The StarWars.com team recently spent some time speaking with the design team at Gentle Giant about the process that was used to take Ahsoka Tano’s animated appearance from Star Wars Rebels and adapt it to a realistic sculpt for her new mini bust. The $120.00 mini bust (limited to a total of 750 pieces) went up for pre-order earlier today. Check out the intro to the official site’s article copied below and then click here for the full interview segment conducted with Gentle Giant’s Ashly Powell (director of product development) and Gabriel Garcia (manager of product development).
The proud visage of Ahsoka Tano — Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan and Jedi-turned-rebel — greeted fans at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer when Gentle Giant debuted a new hyper-realistic mini bust of the Togruta hero.
Standing tall and poised for battle, her twin white lightsabers ignited at her back and a look of sheer determination in her eyes, StarWars.com is pleased to report that the limited-edition, hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered collectible is now available for pre-order!
Even turned away from the crowd before being revealed this summer, the stunning likeness captured the attention of none-other-than the character’s creator, Dave Filoni, says Ashly Powell, the collectible manufacturer’s director of product development, a moment that coincidentally came just hours ahead of Filoni’s announcement that Star Wars: The Clone Wars had been saved.
This week, we caught up with Powell and Gabriel Garcia, manager of product development for the Gentle Giant design team, to talk about collaborating with the Lucasfilm Product Development team to perfectly capture the character’s likeness and turning Filoni’s animated creation into the stunningly realistic sculpted bust that stands ready to strike. Artists channeled the character’s strength and intensity into the inspiring 1:6 scale mini bust designed, modeled and prototyped in immaculate detail using 3D technology and limited to only 750 pieces.