New Star Wars Exhibition Shows How Yoda Was Almost A Gnome

Star Wars Identities has just opened in Sydney and it’s an absolute treat for fans, with treasures galore on display from the films.

I’ll get to those in a minute, because I have to tell you about the biggest surprise on show. After coming face to face with Master Yoda from the 'Empire Strikes Back' I turned the corner and happened upon some really early concept art.

Yoda was almost a garden gnome!

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The iconic character was sketched with a gnome-like beard, hat, pixie ears and a staff. This version of Yoda would probably be more at home in the Shire than Dagobah.

Another early sketch showed that the main character of the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker, was, for a while, going to be a female character. In this early sketch you can see a more slight figure has been drawn.

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It’s quite apt that the name of the exhibition is Identities when you get to see the identities of some of the key characters could have been so different.

The other reason it has that name is because you forge your own identity as you go through the exhibition, tapping into interactive elements and making decisions about your character.

You get to decide who your mentor is, which planet you grow up on, whether you are a Jedi Knight or not, which side of the force you are, and a stack more decisions that really get you thinking. At the end you get to see your character projected above you into the stars.

As you follow your journey through the exhibition there are over 200 original objects from the films to check out.

And we are talking Han Solo in Carbonite, Chewie, BB-8, R2-D2, C3-P0, Yoda, Darth Vader. (even Jar Jar...)

It’s pretty great being eye to eye with some of these creations and this exhibition will no doubt see many people encounter some of their favourite characters from the 'Star Wars' films.

STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition is on at the Powerhouse Museum from 16 November 2018 – 10 June 2019