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Rare fully animatronic puppet from Howard the Duck

Rare fully animatronic puppet from Howard the Duck – (Universal, 1986) This is the only fully animatronic Howard the Duck puppet created for the film adaptation of Steve Gerber’s comic book. Lucas’ adaptation of the comic book placed less emphasis on the satirical storytelling in order to highlight the special effects of Industrial Light & Magic. The film’s advanced stop-motion animatronic sequences were difficult to shoot due to the number of puppeteers required to operate the different parts of the body and director Willard Huyck continually reshot scenes as the technology improved. This impressively detailed fully animatronic puppet is constructed of a ball-and-socket aluminum armature covered in foam latex, the torso, arms and head are completely covered in white duck feathers. It features an internal breathing mechanism, multiple servos as well as hand paddles to actuate the mouth and eye movements. Howard stands a full 42 in. tall. The cost to build this impressive puppet is infamous and the attention to detail and craftsmanship is amazing. It exhibits some latex deterioration at the eye sockets and bill, and there are holes at the knees exposing the armature. Despite these minor condition issues the puppet is in remarkable condition and a testament to the special effects wizardry of ILM. Start Price : 20,000.00 | Estimates : 20,000.00 – 30,000.00

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