Chris Rogers writer on architecture and visual culture

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Roger Kastel's first poster design for the film's release; his was chosen after a number of artists were asked to capture the romantic style of the 1967 Gone With The Wind re-release poster. A later version included Lando Calrissian, Bespin and Boba Fett, though neither featured Yoda in a deliberate marketing ploy. The film's dark tone is not detectable here (Lucasfilm Limited/starwars.wikia.com)

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Phenomenally popular amongst fans, Boba Fett was first seen as a crudely-animated cartoon within the live-action Star Wars Holiday Special, a curious one-off shown on North American television in 1978. Conceived initially by Lucas as a grittier version of a Dark Knight of the Sith, he became a bounty hunter to counter the lethal elegance of Darth Vader. The character’s actual look was first developed by Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie as a super-stormtrooper for the Empire. They borrowed from Star Wars iconography and real-life Japanese Samurai armour to design a realistically battered suit, and detailed this with Wookie scalps, a Sergio Leone-style cape and an arsenal of integrated weaponry and equipment. The original costume had practical effects including a functioning wrist flame-thrower and simulated jet-pack exhaust. Disappointingly, none of these was used in the finished film and Fett himself was killed off somewhat peremptorily in Return of the Jedi (Lucasfilm Limited/clubphoenixrising.com)

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Luke and Yoda on Dagobah. The full version of the Yoda puppet required multiple operators, a raised floor, video assist and immense patience to animate, a word which assumes its true meaning in this context (Lucasfilm Limited/nydailynews.com)

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