Saving Yoda

Saving Yoda

Help a veteran Star Wars creature builder
and a crew of practical FX enthusiasts recreate the world’s favorite alien.

We said we would rebuild Yoda and make a working, practical effects, puppet using the same techniques as we used to build the original… AND WE DID! The process continues, but here is the first prototype in action…

For information on charitable events and other appearances of Nick and Yoda, visit

The original Indiegogo Saving Yoda appeal




  • Because loyal SW fans, everywhere, keep asking for a return to a practical FX, and Disney should have available a rebuilt Yoda puppet for any new movies that take place before Yoda’s death.
  • Because members of the team that built the original Yoda are the best people to recreate a duplicate.
  • Because fans feel that the digital yoda has lost the fun and charm and realism of the original puppet.
  • Because Frank Oz and his associate puppeteers did it better.
  • Because Disney probably won’t risk making another puppet after the unpopular version in A PHANTOM MENACE. But if one is ready built, and proven, they are much more likely to return to a practical Yoda.
  • Because nobody has ever explained how the original Yoda (and other classic SW characters) were constructed, and we want to tell those stories at SW conventions around the world, using virtual holograms of the SW personalities that created those characters, and raising money for charitable foundations.

But most of all…

Because we all want to see a Yoda movie!!!


  • Nick Maley, known internationally as “that Yoda Guy” because of his contribution to the creation of four original Yodas made for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is supervising this project to ensure that every detail of the original close-up puppets is adhered to.

  • A crew of professional sculptors, creature effects artists, and cosplay enthusiasts have volunteered their skills and facilities to create this duplicate of the original puppet Yoda.
  • If enough funds can be raised, Nick will ask other surviving members of the original Yoda crew to duplicate the elements of Yoda that they originally created.

and finally…

YOU! Because it’s your contribution that will make this happen.


We want to create…

  • A duplicate animatronic close-up puppet constructed exactly as the original puppet was built, available for future SW movies.
  • An animatronic Yoda for display at conventions where donations raise funds for charitable foundations.
  • A virtual holographic exhibit of Star Wars veteran creature builders, discussing their part in the creation of the original Yoda, for display at conventions around the world, where donations raise funds for charitable foundations.
  • A radio controlled Yoda that duplicates the one in Luke’s backpack.
  • A display of the parts of the original Yoda puppets, demonstrating the manner in which they were created, for display at conventions where donations raise funds for charitable foundations.


  • The modeling, casting, fabrication and animatronics required for Yoda’s construction are being shared, internationally, amongst workshops in England, Germany and the Caribbean.
  • If the new puppet is used to film a new SW movie, it will probably be filmed in England.
  • If donations allow, the elements, molds and puppet will be available to be displayed at Star Wars related conventions around the world.


This project is intricate, precise and expensive. It can only be achieved through the kind support of members of the original Yoda crew and the efforts of talented volunteers. Materials and expenses will be paid for with donations made by fans and enthusiasts… like you. Without those, our efforts will be in vane. So, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE. Make a small donation and get a commemorative perk documenting YOUR part in SAVING YODA.

Yoda FAQ

Q. Yoda is dead? Why build a duplicate?
A. Disney have announced at least two new “Anthology” movies that take place before Episode IV (when Yoda is alive) and more are likely to follow.

Q. Can you build a Yoda for me?
A. Sorry, No. That would be a copyright infringement. We can only build a puppet and offer it for use to the copyright holder or use it to raise money for non-profit causes, or use it for legitimate autobiographical purposes. We can not sell any Yoda that we make without a relevant license.

Q. Doesn’t your Yoda look younger than Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back?
A. There are two reasons for that…
(i) We are designing the new Yoda puppet to be available to Lucasfilm for future SW Anthology movies. Nobody knows what the storyline of those movies might be or when they might take place. So we deliberately minimized Yoda’s aging so that, if necessary, The puppet can be artworked to look 200-400 years younger.
(ii) Our photos are of a clay sculpture with no artwork. The original Yoda skins looked younger before artworking too. Nick Maley is a fine artist who’s artwork has hung in museums and galleries internationally, having toured the world with UNESCO. If he can paint an old face on a blank white canvas, he can certainly accentuate the modeling in our new sculpt to make it look much older. Our aim with this sculpt was to provide maximum possible variations to suit whatever story Lucasfilm might envisage.


Work in Progress

Click the image for photos of Yoda being rebuilt.

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