The Mos Eisley cantina is a well known location in the Star Wars universe. It’s where we see Ben Kenobi use his lightsaber for the first time, it’s where Han Solo and Greedo have a standoff, and it’s where Ben and Luke Skywalker meet Han and Chewbacca. Beyond those key moments, think of the quotable lines that were spoken. “Sorry about the mess,” “You’ll be dead,” and “I’m not such a bad pilot myself,” were all uttered inside the cantina’s walls.
Here’s an excellent collection of models, set and character drawings, and production stills from the Mos Eisley cantina scene in Star Wars: Episode IV. The gallery is a fascinating look behind the scenes at one of the most seminal sequences in science fiction.
The scene, which introduces Han Solo, is one of the most iconic pieces of sci-fi world-building in cinema, igniting imaginations for decades with its colorful array of shady aliens that set the tone for the Star Wars universe as a living, breathing place that extended beyond the camera’s frame.