A new look for Yoda has been revealed for Star Wars: The High Republic, showcasing the character 200 years before we have ever seen him.
Yoda is one of Star Wars’ most iconic characters and we are going to be seeing a lot more of him thanks to the new High Republic publishing initiative.
The series of books and comics are heading our way in 2021, set 200 years before The Clone Wars. Yoda is going to be around due to his immense age and now we have seen some concept art for his new look.
Posted to StarWars.com, it has been revealed that Yoda will feature prominently in Daniel José Older’s Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures comic, from IDW Publishing.
Older has said: “It’s especially exciting to be able to introduce him in the era of the High Republic…the High Republic Yoda is a journeyman out in the galaxy…while he’s already a respected member of the Jedi Council at this point, we meet Yoda in IDW’s The High Republic Adventures series doing what he loves best: looking out for the young folks — in this case, a group of Padawans traveling around the galaxy to learn the ways of the Jedi with a hands-on approach – the Force study abroad program, basically.”
Lucasfilm art director, Troy Alders has talked about the new design: “The goal was to update Yoda, but to be careful and be true to the Yoda that we all know and love…also, to really make sure that the new look was believable, as this is really the first time that there has been an opportunity to update his look and his clothing. It felt like a daunting and enormous responsibility to embark on and get right.
“Well, Yoda is not that much younger — around 700 years old instead of about 900. But we thought that with it being hundreds of years earlier, he would definitely have a different outfit, maybe even more than one. His age, as far as the way that his hair and face look, is maybe just slightly younger, but fairly close to his look in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
“This mission outfit, with just tonal markings on the robe, are inspired by the Jedi Temple architectural details. Many new fans may not even notice these very subtle additions. The temple attire, however, from this special time of the golden age of the Jedi, feels so right with its elegance, and we are all extremely grateful for the artists that helped us arrive at such a beautiful solution for this important milestone in the Star Wars timeline.”
It’s going to be fun to read about Yoda during this time period and to see just how different he is compared to the older versions of the character. Fortunately, The High Republic’s debut isn’t all that far away, with the initiative set to launch early in the New Year.