Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Holy crap! Check out this exclusive convention item!


Octopunk said...

Gaaaaah! AWESOME!


What convention? When do they show up on eBay?

That is so freakin' cool. I've always liked that particular McQuarrie concept painting, and how it doesn't quite "get it." Of all the concept paintings to make figures of, I think this is it. IT.

Damn, I want one.

JPX said...

Yeah, it looks like Ebay will be in our future. I'll spend up to $100 for this baby, I've always wanted this done and it's a two pack! Here's the dirt,

Celebration Action Figure Exclusive!
April 02, 2007

The action figure exclusive for Star Wars Celebration IV and Star Wars Celebration Europe will give fans not one, but two super-collectible figures that never before have been available anywhere. Modeled after artist Ralph McQuarrie's original concept illustrations for beloved droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, the figures celebrate the 30-year legacy of the Star Wars saga as well as the creative, guiding vision of McQuarrie, whose drawings helped George Lucas convince studio directors to back the very first Star Wars movie.
Collectors, and fans of the bickering droid twosome, will not want to miss the opportunity to pick up this limited edition pair in either one or both of their variant editions while supplies last. First chance comes at the Celebration IV Store, May 24 -- 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. These figures will be packaged with their exclusive Celebration IV backer card and a commemorative coin, and are exclusively for sale at the initial retail price only at Star Wars Celebration IV. The special coin will have a Celebration IV logo on one side.

The second chance comes at the Celebration Europe Store at the ExCeL exhibition center in London July 13-15. The figures will be packaged with a special Celebration Europe backer card and a different commemorative coin with the Celebration Europe logo on one side. Here's your chance to beat the online scalpers and get one or both of these variant packages and coins at the retail price. Quantities will be limited at both events. McQuarrie's early production illustrations of C-3PO drew inspiration from the golden android in Fritz Lang's Metropolis. In initial drawings for R2-D2, the plucky droid displayed flexible, exterior claws that would later become a number of handy attachments hidden inside Artoo's more streamlined exterior. Very early story treatments featured the bickering droids on the Imperial side of the conflict, but they evolved to become tenacious, if unlikely, Rebel heroes. McQuarrie's first painting of the droids was one of five pieces of art shown to the Twentieth Century Fox board of directors prior to their approving the initial budget for what was then called "The Star Wars."

For Celebration IV, quantities of the action figures will be limited per person, based on which admission badge is purchased. Those purchasing 4-day badges will be able to purchase four of the droid figure packs, while supplies last. There are four Imperial symbols on the bottom left of the 4-day badge; these symbols will be punched to show the number of action figures purchased. Those with 1-day badges have one Imperial symbol on their badges, and can purchase one figure pack. Badges will be punched at time of purchase.

The Celebration IV Store is scheduled to be open 24 hours per day throughout the weekend. Members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club will enjoy a shopping day (and night!) scheduled just for them, from noon on Thursday, May 24 through 10 AM on Friday, May 25.

Details will be posted soon about the Celebration Europe Store and how to purchase the exclusive European action figure two-pack there. Don't miss out on this cool and unique collectible, symbolic of the legacy of Star Wars, at Celebration IV and Celebration Europe!

Octopunk said...

"McQuarrie's first painting of the droids was one of five pieces of art shown to the Twentieth Century Fox board of directors..."

There should be figs for all five pieces of art (if that's even applicable).

Like you said in your email, Luke with that gas mask would be great.