Lucasfilm has teamed up with Run’a, a Japanese manufacturer, to create three traditional woodblock prints featuring the beloved characters of Star Wars giving the sci-fi film franchise a touch of a centuries old Japanese tradition.
Star Wars Japanese Woodblock Prints
Ukiyo-e is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Using the same technique for woodblock printing, the artists of these Star Wars Woodblock Prints hand carve the images into blocks of wood. Colored inks are rubbed into the multiple woodblocks for different areas of color which are then printed onto paper. Specific details are then hand-applied. It’s a time consuming craft that results in beautiful and delicate renderings.
Here’s a look at all three Star Wars Japanese Woodblock Prints.
Ukiyo-e Star Wars Dark Lord Japanese Woodcut Print:
Ukiyo-e Star Wars Interstellar War/ Battle of the Host Planet (AT-AT Walkers):
Ukiyo-e Star Wars Queen Amidala and R2-D2 Japanese Woodcut Print:
Each individual print measures approx. 39 – 41cm tall × 27.5cm wide and is limited to a run of 200. Each has a serial number. The price for each? 50,000 yen (that’s about $402.00 USD)
Ukiyo-e Star Wars Complete Set:
Price for all three prints is 150,000 yen (that’s about $1206.00 USD)
Watch woodblock artist Ishikawa Masumi work on the prints in the video below:
The woodblock prints which are an officially licensed Lucasflim products can be purchased through Rhythm Force
UPDATE: They have since released a second set!
Ukiyo-e Star Wars Complete Set 2
• Star Battle Picture Scrolls Dark Lord Fallen Nest 矇娄
• Star Battle Picture Scroll Scarecrow Scarecrow
• Battle Star Battle Pictorial Scrolls Millennium Falcon Water Flow Diagram