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The Original "Star Wars" Concept Art Is Amazing

Incredible illustrations by artist Ralph McQuarrie. Not a trap.

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Some of McQuarrie's concepts are quite different from the finished film.

Ralph McQuarrie / Lucasfilm

In his renderings, lightsabers were a single colour, and were carried by stormtroopers and other non-Jedi/Sith characters, before Lucas fully developed the mythology and made them a Jedi weapon.

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It was McQuarrie who suggested that Vader wear a breathing apparatus.

Ralph McQuarrie / Lucasfilm

"George had described Darth Vader as having flowing black robes. In the script, Vader had to jump from one ship to another."

"To survive the vacuum of space, I felt he needed some sort of breathing mask."

Ralph McQuarrie / Lucasfilm

"George said, ‘OK,’ suggested adding a samurai helmet, and Darth Vader was born."

All images sourced from Star Wars: The Art of Ralph McQuarrie. Artwork reproduced here with permission of Dreams and Vision Press.

Ralph McQuarrie quotes from here and here. George Lucas quotes from here.

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