"Back in the 1990s, the Topps Company dazzled Star Wars enthusiasts with a trio of celebrated trading card sets called the Star Wars Galaxy. These series provided an illustrative, rather than photographic, overview of George Lucas' seminal brainchild. Each showcased art used in the production of the three original movies, art used for their promotion and merchandising, and finally breathtaking, newly-commissioned art inspired by the films themselves. This last and most fanciful gallery, entitled "New Visions," enabled illustrators from both the comic book and mainstream venues to lose themselves in imaginative bliss, dreaming up concepts and characters from Lucas' fantasy universe that never were, but easily could have been.
Not surprisingly, some of these notions were deemed a bit "far out" by Lucasfilm's officially designated editors. Additionally, many seemed at odds with certain aspects of the mythology that hadn't been finalized yet. As a result, a handful of "controversial" New Visions were turned down, relegated to the catacombs of Topps' picture archives. Until now.
With the rebirth of Star Wars Galaxy in the 21st Century as an eagerly-awaited Fourth Series, editors at Topps decided to re-visit those previously rejected paintings and renderings. Today, with so many storyline questions answered by the new episodes, many of these speculative Visions suddenly seemed viable. Some accurately predicted events in Lucas' still-unfolding mythology, while others offered dramatically different takes on key story developments. Either way, it was decided by everyone involved that the time had finally come to reveal these previously-hidden creations to the world."