38 years later, Nogard had fallen into a state if decay. At his studio in the Caribbean, Nick told the story to passengers on Royal Caribbean who said, “lets see him.” To show them the rotting remains would have been a disappointment. But an idea was born; to save Nogard from obscurity, to tell his tale, and to restore him to what he was always meant to be.
Nick is a veteran Special Make-up and Creature Effects Designer who contributed to many creatures for the Classic Star Wars trilogy, including Yoda. Nick was the original designer of Nogard back in 1978. He did the preliminary resculpt for the renovated and supervises the entire project. Nick contributed to over 50 other movies including some of the Superman & Highlander sagas, Krull, The Shining, Lifeforce, The Keep and A Bridge Too Far.
David was a young trainee in 1978 when he modeled the original Nogard. Although that sculpt was less detailed than the renovated version, everything we are redoing is based upon his initial work. Today he continues his work as a puppeteer in Hollywood.
Jörg Steegmüller, Chef sculptor and CEO at Steegmueller Skulpturen in Stuttgart, Germany has been working with Nick to finalize the details of the new Nogard sculpt and has made the new moulds. The Steegmueller Skulpturen workshop is one of two workshop in Germany central to the assembly of Nogard and other figures destined for display in FXpo.
The Wolf Brothers are highly skilled costume builders and CosPlayers, renowned in Baveria, who regularly accompany Nick Maley to events in Nuremberg. Their legendary costumes are fabricated to the highest standards and their diverse fabrication skills in many materials are a great asset to this project. They are staunch supporters of FXpo and have been recreating a Degobah like setting for Nogard in their Nuremberg workshop.
Susanne Spitz is the designer behind Spitz Massdedign. Susanne is a central supporter of FXpo and a member of the Board of Advisors for the FYSF. Her skills and facilities as a costume and dress designer are generally utilized in all FYSF projects. In this particular project she is a key administrative assistant helping the team wherever needed.
The project is largely masterminded, via the internet, by Nick Maley from his Caribbean museum, The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. There he has his home workshop and a version of Nogard will eventually be assembled and displayed there also.
Heike Steiger has been associated with FXpo since the first discussions of the project being assembled in Germany. She is the PR Officer for the WhoIsNogard campaign, a central consultant for FXpo and a member of the Board of Advisors for the FYSF.
Jorg proceeded with the delicate process of moulding the relic whilst not damaging. Silicon was applied in 3 section and a fiberglass jacket kept the silicon in shape after the relic was removed
Wax was melted and poured layer by layer into the sections of the mould. Then the parts were joined together to replicate the relic in it’s deteriorated form
Nick Maley flew in from the Caribbean to join Jorg and start the reconstruction process. First he restored the basic shape, then he focused on refining the form, extending the shrunken tail, adjusted the arms and legs and restoring Nogard’s personality