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30 Years of LucasFilm Staff Christmas Cards 72

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the tis-the-season-to-blah-blah-blah dept.
An anonymous reader found that "For the last 30 years, Lucasfilm has created special holiday greeting cards for its employees and business partners. For the first time ever, we have compiled most of the Star Wars-themed Holiday Cards on one page." My favorite is 2005. That would make a cool poster or something.
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30 Years of LucasFilm Staff Christmas Cards

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  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn&gmail,com> on Friday December 14, 2007 @10:09AM (#21696736) Journal
    They mention conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie [wikipedia.org] in these a lot--well, he's done many illustrations and paintings for collectible card sets. If you like these Christmas cards, I heavily recommend you collect the three Star Wars Galaxies Collectible Card sets put out by Topps in the early 1990s. I still have those three sets and still enjoy pulling them out every now and then and reading through the backs of the cards.

    Most of the images on those cards are beautifully illustrated.
  • This years card is pretty badass, if i had the ability to get that I would be sending that one out this season.
    • by Rob T Firefly (844560) on Friday December 14, 2007 @10:15AM (#21696796) Homepage Journal
      Gotta love the caroling stormtroopers. Although, the mental image of them singing in that special stormtrooper way is now firmly lodged in my mind's ear..

      KSHHHHT
      "Deck the halls with"
      KSHHHHT
      "Boughs of holly,"
      KSHHHHT
      "Fa la la la la,"
      KSHHHHT
      "La la, la la.."
      • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 14, 2007 @11:33AM (#21697592)
        Should have had Obi-Wan pop up next to them, using the force to make them sing. Then your mental image could have been:

        Obi-Wan (quietly, slowly waving his hand): "Deck the halls with"

        Stormtroopers (loudly, in unison): KSHHHHT "Deck the halls with"

        Obi-Wan: (again, quietly, slowly waving his hand), "Boughs of holly"

        Stormtroopers (loudly, in unison): KSHHHHT "Boughs of holly"

        etc.
  • I thought the year 2000 card was a pretty neat idea. While it may not give too much in terms of artistic value or depth it certainly ranks an 'A' on the "wtf, I wish I had one of these...no more pulling the sled up the hill"-scale. :D
  • What about.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Chris whatever (980992) on Friday December 14, 2007 @10:13AM (#21696782)
    Darth vader????

    I mean he used to be human and would surely appreciate at LEAST a grinch look a like!!

  • Why can't we have more stories like THIS one?
  • My favourite (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dkf (304284) <donal.k.fellows@manchester.ac.uk> on Friday December 14, 2007 @10:23AM (#21696872) Homepage
    That change-of-address card is really nice.
    • What is the boat supposed to be? Jabba's skiff? Of the non-SW ones, there's Indy of course and Harrison's hot rod "from American Graffiti" but it's hard to tell what's behind the car. the next group might be from THX-1138, then there's Chewie and the 'driods. After that I'm guessing Willow and the cantina band
  • by The-Bus (138060) on Friday December 14, 2007 @10:27AM (#21696918)
    The cards are all interesting until 1995, when they start getting very PC. I mea... Chewbacca walking kids through the snow? It's a nice sentiment but, c'mon.
    • Not really, wookies are clearly carnivorous - you can see from their large canine teeth. Maybe he's just picking up Christmas lunch.
  • Apparently (Score:5, Funny)

    by Dachannien (617929) on Friday December 14, 2007 @10:30AM (#21696952)
    Apparently, George Lucas sends the same card every year. He just adds more special effects.
    • by Loibisch (964797)
      let's just hope that this year he doesn't shoot first...
    • by Rogerborg (306625)
      I hear that if you ask real nicely, he'll send you a smeary grainy photocopy of the original card with the edges cropped off, to punish you for not respecting the-card-he-always-wanted-to-make.
    • I find your lack of faith disturbing.
  • You don't have permission to access /images/1977lucasfilmcard.jpg on this server.
    etc.
  • But wait! (Score:4, Funny)

    by soulsteal (104635) <soulsteal&3l337,org> on Friday December 14, 2007 @11:05AM (#21697286) Homepage
    Knowing George Lucas, he'll be remailing the same Christmas cards 20 years later after they've been reworked to show his original vision....
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by prelelat (201821)
      Holy shit you know George Lucas! Oh wait I see what you did there. Because he re-worked star wars thats so funny.

      Why can't people in Lucas Posts lay off the same stupid jokes. Who shot first, special effects and reworking original works, the force is a virus. Same freaking jokes every time makes them inherently not funny.

      If you don't like the new movies, your not special around here, but I want to remember a time when Star Wars ment something. When Star Wars was like the coolest thing ever.

      I think Georg
      • "If you don't like the new movies, your not special around here, but I want to remember a time when Star Wars ment something. When Star Wars was like the coolest thing ever."

        I don't see how you really can. We've got prequels and special editions to wade through. (Amusingly, that's why that joke in particular was funny.)
      • If you don't like the new movies, your not special around here, but I want to remember a time when Star Wars ment something.

        You mean when you were eight?

        These conversations are pretty creepy to be honest. Star Wars was a kids film in 1979 and the new films are aimed at the same demographic. Back when you were a kid, it was cool. But if you saw it now, it would be just another formulaic sci fi action movie. That's the problem - it's not that the new movies are sillier than the old ones, it's that you have g
  • Jawas (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ciaohound (118419) on Friday December 14, 2007 @11:06AM (#21697300)
    At first, I thought the card with the Jawas might be showing them picking over Santa's sleigh, maybe loading the scavenged contents into the sand crawler. And Santa? Captive of the Sand People, I would reckon. Obviously, that's too dark humor for Lucas.
    • Its all there in plain sight.

      Evoks ate Santa back in 1983, and just like with storm troopers at the end of the "Return of the Jedi" - used his head for a drum.

      In 1985 they tried (unsuccessfully) to trade the gifts to various races.

      Not until 1994 did they manage to dump those gifts on anyone (apparently it is bad karma to eat Santa's) - until they bumped on a group of Jawas.
      Those Jawas will take anything from anyone.
  • Did you notice... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by gowen (141411) <gwowen@gmail.com> on Friday December 14, 2007 @11:22AM (#21697456) Homepage Journal
    How the last ten years cards were visually stunning but really badly written?
  • I would've liked to have seen one of the ultimate wielder of light sabres [colbertnation.com] standing in front of a green screen myself...
  • by Gizzmonic (412910) on Friday December 14, 2007 @11:43AM (#21697736) Homepage Journal
    It's for "Life Day."

    And when are we going to get a Star Wars Holiday Special Special Edition? C'mon Lucas, I want to see Bea Arthur shoot first!
    • I seriously, seriously tried to sit through that monstrosity the other day without alcohol. I seriously tried but I couldn't get through the Jefferson Starship performance. And are wookiees media junkies? They've gotta be worse than the average American in that respect.
      • The Wookiee grandpa watching VR, immersive, softcore space-porn is the best part.

        That, and the (admittedly) coked-up Carrie Fisher singing.

        I skip to the "good" parts these days, and only watch it when I'm showing it to someone who hasn't seen it. The first time, I watched it straight through, and I had to start reading a book to stay awake during the 20-minute-long stretch with NO TALKING AT ALL, just Wookiee grunting.

        Lucas should make a special edition of it. Any changes he might make could only make it
  • by operagost (62405) on Friday December 14, 2007 @12:24PM (#21698344) Homepage Journal

    The 1982 Card featured Yoda as Santa on a slay
    Homophone, or homicide? Your call, but I'm going to stay away from any short guys with glow sticks this Christmas!
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by HTH NE1 (675604)

      The 1982 Card featured Yoda as Santa on a slay
      "Is that Slay as in kill?"
      "No, it's Sleigh as in one horse open."
      -- Valencia Police Chief and Sergeant Clifton Sleigh, Curse of the Pink Panther
  • McQuarrie (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rosalindavenue (948022) on Friday December 14, 2007 @12:41PM (#21698592)
    You know what's really disappointing is that McQuarrie (who is responsible in large part for the excellent designs of the first trilogies) is still around and painting, and doing great work, and LUCAS DIDN'T USE HIM ON THE PREQUELS. We ended up with the creepy, smooth, lounge-lizard Buck Rogers look of the prequels. What a shame.
  • Woz? (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by Fear the Clam (230933)
    1983?
  • Each of the Christmas cards features the same well.
  • Is it just me, or does the 1977 card [slashfilm.com] look an awful lot like R2D2 is wearing a bra?
  • Star Wars, there should have only been 3.

1 1 was a race-horse, 2 2 was 1 2. When 1 1 1 1 race, 2 2 1 1 2.

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