Do you remember in the original Star Wars movie when Chewbacca was a pointy-eared, bug-eyed monster? Or how about when R2D2 looked like a turn-of-the-century iron lung with two metal crab hands coming out of his head? Remember when Boba Fett was a flame-throwing ghostly white specter? Yeah, neither do I, and there's good reason for that. Because the designs I'm talking about were the rejected Ralph McQuarrie versions of the characters we all now know like the back of our hands.
I remember reading a book once on the making of Star Wars which contained a ton of illustrations from McQuarrie depicting possible character designs and as I pored over the images, I felt like I was looking at an entirely different movie. Han Solo with a beard? Stormtroopers with lightsabers? This is madness!
Well, since Lucasfilm has run out of actual characters from the movies of which to make the seventeenth version of an action figure, they've had to go back and make figures of how the characters could have been thanks to this exclusive set from Entertainment Earth. Actually, I'm not making fun, (okay, maybe a little) because I honestly think these figures are genius. It's like owning action figures from an alternate dimension, when Luke Skywalker was female and surnamed "Starkiller."
Entertainment Earth is offering collectors a pre-order for the Star Wars McQuarrie Concept Series, which won't actually be available until this coming December, just in time for Christmas! And my birthday (hint hint)!
Here's the scoop from their website:
- 13 exclusive action figures from the Star Wars saga!
- From the Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art Collection from the 30th Anniversary Action Figure Collection.
- Based on original trilogy pre-conceptual sketchbook designs.
- Some of the best and most unique action figures of all time!
Get all 13 of the action figures based on the Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art Collection from the 30th Anniversary Action Figure Collection in this one great set! Based on the pre-conceptual designs from the original trilogy, these characters include awesome accessories and are shown as they appeared in the sketchbooks for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Bring home some of the best and most unique action figures of all time!
Okay, so these figures have been offered before, but in a limited run and never is one big collection like this. Since I personally missed out on them the first time around, I can now snatch all of them in one fell swoop. May the Force be with me.