Sunday, March 25, 2007

Enough Star Wars Pics to CHOKE A TAUNTAUN! (not that you'd WANT to?)

Though a work in progress, this backdrop is complete enough to contain a lot of action and excitement.

Botany fans, rejoice... these adventures allow you to really get into Felucian plantlife.

2007. Black is the new red.

2007, Organic Pad.
A vessel of intriguing design touches down on a wholly natural landing pad on the overgrown plains of

Despite hazard signs cautioning about the dangers of heavy gas processing equipment, you just know an action scene is going to find its way into here.

2007, Night on the Town
The times may be dark, but the neon distractions help a bit.

This souped up transport has the mode to fit the mission.

2007. Occasionally, moral dilemmas are this clear cut.

Death of the Cruiser. A series of storyboards chronicles the demise of the
Republic cruiser within the Trade Federation battleship's hangar bay.

Naboo Mounts.
Terryl Whitlatch studies a number of potential animal mounts for Naboo natives for Episode I.

Miss Fisto?
Dermot Power's explorations of alien life forms in Episode II would enventually develop into the Jedi Master Kit Fisto, among others.

John Mollo's original costume sketch for the
Bespin Wing Guards was considerably more elaborate than what ended up in the finished film.

This early artwork by John Mollo depicts a ceremonial Rebel guard (left) and an "Aquillian Ranger," developed during the pre-production of the original Star Wars.

A predecessor to
IG-88, the famous assassin droid, was explored in early concept art for Episode III by Feng Zhu.

A curious creature development sketch, unsigned, from The Empire Strikes Back.

The debate in Clerks centered around whether innocent contract labor or guilty stormtroopers built the Death Star -- this photographic element from Return of the Jedi seems to suggest the latter. Though it's still not yet known if the average stormtrooper knows how to install a toilet.

Joe Johnston illustrates an early iteration of the Imperial capital world for Return of the Jedi, long before it would become known as

An unused
Doug Chiang design for a "baron droid," an elite form of battle droid belonging to the Trade Federation.

A look at some very sleek
Y-wing fighter illustrations by Joe Johnston.

A rare behind-the-scenes photo of Labria, the devil-faced cantina alien, suggests a woman played this particular male alien in Episode IV.

A rare close-up view of Trinto Duaba, also known as "Terminal Man" during the production of Episode IV.

Aww...isn't she a cutie?! Plus, she's the leader of the rebellion and a traitor!

Luke Skywalker's last-second leap from the carbon-freezing chamber was actually performed by this ILM puppet. Editor's Note: And no...for you people (on my LIST) who would opine that the puppet outacted the real thing.....NO.

The rather simplistic model of the Rebel power generators, meant to be seen only at a distance or through electrobinoculars.

A costume reference photo of the Rebel Alliance fleet controllers glimpsed in the backgrounds of Return of the Jedi.

Now About that Loan. The Banking Clan would like to have a word with you... as established in this whimsical illustration by Iain McCaig.

Beautiful Danger
Iain McCaig's early illustrations exploring a possible female Sith warrior for Attack of the Clones.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just cause he moved to the big city, don't mean we'uns down here on the farm don't still think of our wacky maul-lovin pal OddBob! (Sorry, OB...having a "L'il Abner" moment....)
"This is the majority of my
Darth Maul Collection. There are things from all over the world: Bottle caps from Japan, candy containers from England, and even some custom items." From the collection of Darth T-B0NE.

These storyboards from Return of the Jedi have an additional moment of Imperial hubris as
Executor officers doubt the ability of Rebel fighters to penetrate their shields.

Early in the production of Star Wars, the Y-wings were Red Squadron and the X-wings were Blue. When bluescreen limitations prevented blue X-wings, their colors changed such that Y-wings were gold. Here is a rare photo of the original Red Leader Y-wing under construction.

It appears that B-wing pilot Ten Numb was going to have some dialogue, if this bluescreen puppeteering shoot is any indication.

A costume-fitting stand-in wears the uniform of a Rebel Alliance dignitary from Return of the Jedi.

The background Rebel fleet ships from the end of Empire have long been a mystery to fans. Turns out, most don't exist as models and were actually airbrushed artwork mounted on glass.

ILM Effects Cameraman Ken Ralston airbrushes detail onto flat Rebel starship artwork mounted against glass for one of the last shots in Empire.

A close-up view of one of the holographic chess characters, dubbed a "ghhhk" by the Expanded Universe.

A very early illustration of
Naboo royalty by Terryl Whitlatch -- which describes the scene as a "Royal Procession in Utapau."

An early concept by
Doug Chiang of a Republic attack gunship, loaded with combat-ready clone troopers.

Ralph McQuarrie's concept illustrations for the creatures that inhabit the murky waters of Dagobah.


"A collection of Star Wars books, magazines and other works throughout the past few years that I have read. Pieces range from the famed New
Jedi Order series to Star Wars Insider magazines, as well as vintage art pieces." From the collection of JedsSiths.

The fast and the furriest?

A rare photo of the chimpanzee whose eyes became the Emperor's in the original theatrical edition of The Empire Strikes Back. The holographic Emperor seen in 1980 was a composite of a woman wearing heavy makeup and superimposed chimp eyes.


EDITOR'S NOTE: I'd been saving these pics for a longo time. Seems perfect for lazy Sunday perusal, yes? Hope you enjoyed them, and have a lovely restofyourweekend, dweebpals!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! You're the best!
(From Russia - Star Wars huge fan)

6:50 AM  
Blogger bruce said...

That stand in looks an awful lot like actress Kathy Baker. Great photos by the answered the question of the mystery background rebel fleet ships...something I always wondered about.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Heidi Loney said...

That is most definitely Kathy Baker.

9:35 PM  

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