Gentle Giant Studios, in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics, debuted their highly detailed Star Wars mini busts at Celebration 2. Created using their proprietary Real Scan technology, the initial wave, due to be released in June, features Anakin Skywalker, Jango Fett, Count Dooku, Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Mace Windu. As a special for the event, Dark Horse was selling the Mace bust for $45 each. The busts are limited to 2500 pieces and preorders for the other characters were being taken as well.
"I'm really excited about our new busts and see the quality and expectations I had for it," said Gentle Giant founder and president Karl Meyer, "We plan on a lot more Star Wars stuff coming up. We are gonna be going into the Lucasfilm archives and scanning the original Darth Vader and Stormtroopers and a lot of the other props and doing models based on those. What were striving to do is that we're trying to give the collector something that is based off of the real geometry that is taken from the characters and the actors."
Expect to see busts of Darth Vader and Yoda coming later this year. Yoda will be made utilizing CGI animation created by ILM.
For Celebration 2, Gentle Giant brought along their scanner to scan the heads of 60 people per day. One contestant from each day will have a Jedi Knight mini bust made from their likeness! Needless to say, based on their initial offerings and awesome exhibit at C2, we can expect greater things in the future from Gentle Giant Studios.