Get Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy book on the 28th of this month!
STAR WARS® COSTUMES: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY
By Brandon Alinger Forewords by John Mollo, Aggie Rogers & Nilo Rodis-Jamero
Photographs by Joseph McDonald
9½ x 12¾ in 226 pp Hardcover ISBN: 9781452138053
Who can forget the first time Darth Vader marched onto Princess Leia’s ship in his
enigmatic black mask and cape? Or the moment when Leia pulled back her hood to
reveal the face of a young princess in grave danger? The costumes of the original Star
Wars trilogy were memorable, be it the well-worn armor of bounty hunter Boba Fett, the
imposing presence of a line of faceless Stormtroopers, or Leia’s outfit as Jabba’s slave.
These costumes—like so many that adorned the characters of the galaxy far, far away—
have become iconic. In Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, for the first time, the
Lucasfilm Archives has granted full access to the original costumes of A New Hope, The
Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, allowing them to be revealed in never-beforeseen
detail. This lavishly illustrated volume pairs all-new photography with original sketches
and artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, John Mollo, and Nilo Rodis-Jamero, and new interviews
with the costume designers, fabricators and dressers.
Mitchell Stein: I couldn’t be more thrilled to see that Star Wars is back on television in animated series form once again, although not quite in any way we’ve ever experienced it before.
The series stars Ezra, a “street rat” who accidentally gets recruited along with a band of misfits who have the same mission as him as they rebel against the Imperial army and fight for justice. Although this series has no connection to any story arc in the ever expanding Star Wars universe, there hasn’t been one that felt so bound with the original trilogy in years. While The Clone Wars was great and fun, Star Wars Rebels takes the die-hard fans closer to the original trilogy and to many fans’ fondest films. It kind of bridges the arc between the two film trilogies, and along with The Clone Wars, really succeeds in it’s awesome story.
Why Star Wars Rebels is the Closest Production to the Original Trilogy in Many Years
Disney XD’s latest show Star Wars Rebels officially aired last week, and fans tuned into the show not really knowing what to expect from this new chapter of Star Wars. With a completely new cast of characters and stories, we were uncertain of the outcome of this show. I think it’s safe to say that most fans were pretty blown away with what was witnessed on-screen.
Setting up a new chapter in the ever expanding Star Wars universe was a bold and dangerous move, one that Disney executed wonderfully with this new series. This new adventure takes place in a dark period of Jedi history, following the attacks of the Jedi council and the rise of Darth Vader. These unlikely Rebels come together to rebel against the Imperial army and fight for justice and freedom. Even though Darth Vader and the Emperor exist in this timeline, there have been no sightings of either of them yet, but they have left their mark on the galaxy at large, and this new show shows the effect that it had on a much wider spectrum, and on a larger scale. It’s not quite as dark as The Revenge of the Sith set out to be, and it’s been toned to appeal to more of a family audience, but it still gets the message across well enough. These Star Wars television series are so fantastic, it makes me wonder why Lucas didn’t move from the original trilogy straight to the television series.
If you’re a collector of Star Wars figures, Wave 6 of the 6-inch Star Wars: The Black Series is now available for pre-order at select online stores, including Dorkside Toys and Entertainment Earth. Wave 6 includes (from left to right):
- Episode III Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Episode IV TIE Pilot
- Episode V Yoda
- Clone Trooper Sergeant
Star Wars: The Black Series is an ongoing Star Wars toy line brought to you by Hasbro. Wave 5 is also available for pre-order, though the figures are available to purchase from specific stores. A few weeks back, I purchased my Chewbacca and Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) from Walgreens. This previous 6-inch wave includes Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, and Sandtrooper.
(Images from Dorkside Toys.)