Disney Infinity is heading to a galaxy far, far away later this year for Disney Infinity 3.0, which is set to introduce a range of Star Wars themed playsets featuring characters from both the Original and Prequel trilogies, as well as the animated series Star Wars Rebels.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Avalanche Studios’ VP of Art Development Jeff Bunker has offered up some insight into the design work that has gone into the iconic characters, specifically that of Princess Leia.
“Coming up with our own Infinitized version of Leia was really a fun challenge, but at the same time, very daunting,” states Bunker. “The fans of Star Wars are second to none in their passion, so we really felt we had to come up with a Leia that would hold up to their scrutiny and they would appreciate. When considering Leia, the first thing we had to decide was which Leia. As any fan of the films knows, there are a number of different outfits and hair styles she wears throughout the films. We always strive to capture the most iconic or representative attitude, pose and costume for any character, so it didn’t take very long to decide on the Leia with the bun hair style and white dress. There might not be a more famous costume in film. We began the model looking for enough resemblance to Carrie Fisher to be authentic while still pushing the important features. There was a fine line when creating her caricature, as it’s very easy to push too far and lose the appeal. When talking with Lucasfilm about Leia, they made it clear that she was a strong woman… very independent, strong-willed and a leader… When designing her pose, she should not come off as sexy or sultry in any way. So we worked hard to find a pose that captured a moment where she is determined and in control.”
Here’s a glimpse at the design process for Princess Leia, from initial concept through to the final character model…
Disney Infinity 3.0 is set for release later this year on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, iOS and Android.