By now most folks who are interested have seen the new teaser poster for The Rise of Skywalker which was released at the D23 Expo. If you haven’t here it is:
For many, there was something wrong about the Emperor’s image in the background. It seemed a bit too cartoony, or like video game CGI from the 2000s. So some started to make parodies like this to lampoon the art:
Recently, it was thought that the image which was used to create the Emperor in the official poster was found. But it turned out to not be an exact match.
An exact match, however, has now been found. It comes from the Facebook page of Hot Toys which posted the image in September of 2018.
Let’s see a side by side comparison with the official poster.
The dimensions of the face in the poster appear to be scrunched up vertically a bit, and the width widened horizontally. But that’s a match. And it would appear that Hot Toys may now be aware.
Now, I’m not sure that there’s anything wrong with using images of models or even toys if it makes an effective final product. Though I suppose the sculptor and painter of the Hot Toys Palpatine ought to be credited for the poster art. The artists were:
Not to mention, the photographer of the image, Jingobell Photography.
But one would think that for the movie poster of a major motion picture, that at least a new photograph of the toy would be taken. Apparently, they were too lazy to be bothered with that. Because they didn’t just use a toy, they literally grabbed the image from Hot Toy’s Facebook account.
We do not know who the artist of the official teaser poster is as of this writing.
SC Reviews comments about how negative comments about the poster on the official Star Wars Instagram page are being deleted.
Geeks + Gamers comments on the art in the poster:
Mecha Random comments:
Geeks + Gamers comments on this blog post:
SC Reviews comments on this blog post: