My buddy Mark just sent me a link [posted to Youtube by Theforcenet] to this deleted scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi shown at Celebration V. Above, you can see Luke tinkering with his new lightsaber after Vader makes one more attempt to telepathically lure him to the Dark Side. Then, Luke tests it before giving it to R2-D2 for his special mission to see Jabba the Hut:
Yeah, I think its a good idea that it was cut from the final film–it would have given too much away at the beginning. Nevertheless, it makes for a nice addition to the ROTJ totality.
This is a very rough cut of an image that I’ve had in mind to make for awhile, but I thought I would show off this early draft. There’s a poster of the Falcon flying into the heart of the second Death Star in ROTJ, so I thought I could recreate it with Lego. I pulled this image of the LHC tunnel 1 and applied a motion blur. Then, I cut out photos of my 4504 Millennium Falcon and 6212 Luke’s X-Wing Fighter. I added engine effects and lights to the front of the Falcon. With more time and effort, I believe that I can turn out a very nice composite reproduction of the ROTJ poster. Though, I will need to take a new picture of the Falcon with Billie Dee and Nien Numb at the controls. If you know of a better tunnel image with exposed pipes, please mention it in the comments.
I picked up the Return of the Jedi themed Lego Star Wars Home One 7754 set during the Christmas sales that were changing from week-to-week at Toys’R’Us. It comes with a boatload of minifigs, though admittedly not as many as in the Death Star set, an A-Wing Fighter, and the command deck of the Home One Mon Calimari battle cruiser. This was a particularly enjoyable build, because it has lots of compartments and moving parts that add something to the model when you display it. You can make a change here and there occasionally so that it is always ‘made new’ again. I really do want some of the other large sets like Cloud City and the Death Star, but Home One will have to suffice for now.