Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects company founded by George Lucas, was set up in 1975 by the Star Wars creator to pioneer groundbreaking special effects in his original space saga.
And, well, that was some truly magic craftsmanship back in the day when the earlier Star Wars movies were being released.
Quite extraordinarily, today we've been blessed with around 140 never-before-seen photographs, from the years of 1977 to 1983, detailing the incredible model-building process and the awe-inspiring end-results.
Here's a small sample of the whole bunch, which you can check out here:
Don't those tickle your fanboy-ish fancy? Thought so... enough to bring a tear to my eye, that is a gorgeous collection of art. To hell with CGI, my friends, this is true beauty.
Over four decades in, ILM has grown to become one of the largest visual effects companies in the world. It has done the effects for over 300 films, including Back to the Future, ET and Avatar, as well as the recent reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the upcoming next installment in the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.
Looking forward to seeing what ILM have in store for Star Wars: Episode VII?