Ever wonder who envisioned the main bad guy of Star Wars: A New Hope? The Ralph McQuarrie Darth Vader Statue should give you a clue. In addition to creating the original looks for Boba Fett and Imperial stormtroopers, conceptual designer and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie also gave a select few their very first look at Darth […]
There have been a couple different official Blu-ray releases of the original Star Wars trilogy. First it arrived in a box set that featured all six movies, and then they were re-released in individual steelbooks last year leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. Show More Summary
Star Wars isn’t Star Wars without the work of Ralph McQuarrie. The artist and designer conceived much of the look of the original trilogy in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He passed away in 2012, but his art was still a big influence on The Force Awakens—and it seems like Rian Johnson is continuing the tradition on Episode VIII. Read more...
Tony Dyson, the British professor who made R2-D2, has died of natural causes at his home on the Maltese island of Gozo. Conceptual designer Ralph McQuarrie created the appearance of the beloved droid, but it was Dyson who built the eight different Artoos used in the original trilogy, two of... More »
The designer, who was commissioned to build eight droids based on Ralph McQuarrie's concept art, was 68 years old.
One of the most iconic non-human characters in movie history, R2-D2, was the product of many people. Beloved concept artist Ralph McQuarrie designed him, Kenny Baker helped bring him to life—but it was Tony Dyson, who passed away today at the age of 68, who had the daunting task of building Artoo as a real life droid. Read more...
Whether it’s Ralph McQuarrie’s original vision or more recent efforts, Star Wars is famous for its sweet vehicle designs. Yet over the past month, talented LEGO builders have been messing with the iconic Snowspeeders and X-Wings, redesigning them to either look more contemporary, or just look cooler. Read more...
Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of sweet, nourishing, life-enriching Star Wars news! In today’s edition: Lawrence Kasdan teases his Han Solo movie. Fascinating work-in-progress Ralph McQuarrie art is revealed. Peter Mayhew reveals himself to be one stellar guy. Show More Summary
Starwars.com has been running an ongoing feature series about the art of the beloved concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, recounting the history behind some of the artist’s lesser known or exceedingly rare pieces of art—including a spectacular look at one of McQuarrie’s rarest-ever paintings. Read more...
I run the Fine Art feature on Kotaku because it’s an aspect of the creative process that I have a big interest in, and the utmost respect for. Indeed, there was a point in my life where I hit a fairly substantial crossroads, and if I hadn’t gone down the path that led me here, I’d have ended up pursuing a career in production/concept art instead. Read more...
You don't need to be a bounty hunter to track down and acquire valuable merchandise like this highly detailed Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Star Wars statue from Sideshow Collectibles.
The Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Statue provides an excellent look at how the Mandalorian bounty hunter was originally envisioned. Considering that he didn’t get a whole lot of screen time, and he was beat by a blind guy, Boba Fett became a very popular character in the Star Wars universe. One of the first new […]
Brian Muir, the legendary artist who sculpted the original Darth Vader helmet based on Ralph McQuarrie’s designs, recently announced on Twitter that he began work on Star Wars: Rogue One. It’s a fair assumption that, since Rogue OneShow More Summary
Boba Fett wasn't always the Mandalorian armor-wearing bad-ass that made it into the final films. Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie originally envisioned Fett as a sort of super-trooper (meow) in the Imperial army. The concept also stemmed a bit from the original ideas for Darth Vader, though we all know how that turned out. Show More Summary
We’ve seen in the past how Star Wars Rebels has used some of Ralph McQuarrie‘s original Star Wars concept art for the inspiration of many of the characters, location and props in the Disney XD animated series. Well Rebels isn’t just looking at the past for inspiration, but also the future. Show More Summary
IT’S NOT just the global popularity of iconic characters that ignites celebrations of all things Star Wars. There in the visual epiphany-pops of George Lucas, and the mesmerizing design of the late-great Ralph McQuarrie, is something wondrous that inspires artists to render their own versions, primed to tattoo the planet with all things Tatooine.Read full article >>
The Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Stormtrooper Statue lets you get your hands on an Imperial stormtrooper as originally imagined. Conceptual designer and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie had the job of envisioning the now-iconic characters of the Star Wars universe, and a new series of statues makes it easy to add those visions to your collection. Standing […]
Ain't It Cool's weekly column looks back at important moments that shaped the wider Star Wars galaxy we all know and love! Read the full article on AICN Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the new This Week In Star Wars. So, it's my first slightly delayed column. Show More Summary
More Star Wars nerdery this week! Read the full article on AICN Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the new This Week In Star Wars. The danger of doing a weekly column marking important dates in Star Wars history is that some weeks will be busier than others. Show More Summary