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CONCEPT ART: Scrapped Ideas for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Revealed

A few days ago, we got to learn more about the creation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge thanks to a new book by Amy Ratcliffe. The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been available for preorder and was officially released today. In addition to information about scrapped plans for the land, the book also features never-before-seen concept art.

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Here we see a First Order TIE Fighter parked in a Batuu courtyard. The Fighter did not end up outside in the final land though. Instead, guests can see Kylo Ren’s TIE Echelon in the courtyard and a TIE Fighter inside the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance queue.

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This concept lets us imagine what the adventure of Smuggler’s Run would look like from outside the Millennium Falcon.

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In an interview with Disney Parks Blog, Ratcliffe describes her favorite artwork featured in the book: Ian McCaig’s illustration of the therii Elee, who would have roamed Batuu and given guests rides.

I adore Elee. She’s a sweet creature, a therii, who belongs to Salju and I got to share her story in Elee & Me. I felt like I bonded with her. Imagineering created models and thought about how to maybe bring her to life, and I just loved seeing that exploration.

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Ratcliffe’s children’s book Elee & Me was published last year.

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More concept art shows Stormtroopers and droids roaming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Unfortunately, no droids can be found roaming the land (though a roaming R2-D2 was tested at Disneyland early last year), and humanoid characters currently remain in certain areas for physical distancing.

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This piece does not depict a scene, but some of the tattered banners found throughout the land.

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And this familiar site showcases the impressive AT-AT scene from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

What is your favorite detail in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Funny. In the picture with stormtroopers, those are Imperial stormtroopers, not First Order. Look at the armor details, and the emblem on the crates.

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