With Star Wars VII currently filming in England, Iceland, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates, it's exciting to remember that J.J. Abrams and crew have vowed to use practical effects shots whenever possible, instead of the glut of digital gloss stuffed into the three Lucas-led prequels.
To reinforce that choice and satiate ourselves until next Christmas, check out this nostalgic gallery of rare Return of the Jedi behind-the-scenes images of miniature models, latex masks, matte painters, zip-up costumes and good ol' physical sets erected inside cavernous soundstages.
From Billy Dee's stunt double and Bib Fortuna fixing his headpiece to meditative moments in the throne room and a shirtless Harrison Ford chillin' in the sand, this vintage photo collection was lovingly gathered by Reddit contributor Join You In The Sun. It's an impressive testament to the multitudes of real-life craftsmen, model makers, painters, carpenters and makeup artists whose individual talents pooled together into a monumental Star Wars movie ... Ewoks or no Ewoks.
Have a look and reflect back on a time before movies went gaga over gigabytes ...
(Via Giant Freakin Robot)