Colin Cantwell II: The Man Who First Built Star Wars

Besides being a Concept Artist (see last post), Colin Cantwell did a lot of the first models for George Lucas’ original pitches when he was going around trying to sell Star Wars. Note that the ideas of the other concept artists are also on display here, as they had also been brought on board by this time.

The first Y-Wing, still showing its B-2 origins.

The first Y-Wing, still showing its B-2 origins.

A proto-Star Destroyer.  Note the iconic wedge shape is now in evidence.

A proto-Star Destroyer. Note the iconic wedge shape is now in evidence.

The TIE Fighter (Then still called a 'Two Man Star Destroyer' in the script)

The TIE Fighter (Then still called a ‘Two Man Star Destroyer’ in the script)

The Death Star station, before Lucas added the planet-killing weapon in the last draft.

The Death Star station, before Lucas added the planet-killing weapon in the last draft.

Original X-Wing, recognizable, but different.

Original X-Wing, recognizable, but different.

The original Jawa Sandcrawler.  Note the capture cages in front.

The original Jawa Sandcrawler. Note the capture cages in front.

The first Millennium Falcon (then just called a 'pirate spaceship').

The first Millennium Falcon (then just called a ‘pirate spaceship’).

A T-16 Starhopper.  Unchanged to this day.

A T-16 Starhopper. Unchanged to this day.

And this of course is... you know, I've got nothing.

And this of course is… you know, I’ve got nothing.

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