The Star Wars movies have never been short on strange and unusual looking creatures which is why the speculation of a 9-foot sea creature set to appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Still though, to actually see what it looks like is pretty cool. Some concept art for the creature has recently surfaced and it appears as though the creature lives on the planet of Ahch-To, which is where Luke Skywalker currently resides. We have no idea what to expect from this creature right now. It could be friendly or it could be a threat that Luke and Rey will have to deal with. Either way, it’s cool to have a visual of it.
Check out the art below and StarWarsNews also offers additional info and speculation:
Heres a closer look at the sea creature in Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the planet Ahch-to! : pic.twitter.com/LSnyATqVSf
— StarWarsNews101 (@StarWarsNews101) June 11, 2017
To put its size in perspective, based on the two pieces, body and head, we estimate it to be around nine feet tall (around 3 meters), and rounded/wide enough to fit a couple of full sized crafty human puppeteers inside if needed! Now there is no way to determine whether or not the puppet will be size-scaled differently in post-production, but the puppet itself is that large. We can not confirm whether this new creature will have any kind of significant role, or just be a nice addition of environmental filler and depth. We all remember the giant pig-like happabore from The Force Awakens, a pretty large scale physical creation that appeared briefly to drink out of a trough and provide some quick comic relief by knocking Finn aside.
As far as the temperament of the creature, we speculate it’s likely not a threatening figure just from its shape and design alone: very round, lacking mobility, and likely operated by several puppeteers. Yes, I know the Wampa was similar in that way, but at this point if Rey or Luke were to get into combat with a creature on the island, we anticipate something with much more agility and action, likely CGI or a CGI blend of some sort (as long as it’s not rathtars…please no more rathtars).