Posted by Jobi-Wan on October 12, 2023 at 12:57 PM CST
Welcome back Rebelscum! Regal Robot has another new concept maquette featuring the McCoolest member of the Max Rebo band!

From Regal Robot:

Droopy McCool™ Concept Maquette Replica – Jeanne Lauren Signature Edition

This signature edition Droopy McCool™ bust maquette replica is part of our Star Wars™ Archive Collection, a continuation and expansion of our work creating authentic replicas with impeccable lineage. Droopy was the wind-instrument playing Kitonak from the Max Rebo™ Band showcased in the palace of Jabba the Hutt™.

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

Each approximately 4.5” tall (including the wood display base) bust is cast in 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, making each a unique tribute to the artistry involved behind the scenes of our favorite films!

Each statue in this limited edition includes a 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 creature technician, Jeanne Lauren, who helped bring the costume and character to life.

- $299 each
- Limited Edition of only 200 pieces (Running low on stock!)
- Includes display base and metal plaque
- Plaques are hand-signed by creature technician Jeanne Lauren 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.
- This item is in production and paid-in-full orders will begin shipping in small waves starting in 2-4 weeks, continuing in small batches through Q4 of 2023

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, Puerto Rico, Guam and US Military Bases.

The Archive Collection - Recreating an Artifact

“Jeanne Lauren is a creature technician who was part of the creature shop at ILM for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, where she worked extensively on the life-sized costumes and puppets for the aliens in the court and sail barge of Jabba the Hutt. This alien, named early on as Droopy McCool, was one of many that she helped craft costumes for, adding textured latex over fabricated and carved foam to create a life-like skin and help breath life into the massively popular character who would become part of the Max Rebo Band.

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 watching videos of Jeanne and the fabrication team crafting costumes and to now have the chance to connect with her and learn more about her craft 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 maquette became Droopy McCool and was brought to life as a foam and rubber fabricated costume.

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.
Check out an interview with ROTJ Creature artist Jeanne Lauren and Regal Robot founder Tom Spina loaded with rare behind the scenes pics. Learn more about her career, including her work at ILM and even Howard the Duck!

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