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Article  •  4 December 2017

 

LEGO® Star Wars™ behind the scenes

From Han Solo’s winter wear to minifigure designs.

Hop on your podracer and dash behind the scenes of LEGO® Star Wars™! We’re giving you a peek inside the design studio to see how the LEGO team and Lucasfilm bring the galaxy to life! From Han Solo’s winter wear to minifigure designs, these are the people bringing LEGO bricks and Rebels together.
 

LEGO® Star Wars

The LEGO Group works very closely with Lucasfilm, using reference material to create minifigure likenesses of Star Wars characters. The different variants of a minifigure often reflect different sources of reference material, such as CGI imagery versus photography.
 


The LEGO Star Wars design team combine amazing creativity and design skills with an encyclopedic knowledge of – and passion for – the Star Wars movies and TV series.
 

Colour Perception

Han’s cold-weather jacket on Hoth is actually dark brown, but it appears blue in the movie. This was due to the lighting conditions in icy Norway during filming, and a phenomenon in human vision known as colour constancy.
 


The brown minifigure jacket represents Han Solo’s real costume, while the blue minifigure jacket represents the way Han’s costume looks on screen.
 


 

Costume Update

When digging through Star Wars reference material with Lucasfilm, the LEGO Star Wars team discovered that the original reference image used to create the AT-AT pilot minifigure was overexposed. The character’s armour and helmet looked white when they were, in fact, grey.
 


In 2015, the LEGO Group released a true representation of the AT-AT pilot’s costume.


 

Teamwork

Throughout the design process, several printing options are usually put forward for each minifigure.
 


The designers have group discussions about the pros and cons of each design, using design sheets, before approving a final version for production.
 


 

Designing a Minifigure

The LEGO Star Wars designers digitally produce concept art when designing a new minifigure. These sketches help inform the mold, the colours and any printed details on the final minifigure.
 


 

Spot-On Sets

In producing locations sets, the LEGO Star Wars designers have risen to the challenge of recreating iconic movie scenes in bricks, right down to the finest detail.
 


In the movies, our first introduction to Han Solo occurs in this shady establishment in Mos Eisley. Han's tense encounter with a trigger-happy bounty hunter called Greedo can be accurately recreated with the Mos Eisley Cantina LEGO set (set no. 75052).
 


 

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