Here’s a little oddity from the past: Brian Ashmore’s painting of Anakin Skywalker, his wife and baby Luke from 1993. Originally painted for Topps’ Star Wars Galaxy 2 card set, it may very well be the earliest depiction of the couple, for all it was pulled from the set by George Lucas himself. Here’s what Ashmore himself had to say about it back in 2008:
There are a couple things that I find interesting about the image. First, my depiction of Padme (I had no idea of her name at the time…this was 6 years before Episode 1) looks a bit like Natalie Portman. Second, Anakin’s shadow on the wall is in the shape of Darth Vader. I’ve always wondered if this image might have influenced Lucas even just a little tiny bit in his casting of Natalie Portman or even the decision to have little Anakin’s shadow be in the shape of Darth Vader in an early Episode 1 promo poster. Probably not, but I can dream. Can’t I?
I don’t know about the casting choice – Iain McCaig seems to be the culprit there – but the shadow? Stranger things have happened… In any case, the painting eventually saw the light as ‘The Skywalker Flame’ in the Star Wars Galaxy 5 set.
On that note, the Skywalker family is our current Tumblr theme – queued through Friday and including a reblog of the original post that reminded me of this.
Spot-on WWII doesn’t seem like the Empire’s style, but these cards by Cliff Chiang from the brand-new Galaxy 5 set are still pretty neat. Two more this way.
Continuing adventures in TPM nostalgia. Everyone’s talking about the documentary A Galaxy Far Far Away, which has a 10th anniversary edition out. (Hey, it was news to me!) The reviews are not all so good, though.
And on that note… Somewhere on the internet, someone is always defending the prequels.
Pro art: Colleen Doran shares the original sketch for her Anakin/Padme card from the Galaxy 4 set.
Gathering: A Geekdad spotted a Star Wars event in in London, Ontario a few weeks back.
There must be cake. Perhaps the most amazing AT-AT cake you’ve ever seen.
Fun fact: Darth Vader’s reveal to Luke is the most misquoted phrase in film.
What? I can’t believe GalacticBinder found even one, let alone ten Star Wars surfing crossovers.
Here’s more reason to get excited about Topps’ fourth Galaxy series: They’re pulling some of the art that never made the first three sets! One of these pieces – John Rheaume’s levitating Yoda – has become rather infamous over the years, but others (like Kevin Nowlan’s Obi-Wan at right) will be new to many of us:
As expected, the original artists were delighted by this belated recognition of their efforts. “How great to have my Star Wars artwork finally see the light of day!” beamed Chris Moeller, one of a handful of illustrators showcased in SWG4’s special chase set entitled “The Lost Galaxy.” His unique rendering dared to show what the stormtroopers look like beneath their helmets – a full decade before George Lucas decided that all of these ubiquitous Imperial soldiers were actually clones of Jango Fett. Indeed, Boba’s enterprising father didn’t even exist as part of the Star Wars mythology back in the ’90s.
Intriging! The six ‘Lost Galaxy’ cards will also include pieces by Joe Ciardiello, John Pound, and Tim Burgard.
Well, this is a flashback I can live with: Topps is bringing back the Star Wars Galaxy line, the all-artwork line that originated back in the 90’s. At one point I even had a full set of Series 3, and I’m still using the extras as bookmarks to this day. Look for Series 4 in February.
Topps is putting out an updated set of Star Wars Evolution cards this summer. It seems it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from Topps… (Although given my lack of a collecting bent, maybe it’s just me. ;) I was always quite fond of the artwork-based sets from the 90’s, perhaps we’ll see a resurgence there as well.
Have you been saving your Republic credits? Because Lucasfilms’ licensees have a lot in store for you, this year:
The Celebration 3 Exclusive Figure
The Official Pix license awarded to C2 Ventures
The new line of stickers from Mello Smello (alas, not scratch’n’sniff)
The Hallmark Ornaments for 2005
The ROTS Topps Cards (Spoilers abound!)
This just adds to the list that includes the previously announced books, action figures and the rather nifty, yet oh-so-pricey, window blinds.
Must start playing the lottery, again.