Nostalgic Evocations: Craft Master Paint-By-Numbers

Palmer Paint Company produced the first paint-by-numbers kits in 1950 under the Craft Master moniker.  Their catch phrase was, “Every man a Rembrandt”.  Once again, showing George Lucas was not afraid to stamp anything with his Star Wars brand, he teamed with Craft Master in 1980 to release three Empire Strikes Back paintable figurines.  I remember getting two of these figurines for either Christmas or my birthday.  I had the Yoda figurine and the Luke Skywalker on a Tauntaun figurine.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  I missed out on the Princess Leia figurine.

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My mother graciously helped me paint the Yoda figurine and it turned out pretty decent.  I was left to my own devices with the Luke Skywalker figurine and it was an unmitigated disaster.  My six year old attention span, absence of any natural creative talent involving painting, and lack of fully developed fine motor skills made for truly ugly final work.  It was pretty rough.

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As collectible as most things Star Wars are, it was very difficult to find anything out about these figurines.  Obviously, they did not sell well or there would be more information about them.  They were a very lightweight vinyl with acrylic paint to be applied.

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