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  SCULPTING & MOULDING 
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PARTS & MECHANISM
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BODY & ASSEMBLY 
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Photos below are a small sample of the process by which "that Yoda Guy" Nick Maley recreated a fully functional Yoda puppet using the same techniques that were applied when, in 1978, he was a key member of the team that constructed four versions of Yoda for Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.

SCULPTING & MOULDING photos...

Feet and ears sculpted by Phil Robinson and the volume of head adapted and resized from remnants of one of Phil's former sculpts.  

Workshop and assistance provided by Steegmueller Skulpturen.

"Just trying to sort these photos, (and we show less than 1% of them here), you begin to realize the massive scope of what we achieved with the help of a few volunteers.  I'm guessing that we spent around 1000 hours intermixed with our other daily duties... just to make ONE working Yoda.  We made moulds in plaster, because that is what the originals were."  


~ Nick Maley. 

FABRICATION OF PARTS & MECHANISM

Foam latex lab work by Schwerthelm Ziehfreund.

"The original took 10 months to make and cost around £70,000 in 1978." ~ Nick Maley. 

BODY & ASSEMBLY...

Costume by Susanne Spitz

Nick was invited to show the rebuild at Star Wars Celebration London in 2016.  Whilst there he was able to acquire one of the original cores to  the original skin mould that Nick made with Stuart Freeborn in 1978.   That now allows for more accurate measurements and he is starting a Mk2 rebuild in 2017.

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