A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…no, actually this was just like four days ago, right here on the internet. We’ll forgive that lack of drama, however, because this Star Wars character poster is hellacool. Created by artist Max Dalton, the poster art, entitled simply “Episodes IV – VI,” pays homage to George Lucas’ beloved original Star Wars trilogy in a unique way…by offering up every single character who appears in them.
Okay, we’re just taking Dalton’s word for that, because there’s no way we’re sitting down and double-checking him. The claim becomes a bit more believable once you realize that only distinct, important characters get individual representations, whereas generic classes of characters, such as stormtroopers or rebel soldiers, get one stand-in. That’s for the best, otherwise you’d have to hang this thing on the side of a silo.
And if you thought such a simple presentation of the trilogy’s characters wouldn’t leave any room for humor, I invite you to check out the close-up section below, featuring “Uncle Owen (burned)” and “Aunt Beru (burned).”
He even differentiates between the core character’s different outfits as the films progress. So you get Han in his regular outfit, then his Bespin outfit, then frozen in carbonite, and so on. It took me a little while to figure out why this art stirred such a happy, nostalgic feeling in me, then it finally clicked: it reminds me of the old Kenner Star Wars toy catalogs I spent countless hours poring over when I was a little kid. That’s one of the things I remember most vividly from back in the day — not just staging battles with my action figures, but checking out the catalogs of the ones I didn’t have yet and deciding which would be the next purchase with my allowance money. Good times…
Sadly, Dalton’s print was a limited edition of only 500 copies and it’s already sold out. Hopefully at some point in the future he might change his mind and do another run of them, but if not we can always use some new desktop wallpaper. You can also check out more of Dalton’s art right here, including similar poster concepts for Pulp Fiction and Wes Anderson’s movies. You can also click the top image for a larger version.