The Laughably Bad Design of Star Wars

Sure Star Wars looked cool. But the design? Pointless, dangerous, and dumb.

Illegal possession of Laser-rifle

Even if you’re a Star Wars freak, have you ever stopped to consider the design merits of all the gear depicted in the movie? No? You’re in luck, because sci-fi writer John Scalzi has, and he’s compiled a list of the ten most epic fails in Star Wars design.


Here he is on the Storm Trooper uniform:

Stormtrooper Head

They stand out like a sore thumb in every environment but snow, thehelmets restrict view (“I can’t see a thing in this helmet!”–LukeSkywalker), and the armor is penetrable by single shots from blasters.Add it all up and you have to wonder why stormtroopers don’t just walkaround naked, save for blinders and flip-flops.

And on lightsabers:


Yes, I know, I want one too. But I tell you what: I want one with ahand guard. Otherwise every lightsaber battle would consist of sabersclashing and then their owners sliding as quickly as possible down theshaft to lop off their opponent’s fingers. You say: Lightsabers canslice through anything but another lightsaber, so what are you going tomake a hand guard out of? I say: Dude, if you have the technology tomake a lightsaber, you have the technology to make a light hand guard.

And on R2-D2:


Sure, he’s cute, but the flaws in his design are obvious the first timehe approaches anything but the shallowest of stairs. Also: He has jets,a periscope, a taser and oil canisters to make enforcer droids fallabout in slapsticky fashion–and no voice synthesizer. Imagine that designconversation: “Yes, we can afford slapstick oil and tasers, but we’llnever get a 30-cent voice chip past accounting. That’s just madness.”


Check out the other seven–you’ll be happy you did.

[Via Coudal; Image via gdanny]


About the author

Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.