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Long before Star Wars featured Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and the rest, George Lucas envisioned a completely different battle in the stars, and even went so far as to have Ralph McQuarrie whip up some character concepts.  Those who have the Making Of… books have seen these designs floating around since the mid-80’s, but now, Star Wars fans can actually get their hands on actual action figures based on those designs.

These sets are exclusives with Diamond Comic Distributors and Toys R Us, and have been out since the beginning of the month. Those who are really looking for a unique gift for their geek, might want to dig around a bit to secure the figures from these two sets.

Set 1 includes McQuarrie’s versions of Han Solo (who bears more than a passing resemblance to a young George Lucas), Chewbacca, Obi Wan Kenobi & Yoda, C-3PO & R2-D2, and Boba Fett.  Set 2 features Concept takes on Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Stormtrooper, Snowtrooper, Rebel Trooper and “The Starkiller Hero,” a character that evolved into both Luke Skywalker and his sister, Princess Leia, in the final draft of the first script.

I wonder if I’ll find the Starkiller Hero in my stocking this year, or if I’m going to get another lump of coal?


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

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