Raiders of the Lost Ark (movie)

'Star Wars Rebels' artists voyage to Skywalker Ranch for inspiration

R2-D2 rests on the floor inside a dimly lit storeroom next to the Ark of the Covenant from "Raiders of the Lost Ark." An array of light sabers fills an entire shelf, enough to rival even the most well-prepared Jedi armory. Bizarre alien masks, including a pig-faced Gamorrean guard from the "Return of the Jedi" Jabba's palace sequence look down over an armada of models, including the Millennium Falcon, a hulking AT-AT walker and the sinister Imperial Star Destroyer.

We are inside the Lucasfilm archive at the heart of George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. Access is strictly controlled and it's easy to see why. Every prop, costume, painting and file from Lucasfilm's...