Just a few minutes ago, we shared the exclusive first official photos and details for the Gentle Giant San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Exclusive Star Wars – Ralph McQuarrie Concept Chewbacca Mini-Bust.The bust is based on the original, unused, pre-production design sketches for Chewbacca by famed illustrator Ralph McQuarrie. The concept design was eventually refined to create the Star Wars Rebeles character Zeb!
The bust is priced at $120 and is extremely limited, just 400 pieces being produced. Gentle Giant Premier Guild Members will be able to pre-order the bust by Clicking Here. T become a member, you can sign up for the Premier Guld Membership. You get access to con exclusive pre-orders, discounts, a $10 gift code, a free Star Wars bust or Jumbo Figure & much more.
If you thought the reveal was all we had, then here’s one more surprise. Gentle Giant sent along one of the Chewbacca Mini-Busts and we have over 45 high resolution photos to check out. Read on to check out the photos as well as a quick review.
Star Wars – Ralph McQuarrie Concept Chewbacca Mini-Bust by Gentle Giant
- Captures a great piece of Star Wars history
- Nicely detailed sculpt
- Very clean paint apps
- Fits in perfectly with other GG Star Wars busts
The concept Chewbacca mini-bust comes in Gentle Giant’s standardized Star Wars bust packaging. The black box features a few photos of the included bust. The rear of the box includes a quick history lesson on the origins of the concept chewie bust, showing the original artwork and sketches. The bottom of the box showcases the edition number. As the one that Gentle Giant sent doesn’t appear to count towards the 400 being offered, this one is listed as “0 of 400”. Once opened, you’ll be treated the the collectible card which also acts as a certificate of authenticity and also features your edition number. The styrofam box has nicely molded Star Wars logo on it.
No assembly is required, and the Chewbacca bust is ready to display right out of the box. It is cast in polystone, so it’s got a nice weight to it. Gentle Giant took great care in matching the features as closely as possible to the pre-production art. The original sketches of Chewie were meant to invoke a lemur-like creature, and the bust certainly has those qualities. The bright, large yellow eyes really pop against the more muted colors of the fur, vest and bandolier. The overall sculpt is stellar, with some great little details in the vest and ammo belts. The fur is nicely detailed as well, with a nice contrasting texture compared to the gloves, vest and rifle. The paint work is strong here, with nice gradations and soft washes to add depth and bring out the sculpted details. The weapons have a nice metallic paint to them adding to the nice overall look.
If you have any of the previous Gentle Giant Ralph McQuarrie Concept Busts, then this is going to fit in nicely. We want to thank Gentle Giant for letting us share in the fun. Check out a few select photos below, with the full gallery after that. In keeping with the theme, all of the Star Wars backdrops used in this gallery consist of artwork by Ralph McQuarrie.