Do you remember the Star Wars 3D Sculpture Puzzles?

Do you remember the Star Wars 3D Sculpture puzzles that were briefly popular in the late 1990s?  We are fortunate to have the gray head prototypes of  Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Podracer Anakin prototypes in our museum collection!

These puzzle prototypes were sent to Lucasfilm Licensing for product approvals.

The pieces of each puzzle, on thin cardboard, had to be pushed out of their respective sheets and then stacked in proper order atop a thin plastic spindle attached to a plastic base. The pieces had small numbers on them (not in order of what needed to be stacked next) and a cheat sheet was included in the box for weary solvers.

The first puzzle by the Milton Bradley unit of Hasbro Inc. was a Darth Vader head and shoulders. It was all black and about 9 inches tall, The layered Star Wars 3D jigsaw puzzles were also made by The Really Useful Games Co. in the U.K. and, years later, by Educa Borras in Spain.

In 1999, a large-scale all-white Jar Jar Binks and a black and red Darth Maul sculpture puzzle were issued along with smaller heads of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Podracer Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. Later, Educa Borras would also released a green Yoda, a white and black Stormtrooper and a black and gray Kylo Ren.

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Steve Sansweet is owner and Executive Chairman of Rancho Obi-Wan, former Head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm and contributor to, and previously the longest-running Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles.