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Ralph McQuarrie's Concepts Live Forever

May 3, 2015
Fans of Star Wars or conceptual artwork should immediately recognize the name Ralph McQuarrie. This man was responsible for all of the original and beloved Star Wars concept. In 1975, McQuarrie was asked by the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, to illustrate several scenes from his film script. Unfortunately, McQuarrie passed away in 2012, but his legacy still lives on and his work continues to play an influential role in the Star Wars universe.

In the current animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, tons of original works from McQuarrie are directly being used. Here are just a few examples of how McQuarrie's legacy is living strong.

Chewbacca/Zeb
Garazeb Orrelios, the rough and tough Lasat known as "Zeb" from Star Wars: Rebels, is a perfect example of how an original character concept from Ralph McQuarrie is being used now. As seen in this side-by-side image, Zeb's design was contrived from unused concept art of Chewbacca. It's not a direct rendition as Zeb's lower half is different from the Chewbacca sketch, but his facial features are almost identical to McQuarrie's concept.

Chopper
C1-10P aka "Chopper" is also taken from a McQuarrie character sketch. The image below shows how R2-D2 was originally drawn. R2-D2 turned out to look a lot like McQuarrie's concept, but with less arms sticking out from his dome and his legs are different. Chopper inherited these arms from the dome and almost the exact legs from the sketch. Chopper is also a little shorter than the finalized version of R2-D2, which was most likely taken from this concept as well.


May the 4th Be With You

May 1, 2015
May 4th, official Star Wars day, is quickly approaching us and it's time to start thinking about ways to celebrate this galactic holiday! From baking Dark Side cookies to building LEGO ships, there are so many things you can do to celebrate Star Wars on the 4th.

LEGO Mini Wookiee Gunship
For a pre-May 4th celebration, check out your local Toys R Us store to build a free LEGO mini-Wookiee Gunship. This event is for children and will go from 12pm-2pm on Sunday (May 3rd). The Wookiee ships are exclusive to this event and will only be available while supplies last so don't miss out on this fun opportunity. 

Her Universe Deals
One of my favorite clothing companies, Her Universe, will be having some special deals and promotions exclusively for May the 4th shoppers. Be sure to check their website on Monday to see what deals they are offering. All of their new Star Wars products are gorgeous!  


ThinkGeek Promotions 
Another amazing company that I have talked about on my site several times before is having some special deals for May 4th. From May 1st-4th, you can get 20% off all Star Wars products on ThinkGeek. You also get a free limited edition May the 4th pin when you buy $20+ of Star Wars items from May 1st-7th.