Friday, May 4, 2012

May the 4th (FORCE) Holiday Fun - a flag from Return of the Jedi

Jabba's Sail Barge Ensign
from Return of the Jedi 1983

May 4th has become something of Star War holiday, due to the iconic expression "May the Force be with you" and its similarity to "May Fourth."

In honor of this American Original Holiday, it is appropriate to talk about Star Wars. Flags appear in the newer prequel episodes but the only vexilloid that remotely looks like a flag appears in the 'original pre-post-movies.' Bascially in the original 1970-1980s Star Wars movies.

A small flag appears during Han's rescue aboard Jabba's sail barge. Near the back end of Jabba's sail barge - we can see a small black pennant. The detail is difficult to make out, probably has something to do with Jabba the Hut. Maybe it is a personal coat of arms? Who knows?

Princess Leah at gun turret with
Jabba's Sail Barge Ensign

In the upper right hand side you can see the black pennant blowing the in wind behind the pole.

George Lucas is careful not to have any flags appear in the original movies. But it is the only one to be seen fluttering in the wind. It is one Star Wars prop worth a significant amount. It's probably sitting somewhere on someone's wall or forgotten in a dusty drawer bin.

Jabba's Sail Barge Flag with Boba Fett and other alien thugs

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