November 30, 2014 – New this year is the Yoda Santa pin with greeting card available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Tatooine Traders store), online at DisneyPins.com, and at other Disney locations.
The Yoda Santa pin is attached to a bi-fold holiday card and visible through a laser-cut window. The front of the card features an icy Hoth-like background with the words “Silent Knight, Jedi Knight” on top.
The inside of the card features a lighter-colored icy Hoth background, similar to the cover, with the additional words “Happy Holidays”. The pin is removable from the back with two rubber clasps.
The intricate metallic pin appears to be produced and colored via either a soft-enamel or a Cloisonné design process. The white fur trim on Yoda’s Santa hat and robe are further inlaid with a subtle multi-color glitter. (Hold it up to a bright light and watch it sparkle.)
The Yoda Santa image was designed by the late Ralph McQuarrie, a concept artist who George Lucas turned to in the very early years of Star Wars to help sell and realize his vision of Star Wars. Lucasfilm distributed the following holiday card in 1981, with McQuarrie’s Yoda Santa drawing on it, to the cast and crew of The Empire Strikes Back: The pin and card retail for $9.95 (less 10% Disney Annual Passholder discount at certain Disney locations).