For over 40 years, some of the most iconic Star Wars action figures, vehicles, and toys have been designed by Mark Boudreax, senior principal designer for Hasbro's Star Wars toys. But now, Boudreax is retiring from the job and paving the way for new designers to work in the Star Wars toy universe.
“It certainly has been a journey. One I’ll never forget. A once in a lifetime opportunity, for sure. Beyond working on the toys themselves, I would say that it’s been all about working with the people and experiences along the way," Boudreax told StarWars.com. "I remember going to England and sitting in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, in Han Solo’s seat, flipping levers and switches and imagining myself flying the Falcon. I also had the opportunity of sitting on the bridge of the Invisible Hand [from Revenge of the Sith]…before it crashed, of course! Those are things that can never be duplicated, and I’m fortunately one of the few people who have had the opportunity to work so closely on this project for so many years.”
"I don’t see any end in sight for Star Wars and the love that fans have for the story. For a personal point of view, I look forward to seeing whatever story goes beyond Episode IX or any story that goes beyond the Han Solo film. I think good content brings out the fan, and I think we’ll continue to bring out the fan for generations to come. I really don’t see an end in sight."
Hasbro will add Chris Reif as an associate principal designer following Boudreax's retirement, while production design manager Sam Smith will move off of Star Wars to another Hasbro line.