Life-sized Chewbacca Bust – Signature Edition
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Update – With the passing earlier this year of Peter Mayhew, the legendary actor who originated the role of Chewbacca™, we worked with Lucasfilm, Peter Mayhew’s family and the Peter Mayhew Foundation to transform this limited edition bust into a tribute to the late actor who portrayed our favorite Wookiee™. Learn more in this blog entry.
Regal Robot™ is proud to present our first limited edition life-sized bust from our Custom Character Studio: the Mighty Chewbacca! Further, we’re excited to announce that each highly realistic sculpture will include a plaque signed by Peter Mayhew, who originated the role of this classic character! No more than 50 pieces will be made.
Based on his appearance in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, this new collectible was developed with access to an original production-made face skin and teeth castings, along with hands-on examination of the original costume, mask and hair used in the original trilogy films.
This highly detailed 1:1 recreation of everyone’s favorite Wookiee is produced in our New York studios. Each bust takes hours of hands-on work by our artists, from hand paint to carefully hand-glued FX style hair, and features custom acrylic prosthetic eyes, translucent resin teeth with silicone tongue, and a display stand. Learn more about this incredible new bust in our “Character Story” below!
We are currently in production on these busts and orders are expected to ship in late Summer of 2019.
Continental US shipping is $99. Please contact us for a quote for shipping to AK, HI or United States territories. At this time, Star Wars products may only be shipped to addresses within the US and US Territories.
Recreating an Artifact
“The cantina sequence in Star Wars immediately captured my imagination in 1977. The scene not only introduced a galaxy of aliens, but was our first glimpse at Chewbacca, an enduring character who’s fascinated me for years! In my professional life, I’ve been fortunate to work on a number of Chewie related projects, from restorations to re-creations, and have studied various versions of the character up close and hands-on. I’m so excited to be able to bring that experience to our work in our new Custom Character Studio and hope that fans can see the love and care that went into this tribute to one of my favorite characters!” Tom Spina (Regal Robot founder).
Our new Life Sized Chewbacca Bust – Signature Edition is being offered in an extremely small edition of no more than 50 pieces. Each will be hand produced by our New York artists. Great care was put into developing each aspect of this life-sized bust, from the original sculpture, details like the teeth, palate and eyes, to the specific hair colors within the fur.
Working with an original foam latex face produced by Stuart Freeborn, who created Chewbacca for the original films, we used both digital technology and practical effects artistry to bring this character to life. While sculpting the head in clay, Tom Spina approached this as we would a restoration, maintaining as much of the original subtle style of detail and texture as possible. Castings of original production teeth were carefully re-tooled and cast in translucent resin for use in this bust, and lineage like that helped us to be extremely authentic to the original movie masks.
The spark of Chewbacca’s personality comes through in the hand sculpted eyes, a slightly opened mouth and just a touch of head tilt. Even details you can barely see, like the palate and tongue cast in a soft silicone, add layers of detail to the 1:1 bust. Each cast head is then hand painted by our artists with several layers of color, matching the specific look of Chewie’s skin tones in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
And then, of course, there’s the fur! Two FX-style modacrylic blends were crafted with hands-on access to an original trilogy mask and suit, which were then reproduced by the same shop that has created the fur for film Wookiees in the past. Four different hair colors make up the gray sections, and five are within the brown. Additional hand blending comes into the mix when our artists hand apply the hair on the face of each Chewbacca bust, a little at a time, just as Freeborn did with the original masks. And, of course, every bust gets a final trim and style before it leaves our studio!
We’re proud to present this faithful 1:1 recreation of everyone’s favorite Wookiee and are looking forward to seeing it in the hands and homes of discerning Star Wars collectors!
Approximate Product Measurements:
Height – 24″
Width – 15″
Depth – 15″
Approximate Product Weight: 7.5 pounds
Materials – Resin, Modacrylic and mohair hair, plastic and metal stand and plaque.
Shipping Box Approximate Measurements:
Height – TBD
Width – TBD
Depth – TBD
Star Wars products may only ship to addresses within the US and US Territories.
Made in the USA
Non-wearable display bust. Not a costume. Not a toy.
Accessories shown in lifestyle images must be purchased separately.
Not a toy, not intended for children.
Each bust is hand painted with hair applied by hand. Expect some natural variation from piece to piece.