Ralph McQuarrie, the concepctual designer of the original Star Wars trilogy - where he started (Uncredited) as General Pharl McQuarrie (Empire Strikes Back, fall of Hoth) - the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, ET and Coccon - for which he won an Academy Award, passed away yesterday, March 3, 2012 in his California home.
Without McQuarrie, Lucas' vision for Star Wars would never have come to light and characters such as Han Solo, Boba Fett, Yoda, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, the Storm Troopers and even R2-D2 and C3P0 would probably look very different today - if they were made at all.
Some of his concept works can be seen below thanks to the 30th Edition Star Wars Coin Collection:
- 1st Batch
- 2nd Batch
- 3rd Batch
A great light has left us and the universe far-far-away is a bit darker. Go be one with the Force General McQuarrie.
Darth Vader and Luke Starkiller: