Green Arrow Unpainted Hardcopy




  


Showcased here is an unpainted Green Arrow hardcopy. The piece is cast in a green urethane, commonly referred to as "dynacast". This material was prominently used for hardcopies during the mid-80's. Amazingly, two arrows and the backpack are also present in hardcopy form. Super Powers hardcopies are exceedingly rare in complete form, but having the weapons present is next to impossible.

Hardcopies are produced using a silicone mold (this mold is created from the original wax figure sculpting). Once it is removed from the mold it may serve a number of purposes. It might remain unpainted and ultimately used to create the steel tooling for the figures. Extra hardcopies are also poured as a precaution, should something happen to the tooling master. These extras would remain unpainted as well. If a hardcopy is not destined for tooling or backup, then it will more than likely be handpainted for use in catalog photography, trade shows, or as a paintmaster. Most paintmasters for the Super Powers line are cast in milky white proto plastic (commonly referred to as internal first shots), but I have seen dynacast paintmasters.

This shot shows the prototype in disassembled form. Metal dowels were used to attach the limbs and head to the torso.

Finally, we see a comparison between the hardcopy and the production figure. The astute collector will notice the hardcopy is slightly larger than its production counterpart. Resin is not susceptible to shrinkage like injection molded plastic, which explains the size difference. When purchasing a hardcopy one should always look for this size difference as well as the absence of footholes and copyright markings. The copyrights and footholes are added much later in the production process.

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