The Enchanted Forest

By Ron Salvatore
Photography by Bill Karp and Ed Albano

The inhabitants of an "enchanted forest" can be both dangerous and helpful. The hero must know the right magic to evoke their protective powers. Luke wins the help of the Ewoks, the small furry inhabitants of the forest moon of Endor.

The Ewoks prove that heroes can come in any size or shape. They battle the high technology of the Empire with logs, stones, and vines. Their lush green environment and harmony with nature make a warm contrast to the cold, austere technology of the Empire. The Ewoks help the Rebels deactivate the Death Star's energy shield generator, so Lando can fly into the Death Star and bomb the reactor core.

Meanwhile, Luke realizes that he must set out on a different path from his friends to attempt to reach that part of Vader that is still his father and to turn him back from the dark side.
--from the Smithsonian introduction

"Nub Nub!!"

This life-size representation of an Imperial Speeder Bike and its Biker Scout pilot has to be one of the most impressive pieces in the Lucasfilm archives. The bike's many pedals and levers are functional, and actually move the various instruments and flaps they are attached to. There is really nothing about this model that would, to the ignorant viewer, betray the fact that it was made for a movie, rather than for use in some real, albeit alternate, universe.

In contrast to the hard-lined, mono-chromatic uniforms of the Empire's soldiers and scouts, the Rebellion's Endor commandos wear a very light-fitting camoflauge. They see little action in the film, however, as most of the Rebels' fighting is done by those dang teddy bears.

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