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Thread: Robert Short creator of the Kenner Yoda hand puppet

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    Robert Short creator of the Kenner Yoda hand puppet




    Robert Short, creator of the Kenner Yoda hand puppet popped up on my facebook group vintage star wars action figures a few months ago.
    Sharing for those of you that missed it:-


    https://www.facebook.com/groups/vint...2528000139806/


    cheers Jason
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    Awesome to see him with the early conceptual version. Only ever seen that in catalogs.
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    That's a great picture haha
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    Jason, thanks mate - but I cant open the link unless I sign up for Facebook! Argh!*



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    Very neat! Is there any way you could cut and paste Robert's FB comments here Jason (for we non-FBers), if it isn't too much trouble?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronsalvatore View Post
    Awesome to see him with the early conceptual version. Only ever seen that in catalogs.
    It was also shown on the back of the ESB Electronic Laser Rifle:

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    He posted some comments which I can paste here in the morning...he also posted a pic present day condition of the piece. Lastly...it was guessed at around 8-10k until he posted a condition pic. It was then reverted to 5-8k...if anyone has offers, he is listening to them FYI. If a non Facebook person is seriously interested...I will contact him for you as long as you are serious.

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    Feeding frenzy. York should have just told him it was worth eight million.

    Cool that he kept the original prototype.

    Takin' it way back. No idea why the photo isn't showing up: Conceptual Yoda Hand Puppet - Star Wars Collectors Archive
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    Not a facebook'er so it was cool to see this pic. Wish more of the former kenner employees would pop up on the scene like this. I guess this is an example of a Facebook 'win' even though I don't partake.
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    The really fascinating thing about this is that Short has revealed that the Yoda handpuppet was a Lucasfilm idea that was brought to Kenner. Crazy.

    What, then, to make of the handpuppet prototypes that consist of a rotocast head and a cloth body (see here: Yoda Unproduced Cloth Hand Puppet - Star Wars Collectors Archive ). Where do they fit in?

    Possibly, Kenner was working on something along these lines in 1980 but didn't arrive at a final solution until Lucasfilm suggested an all-rubber (Short says the original prototype was latex) version.
    Last edited by ronsalvatore; 09-18-2014 at 10:35 PM.
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    Thanks for posting this Jason, pretty cool that he randomly popped up on FB like that!
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