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Stormtroopers Have Lightsabers And C-3PO Has Breasts In Ralph McQuarrie's Star Wars Art

If it hadn't been for this gorgeous concept art by Ralph McQuarrie, Fox may not have embraced George Lucas' pitch for A New Hope. McQuarrie's illustrations didn't just define the Star Wars aesthetic - they made Star Wars happen.

For the most part, A New Hope stayed faithful to McQuarrie's original designs, but it's intriguing to see the character quirks that changed during production. Note Threepio's svelte ingenue figure, Artoo's robo-tentacles, and Luke's, uh, gas mask?

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@ lightninglouie

The stormtroopers were originally envisioned by Lucas to be failed attempts at bulk cloning by the Emperor of Jedi Anakin Skywalker, of which Darth Vader was the only successful clone. This was supposed to have been revealed in Episode 6 "Revenge of the Jedi", in which both Obi-wan's story to Luke about how Darth had killed his father, and Darth's claim to be Luke's father are essentially proven to be technically true.

Lucas, of course, changed course for reasons known only unto himself, and the brilliantly moody atmosphere of "Empire" became the slap-happy shambles of "Return", instead of the equally grim "Revenge". The Ewoks, for example, were supposed to be Wookies (is anyone surprised? no? moving on...), which of course didn't show back up until one of the later "earlier" episodes, and the clones were morphed from Jedi into mercenary (Jango Fett).