There are a lot of reasons people want to work in the movie industry. In an ideal world, you get to collaborate with talented, passionate people to make something awesome. Of course, the vagaries of business and bureaucracy often seem to be determined to whittle everything down to a consistent level of mediocrity, but sometimes it really does all come together and make something special. And if not, hey, at least you might still get a cool crew t-shirt to lord over all your buddies.
Retronaut got its hands on a ton of pictures of Star Wars crew shirts over the years. They range from the simple to the silly, but any die-hard fan would love to have one their own. What’s interesting to me is that many of the shirts feature original art rather than just recycling the name or slogan of the film in question. That’s how you get cool number’s like the sweet X-wing shirt up above.
There are a couple of interesting historical relics among the gallery of shirts as well too. For instance, the “Blue Harvest” shirt. Blue Harvest was a working title for Return of the Jedi while it was in production, and as you can see from the image, it was intended to suggest they were shooting a horror film. You got to love that tag line: “Horror Beyond Imagination.” The title was a reference to mystery writer Dashiell Hammett’s 1929 book Red Harvest.
Another major bit of Star Wars lore that most fans know is that Return of the Jedi was for a while titled Revenge of the Jedi. There were various posters and a teaser trailer released with the Revenge title, but George Lucas eventually decided Jedi weren’t the sort to take revenge, so it got changed back to Return. That first teaser recently found its way online, and you can watch it right here.
Another of my favorites is the “Power Behind the Force” shirt. It’s hard to tell from the images, but I’m guessing the image of the probe droid inside the light bulb is the back of that shirt.
There’s also the shirt that answers the much-pondered question, “Does Darth Vader take his helmet off in a hot tub?”
You can see more of the shirts in the gallery below, including prone AT-ATs and fearsome Ewoks.