Lucasfilm Reveals First Look at a Young Yoda in Star Wars: The High Republic. Star Wars fans have been anxiously awaiting new on who will be featured in the secretive Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures publication series, set to release in January 2021.
“Star Wars: The High Republic is set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their zenith, roughly 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. This period on the Star Wars timeline will not overlap any filmed or planned Star Wars movies or series, giving creators a blank canvas and a vast amount of creative room. There will be new worlds, new foes, new heroes, and new adventures.”
Comic creator Daniel José Older shared with StarWars.com, “It’s especially exciting to be able to introduce him in the era of the High Republic. The High Republic Yoda is a journeyman out in the galaxy.”
“While he’s already a respected member of the Jedi Council at this point, we meet Yoda in IDW’s The High Republic Adventures series doing what he loves best: looking out for the young folks — in this case, a group of Padawans traveling around the galaxy to learn the ways of the Jedi with a hands-on approach. The Force study abroad program, basically,” Older continued, “The only reason writing Yoda wasn’t on my Star Wars writing bucket list is because I didn’t think it would ever be possible! It’s an incredible honor to give words to one of my all-time favorite Star Wars characters.”
“The goal was to update Yoda, but to be careful and be true to the Yoda that we all know and love,” shared Lucasfilm art director, Troy Alders. “Also, to really make sure that the new look was believable, as this is really the first time that there has been an opportunity to update his look and his clothing. It felt like a daunting and enormous responsibility to embark on and get right.”
“Right away, concept artist Iain McCaig felt like the go-to artist to help us start to explore this new look for Yoda,” stated Alders, “so we called him up and started to talk about what directions to explore. This mission outfit, with just tonal markings on the robe, are inspired by the Jedi Temple architectural details. Many new fans may not even notice these very subtle additions,” Alders teased. “The temple attire, however, from this special time of the golden age of the Jedi, feels so right with its elegance, and we are all extremely grateful for the artists that helped us arrive at such a beautiful solution for this important milestone in the Star Wars timeline.”
“I do not think that I, or anyone on our team, fully realized what a huge task this was,” Alders continued. “But looking at where we arrived, after many countless explorations and iterations with various creative minds and artists, it feels authentic to what this noble Jedi would wear. Dressing Yoda for this epic time period, and creating designs adorned with gold, using beautiful fabrics and details, is something that he and all of the Jedi very much deserve, and the end result, I think, is gorgeous, and really celebrates this exciting and visually rich, gilded era.”
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures publications are set to begin release on January 5, 2021, with future titles expected to release through out the year. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Star Wars!
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