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 PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:31 pm Reply with quote  
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  Revmacd
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So I occasionally do work for a local auction house where I often come across some fairly exotic items. My buddy owns the place. He's Jamaican and while he is probably one of the smartest guys I've ever met, he just hasn't experienced the same dose of Americana most of us have. I bought my LFL Lightsaber off him for $20 once. He still jokes about how he got the better of me by getting twenty bucks for what he calls, "The worst damn flashlight I ever seen."

Last week as I was rifling through some boxes I came across a rare find. In all likelihood it may be the earliest EU work published. It was a set of blueprints (<--- all one word as I have learned recently). The blueprints were a reproduction published by 20TH Century Fox Films in 1977 of the movie sets used in the making of the original Star Wars movie.

My research on the subject leads me to believe that this piece, called simply Star Wars Blueprints, and a companion piece called The Star Wars Sketchbook, are in fact the first published Expanded Universe works ever. It seems the Star Trek franchise had done a similar offering in 1973 and again in 1975 and had some fair amount of success with it. Mr. Lucas was eager to cash in on the massive following the success of the movie had garnered and while the movie and it's images were plastered on lunch boxes and bed sheets across America and around the world, the follow up books still had to actually be written. So to keep the fire stoked and a publisher on retainer, the blueprints of the sets and concept art were released.

Anyway, without further ado (or previous ado for that matter) I give you fifteen blueprints circa 1977 plus the opening pics of the packaging and inlay card with publication date. I know the pics are obnoxiously large but I want to leave them big so that you might get a better look at the details. If it's a problem for any reason I will re-size them smaller. No further narration as they speak for themselves.





























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 PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:40 pm Reply with quote  
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What a cool find! Smile Let us know what else you learn.


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Wow, that is indeed a treasure!
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Wow! That's awesome! You know, I bet Nathan Butler could tell you about these, and if they were indeed the first things published. Very neat though, especially since those new Star Wars Blueprint books/posters were just released.


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 PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:08 pm Reply with quote  
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I'll have to Google Nathan Butler. I'm not sure who that is. I tried desperately to get a better focused picture of the copyright card but for some reason, every time I panned in, it went all blurry. I think you can make it out.

Yeah, I was stoked when I found these. A nice addition to my collection.
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Very cool find! I notice that the Landspeeder sketch looks more like the Flash Speeders that they used in Episode I. Inspiration, perhaps?


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I think I'd be framing that T-16 skyhopper print to hang on the wall. Pretty sweet Cool
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Honestly I can't figure out what the hell to do with them Skuls. They are 9.5x13". It's an odd size for a frame. Besides that, the lovely and talented Mrs. Rev has made it clear that if I want to display anymore Star Wars memorabilia that I can feel free to rent a nice apartment somewhere to do that. Laughing So I have to figure out how to show these off somehow.
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Well I have my Star Wars curtains proudly displayed in my dinning room Very Happy I've got a nice little Hoth display going on top of the kitchen cabinets: AT-AT, AT-ST's, snowspeeder, and little stormtroopers and rebel fighters. One of the benefits of the single life Cool
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
Well I have my Star Wars curtains proudly displayed in my dinning room Very Happy I've got a nice little Hoth display going on top of the kitchen cabinets: AT-AT, AT-ST's, snowspeeder, and little stormtroopers and rebel fighters. One of the benefits of the single life Cool


And quite possibly the underlying reason for it Skuls. Razz M'juss sayin'.
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Ha ha. I have a perfectly good reason for being single, no one is getting half my stuff. Cool
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