Friday, 14 March 2014
ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: LIVING IN A BOX!
The US model builders sent one of the early Y-wing models to John Barry and the UK's Art Department for prop construction reference, early 1976. Notice the red stripes. The bombers were supposed to be Red Squadron whilst the onscreen seen X-wing's Red Flight were originally Blue Squadron, to have had blue strips on those models- an idea that was dropped later on due to blue screen filming issues/concerns. The Y-wing Red Squadron became Gold Squadron for the film and got a new paint job.
By the time STAR WARS Y-wing fighter toys were finally flooding the children's market in 1978/79, KENNER either used one of the original models for reference or just decided they liked the red colour markings instead of Gold. I've always loved this particular toy.