Friday, 30 September 2016

CLASSIC ART: BEAST OF FRIENDLY BURDEN!


One of the intriguing creature concept paintings linked to the unused grass world of Sicemon, originally planned for REVENGE OF THE JEDI: a creature that the Rebels on that world use as a means of transportation. This one is presumably carrying our main heroes to an important gathering.

Friday, 23 September 2016

BATTLE READY HEROES!


The legacy of REVENGE OF THE JEDI continues with this terrific unused poster concept art by John Alvin, which certainly shows Luke and Leia in a more impressionistic light, though Harrison Ford remains near faithfully intact, as the lightsaber wielding evil of Darth Vader draws near.

Friday, 16 September 2016

A 'REVENGE' OF DISTINCTION!


The very classy red/black REVENGE OF THE JEDI logo looks particularly classy on this 1982 badge. I wonder how many are still out there in proud fans' collections?


And let's also not forget this equally attractive brass paperweight sent out only to theatre owners ready to show the film back in the day, and which must be worth a handsome sum on today's collectors market.

Friday, 9 September 2016

A 'TRIBUTE' TO 'REVENGE'!


There's numerous magazines in 1982 previewing the expectant REVENGE, but this is a personal favourite: the US TRIBUTE magazine from the Fall of that year. Check out its coverage here: Revenge of the Jedi (Tribute Magazine) | Bad News Central

Friday, 2 September 2016

GETTING A COCKPIT VIEW


One of the many early colour transparencies from the film that had the REVENGE OF THE JEDI logo on it- some of which are still floating around the STAR WARS merchandise tables and online even now. This one linked to blue screen X-wing fighter cockpit filming for ILM.

Image: via STAR WARS ARCHIVES FACEBOOK page.

Friday, 26 August 2016

THE CREATURE FEATURE!


George Lucas always wanted REVENGE OF THE JEDI to be a creature film, and ILM quickly found itself paving the way to his requests with a small army of weird and wonderful characters who'd make their way to Elstree, London by January 1982. What better way to celebrate the new "Creature Shop" of that time than with this great T-shirt!

Friday, 19 August 2016

THE RETURN OF 'REVENGE' (2011)

Princess Leia (Sandstorm outfit).

Back to the Sandstorm, and the deleted scenes of EPISODE VI linked to REVENGE OF THE JEDI's 1982 filming days, with these great 2011/2012 KENNER figures that cleverly emerged linked to the then Blu-ray saga box set release. Special illustration work, photoshopping of stills from EPISODE VI, and new artwork were used for the card covers. Interestingly, none of the stills of actor Mike Stevens in the deleted scene Falcon cockpit gun section were used for the cover art (perhaps for legal and cost issues- the figure bears no likeness of Stevens, either). Instead, a photo of an American model, who looked vaguely similar to the UK actor/extra, was used.

Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction).
Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit).
Colonel Cracken (Millennium Falcon Crew).
Special REVENGE logo for Rebel Commando.
Rebel Pilot (Mon Calamari).