. For those of you interested the $120 bust can still be viewed on the Gentle Giant website.
While we will never be able to own this amazing Chewbacca concept mini-bust be sure to check out the rest of Gentle Giant’s Star Wars offerings as they have some utterly amazing busts, maquettes and statues for sale.
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