Continuing our long running line of convention exclusive mini busts based on the early concept art of the original Star Wars Trilogy, Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to unveil the 2018 Yoda Concept Mini Bust.
The early designs and illustrations of Yoda share similarities to that of the final version seen in The Empire Strikes Back. The original concepts contain several familiar elements of the character such as his wise eyes, his robes and his cane that made it through to the final production. This mini bust explores a fascinating look into the early conceptual development.
Designed, modeled and prototyped using top of the line 3D technology, the 1:6th scale Yoda (Concept Series) mini bust is hand cast, hand-painted and hand-numbered with a limited edition Certificate of Authenticity.
The bust is a limited edition of only 750 pieces.
Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”
The first film in the series, Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope), was released on May 25, 1977 by 20th Century Fox and became a worldwide pop culturephenomenon. It was followed by the similarly successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy. A prequel trilogy was later released between 1999 and 2005, which received a more mixed reaction from critics and fans, compared to the original trilogy. All six films were nominated for or won Academy Awards, and were commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of $4.38 billion, making Star Wars the fifth-highest-grossing film series. The series has spawned an extensive media franchise—the Star Wars expanded universe—including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books, resulting in significant development of the series’s fictional universe. Star Wars also holds a Guinness World Records title for the “Most successful film merchandising franchise.” In 2012, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at USD $30.7 billion, including box-office receipts as well as profits from their video games and DVD sales.
In 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion and announced three new Star Wars films; the first film of that trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was released on December 18, 2015. 20th Century Fox retains the physical distribution rights to the first two Star Wars trilogies, owning permanent rights for the original 1977 film and holding the rights to Episodes I–III, V and VI until May 2020. The Walt Disney Studios owns digital distribution rights to all the Star Wars films, excluding A New Hope.
Read more about Star Wars here or visit their official website.