Loving The McQuarrie Love In Star Wars: Rebels

So, Toy Fair 2014 is going on in New York right now and the Twitterverse has been lit on fire with some awesome toys that will be coming out this year.  I was initially going to write about all the things I want (LOL!), but, since Toy Fair hasn't really ended yet, I thought I'd save that until I've seen everything.

So, instead, I thought I'd blog about some of the images (in both toy and art form) that have come out around the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Simon Kinberg said, "The place we went back to as to a visual template was Ralph McQuarrie, who was one of the original concept artists for the original Star Wars films. His art is softer, a little more figurative, more of a feel of being drawn, less computer generated. The first few movies had a bit of a hand-made quality. We wanted the show to have that. There’s also in the archives where [creator George] Lucas keeps all the original art and props, there’s tons of art that’s McQuarrie’s musing on the Star Wars universe that was never used in the films. There’s places where we’ve quite literally taken world-creation or vehicles or creatures from his original art that was never used in the films and made that part of show."

Now that I've seen some of the toys and art that have come out over the last few days, you can really see how true this is.  Here's Ralph McQuarrie's original Star Wars concept poster:

Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney

And, this is the Star Wars: Rebels poster seen at Toy Fair 2014:

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It's neat to see the inspiration leap right off the page.  Let's take a look at Sabine, the female Maldalorian kneeling on the right.  I love how she is posed similarly to McQuarrie's Starkiller Hero.

Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney
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We then have Zeb Orellios who is based on the Ralph McQuarrie's original Chewbacca design.  While ultimately not the same look, I'm actually really glad they went with this homage because I always thought the design was such a neat one, but never realized in the Star Wars films.

Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney
Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney
Photo: Hasbro
And, we can also look at Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for R2-D2 to see the inspiration for Chopper with the mechanical arms and all.

Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney
Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney
Released also yesterday were images of a couple of the Star Wars: Rebels Mission Series figures that also evoke inspiration from the McQuarrie design.  Check out the Hero Mission Series Kanan with all his accessories on.

Photo: Hasbro
The breathing apparatus looks reminiscent to the one in this McQuarrie concept piece:

Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney
And, then there's this image of the Hero Mission Series Inquisitor.

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He has a shield that's very similar to the early concept for the Stormtroopers where they carried both lightsabers and shields...

Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney
This is all such exciting stuff!  I cannot wait to see more and more of the characters and how the interrelate to McQuarrie's concept art for Star Wars: A New Hope!

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