Nien Nunb™ Concept Maquette Replica – Dave Carson Signature Edition- Waitlist




This signature edition Nien Nunb™ bust maquette replica is part of our Star Wars™ Archive Collection, a continuation and expansion of our work creating authentic replicas with impeccable lineage. Nunb is known as a hero of the Rebellion and co-pilot to Lando Calrissian™ during the attack on the second Death Star™.

With hands-on access to the original film artifact and high resolution 3D scanning, our team crafted a faithful recreation of the Dave Carson-sculpted concept maquette for this fan-favorite alien character from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™. This maquette was the first step in designing the classic character.

Each approximately 6″ tall (including the wood display base) bust is made from solid, heavy resin. 100% made in the U.S.A., every replica in this edition is meticulously hand painted by the artists in our New York studio, in the multi-layered style of the original. This makes each a unique tribute to the artistry involved behind the scenes of our favorite films!

Each statue in this limited edition includes a special “40th Anniversary Edition” gold-toned metal plaque and is hand packed in a gloss black box with die-cut foam insert and COA. The plaques for the signature edition were hand-signed by the original sculptor, FX artist, Dave Carson.

  • Limited Edition of just 150 pieces
  • Includes display base and gold-toned 40th Anniversary Edition aluminum plaque
  • Plaques are hand-signed by sculptor Dave Carson and hand numbered.
  • 1:1 scale to the original maquette
  • Part of our Archive Collection, mastered from a high-resolution 3D scan of the original artifact
  • Hand painted, making each a unique work of art.
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Includes Regal Robot COA
  • Special up-to-6-Month Payment Plan (with adjustable down payment and length options) available! See here for full payment plan details.
  • Maquette numbers will be allocated based on the order checkout is completed.
  • Orders placed today are expected to ship in 1-2 weeks if paid in full at time of order.
  • 1 item per person

Continental US shipping is $24.99. A signature will be required for delivery.  Additional shipping fees may be due after checkout when shipping to AK, HI, Military bases outside of the continental US, Puerto Rico or Guam. Please feel free to contact us before ordering for a shipping estimate.

At this time, Star Wars™ products may only be shipped to addresses within the US and US Territories.

SKU: SW523s-WL-2 Category:
Dave Carson autograph from ILM special effects artist

The Archive Collection - Recreating an Artifact

“Dave Carson was a part of the creature shop at ILM for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, where he worked extensively on the development of maquettes to help design the aliens for the film. While many were for the court of Jabba the Hutt™, this alien, known only as ‘Number 9’ at the time, would become Nien Nunb, a massively popular character who would endure even decades later, in the sequel trilogy. 

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve marveled at the incredible concept sculptures which were part of the process in creating the creatures for that film. Watching early making-of specials, it was always a treat to catch a glimpse at the early designs and see how those translated to full scale. I remember seeing video of Dave sculpting those documentaries and to now have the chance to connect with him and learn more about his craft and approach to monster-making is something very special to me. 

It’s been very exciting here to work with these original artists and to handle the original artifacts and develop this line of maquettes that pays tribute to that artistry involved in creating some of our favorite characters and the artists who inspire us every day!”

– Tom Spina (Regal Robot founder).

During the production of films, the creature effects team will often dream up new and fantastic aliens and beasts by creating small scaled sculptures, called “maquettes,” to showcase their ideas. From this menagerie of maquettes, the film’s director and producer choose which characters will be brought to life for the film as costumes or puppets and what roles they will play in the story.

This particular design was chosen to become Nien Nunb. The character was brought to life on screen as a full scale rubber mask and a puppet for close-ups.

We are excited to share this new Archive Collection and look forward to sharing our latest art and characters with you. Be sure to follow @RegalRobot on social media to keep up with all of the new collectibles we have in the works.

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Approximate Measurements, including display base (varies for each bust):

Height – 6″

Width – 5″

Depth – 3.5″

Approximate Product Weight:  16 ounces

Materials – Polyurethane resin, wood display base, aluminum metal plaque, plastic plaque stand.

Package Size:

Packaging Approximate Dimensions:

Width – 10″

Length – 10″

Depth – 6″

Shipping Approximate Dimensions:

12″ x 12″ x 10″ – 4 pounds

Delivery & Other Details

Star Wars products may only ship to addresses within the US and US Territories.

Made in the USA

Accessories shown in lifestyle images and other maquettes shown must be purchased separately.

Not a toy, not intended for children.

Hand painted item, expect some variations in the surface and finish.

Item is packaged in a black corrugated box, with Star Wars branding label and hand-wrapped bust inside of a die-cut styrofoam insert.

Includes Regal Robot COA.

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