Boudreaux joined Kenner as a University of Cincinnati co-op student in 1977, the year that George Lucas’ Star Wars first hit theaters. During his lengthy career, he designed all of the 3.75-inch scale Millennium Falcon vehicles, including the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Battle Action version for which he was honored with a 2015 TAGIE Award at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair for Excellence in Toy Design.
As senior principal product designer for Hasbro’s Star Wars team, Boudreaux’s work has come full circle, most recently with a 40-year-old toy that made its live-action debut on The Mandalorian. Developed as an original toy that kids could use to extend the Star Wars adventure at home, the Imperial Troop Transporter never appeared in the original films and didn’t enter the Star Wars canon until it appeared in animated form on Star Wars Rebels a few years back. Following its live-action appearance during the season-ending cliffhanger of The Mandalorian on Disney+, the vehicle is back in stores as a new addition to the Star Wars Vintage Collection lineup.
Boudreaux also designed the gigantic Jabba’s Sail Barge, which was successfully crowdfunded through the Hasbro Pulse HasLab platform.
There will be additional changes to the Hasbro Star Wars team following Boudreaux’s departure.
Veteran droid builder and designer Chris Reiff is joining the Hasbro Star Wars design team as an associate principal designer. Reiff has worked professionally on Star Wars-related products for the past 25 years, including recent books such as the Haynes‘ Owners’ Workshop Manuals for Rebel Starfighters, Imperial TIE Fighters, and the Millennium Falcon.
Sam Smith will be moving off the Star Wars brand following his run as product design manager. Smith will transition to other lines within Hasbro’s action brands portfolio.
The Hasbro Star Wars team will continue to be led by Vickie Stratford, senior director of product design.