I've known that she had this somewhere for awhile now. She bought it for my dad, for $10, in the early '80's. She showed this to me years and years ago, probably around the same time she showed me the album of pictures from my dad's little foray in the 'Nam. And while that album is just as awesome, it is not one bit geeky (unless you count the shots of my incredibly skinny father in combat gear with ginormous nerd glasses on), so let's just focus on the Return of the Jedi portfolio.
It had never occurred to me before the moment that I saw this item again, but Ralph McQuarrie is obviously the artist who did the iconic movie poster mash-ups for the original movies. For some reason I had never put that together before. He designed so much of the films and I had no idea. From what I've gathered, he designed C-3PO and R2-D2. He suggested the breathing apparatus for Darth Vader. Not to mention all of the other things he designed. And I don't remember ever looking at the prints before either, so when I started to pull the pristine sheets of paper out with all of this new knowledge, magic ensued.
Pizza delivery for a Mr. Jabba the Hut?
I about peed myself when I saw this one.
Almost peed myself yet again.
These were my favorites. I also enjoyed the picture of Sy Snootles and Droopy McCool, and if you think I'm making these names up and they can't possibly be Star Wars names, look them up. And you'll know exactly who they are if you've seen Return of the Jedi. In fact, go to this Wikipedia article, because the exact art drawing that's pictured at the top is the one that's in this portfolio. I'm just too lazy to take a crooked picture for you and post it.
Nevertheless, as I was leaving mom's, she bestowed these prints to my care forever and always. All is well in my geek world.