May the Fourth

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Happy Star Wars Day. To celebrate this year’s May the 4th, we want to drown you in imagery from the whole first trilogy. And not just screen shots from the movie but behind the scenes production photos and concept art. Someone chose and compiled 1,138 pictures (you ought to know the significance of that number) for a gallery at IMGUR specifically for today’s occasion, and yes the usual fanboy favorites involve Princess Leia. In addition to the one above, there’s plenty of the slave outfit and, as pointed out on Reddit, apparently a formal moment (the premiere?) where you can see Carrie Fisher‘s nipple. Yeah, there’s truth to the idea that fanboys are 13 years old forever. Personally, I mostly cherish the pics that expose some of the magic of the costume and special effects but which highlight the craft and mastery of these practical elements of the making of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It’s the stuff that makes the joke about this being a behind the scenes photo from the production of The Phantom Menace all the more hilarious (and sad). I’ve posted a few of my favorites after the jump — and sure, I’ll include a sunbathing slave Leia in there. I never said I wasn’t among those young-at-heart (and hormone) fans.

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