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Review by C.J. Bunce

The 800-page, two-volume hardcover book set Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, published last year by Abrams (still in print and available here at Amazon), has been celebrated by fans as one of the best looks behind the scenes of Star Wars ever created.  The exhaustive, comprehensive collection of the concept art Ralph McQuarrie created for the original Star Wars trilogy will enlighten even the biggest fans of the franchise.  You may have known how closely McQuarrie worked with George Lucas to bring Lucas’s story to life visually, but only after stepping scene by scene through these images do you realize that when you close your eyes and think Star Wars, what you’re seeing was drawn or painted by Ralph McQuarrie.

Compiled by Brandon Alinger, Wade Lageose, and David Mandel, Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie takes readers chronologically through the films, and tie-in specials, documenting not only the familiar final visual McQuarrie created, but copies of retained interim designs that McQuarrie painted over.  So if your only familiarity is The Illustrated Star Wars Universe or the original portfolio reprints many of us had as kids, then this monumental volume is for you.  But this book set may not be in most readers’ budgets, listing at $250 and even on sale it can be priced at greater than $150.  Star Wars and Ralph McQuarrie fans now have a second opportunity to obtain a more affordable look at McQuarrie’s artwork.

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie: 100 Postcards is Abrams’ latest bookshelf keepsake in the style of the successful Star Wars: Frames: 100 Postcards series reviewed previously here at borg.com back in 2015.  Selected from Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, these panoramic postcards are a celebration of Star Wars as a masterpiece of design and world-building.  The deluxe full-color package also functions as a display frame: the box features a die-cut window, so fans can rotate their favorite production design paintings into view.

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Star Wars Frames postcards

Back in 2013 we reviewed one of the most ambitious, successful and nostalgic Star Wars products yet created.  Star Wars: Frames, reviewed here, was an effort by George Lucas to file through every image, every frame, of his six Star Wars movies to select those images that best display his own cinematic artistry.  The result was a boxed set of hardcover editions featuring full-color photographs of 1,472 frames.  One such edition has sold for between $3,000 and more than $10,000, while a current second edition sells for a more affordable $100 range.

Published in anticipation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams Books have worked with Lucasfilm to select 100 key images from Star Wars: Frames to be included in a boxed, over-sized postcard collection called Star Wars Frames: 100 Postcards.  This postcard collection includes classic characters and stunning intergalactic scenery from the Original and Prequel Trilogies. The deluxe keepsake box also functions as a display frame: the box features a die-cut window, so fans can rotate their favorite scenes into view.  Like Star Wars: Frames, these postcards are a celebration of Star Wars as a masterpiece of cinematography and design.

SW Frames postcards

Star Wars Frames: 100 Postcards is one of those rare collectibles that allows you to show off your love of the Star Wars saga in a stylish way.

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