Thursday, September 11, 2008
Designer of Star Wars toys says it’s ‘fun but not all games’
PAWTUCKET, R. I. — In this not-too-distant toy galaxy, a giant yellow Naboo Starfighter hangs in Mark Boudreaux’s office, hovering over rows of Imperial Shuttles, Jedi Starfighters, Snowspeeders, and armies of miniature Storm Troopers.
“Star Wars completely surrounds you,” Boudreaux says. “It’s like... the force.” Boudreaux has been a different kind of force here at Hasbro Inc.: He’s the longest-running toy designer in the Star Wars saga — the Yoda of the toy design department. Since 1977 he has had a hand in designing and developing toys, action figures and vehicles from each of the seven Star Wars movies, including the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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