About Where This Came From: First, this came from a 1970-1990’s Tonka designer executives home. He passed some time ago, this collection includes MANY product samples, packaging prototypes, etc. I will likely miss some and classify them as just basic stock. Some may have generic price tags as he was going to sell them shortly before his death. So this at worst is a standard product, could be something more. If questions ask, I got around 1,000 items in this collection. Comes as shown.
Condition: This is a hardcopy this was confirmed by the former Director of R&D and Engineering at Tonka. I have at least 2 versions of this. This one is primed to show detail. There is a chip on the ear, which can be filled in by clay or wax (which is what they would have done). This version closer to the starting point rather than the final version of this figure. I can tell this mostly by the hairline, which is receeded. This was either for a 12″ unproduced figure or more likely made 4up for detail to be pantographed down to scale. If you want to learn about hardcopies continue reading. When they were needed they were used to make the following. Steel molds tooling master for production. Paintmaster was for showing the final product colors. The photography sample, as the hardcopy version has more detail than the steps that follow it. Photography is generally done before the figure is even finished. Packaging sample or a carded mock-up paired with a matching proof card to show how the final packaged toy will look. Office copy in case of questions. Hardcopies made from a negative silicone mold will be slightly larger than the final finished toy. This also allows for shrinkage on the final product. Hardcopies are made from Urethane resin and can be found painted, unpainted, as well as assembled or unassembled.