Nick is one of the Caribbean’s most renowned celebrities. Besides his work on STAR WARS and 50 other movies, he produced over 400 paintings and exhibited them in 18 countries. His Internet published insights into movie making were named “Best of the Web” by the BBC and generated over 25,000 files online. His Caribbean Art Studio is recommended on every major cruise line as the “most unique store in the Caribbean” to an average of 126,000 cruise ship passengers... a month.

On EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, amongst other duties, Nick made the moulds and skins for all versions of Yoda. He fabricated the “walking Yoda”, did the final assembly of “the radio controlled Yoda” and built “the back-up animatronic Yoda puppet head.” 

This website is based on transcripts of interviews with Nick who sponsors this site “as a tribute to past friends and colleagues who’s contributions to the creation of  the world’s favorite alien are, to a large extent, unacknowledged.  There has been a lot of confusion caused by misleading credits and quotes over the years. Hopefully this site will help others understand the anomalies.” - official Biography - unofficial Biography

Internet Movie Database - page on Nick.

Planet Paradise - Nick’s Caribbean movie museum

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Nick’s Star Wars insights

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Nick’s poetry - Words and pictures.

Nick’s Artwork - a virtual gallery

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Nick Maley

This website is sponsored by the Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit & movie insider recollections and museum.  At the time of publishing, (2010), Google and Bing searches reveal that there is no other page detailing information about Yoda designers, Yoda technicians and Yoda puppeteers. So if the info appears on any future sites it was clearly copied from here. DO NOT COPY ANY PART OF THIS WEBSITE WITHOUT PERMISSION, PLUS A LINK TO THIS SITE & A TEXT CREDIT.
Ralph’s official website
The World of Froud
Wendy & Brian’s website 
the Yoda Puppeteer’s website
Alien Makers. Dennis Lowe’s exceptional information about the special effects on Ridley Scott’s ALIEN.

Nick’s movie memoirs, Star Wars, Superman, Highlander and more
Questions & Answers   
Nick replies to fan’s questions
YodaGuyMovieExhibit movie museum & art gallery. biography info. easy to remember internet hub
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*NOTE: THIS SITE IS IN NOT CONNECTED TO LUCASFILM OR GEORGE LUCAS who own all rights to Yoda and the creatures from Star Wars. The use of the string "yoda" in our domain name and the presentation of images from the saga are courtesy of their generosity in allowing us to do so. Our use of the name YodaGuy is NOT intended to imply that Nick was the only "guy" who worked to produce Yoda. Several people were involved in making four versions of Yoda for ESB and more again for versions in ROTJ, PTM and AOTC. (Read making Yoda for more info). "YodaGuy" is intended to imply ONLY that Nick Maley is a guy who was involved. Yoda and all creatures for the classic Star Wars trilogy were masterminded by Stuart Freeborn who Nick worked with periodically over a 7 year period. The initial drawing: Ralph McQuarrie. Other people involved include Wendy Midner, Graham Freeborn, Ron Hone, Bob Keen and Nick Dudman.

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The info is written from memory. It’s been 30 years and there are undoubtedly some corrections needed and more contributors that I’m not aware of, especially from TPM. If you have further fist hand knowledge, PLEASE email it to us with details of your connection to our favorite little green guy.