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One of the more interesting mysteries of Star Wars: Episode VIII is what exactly takes place on Ahch-To. Before Rey arrived at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker was not alone, but rather sharing the island of Ahch-To with some surprising inhabitants, as we will see in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
The featured creatures of Ahch-To have befriended Luke Skywalker during his residency as a Jedi recluse. Luke’s little friends are avian in nature. Skellig Michael is where the island of Ahch-To was first glimpsed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The new creatures from Episode VIII are actually designed after the puffins that inhabit the area in our real world. So there should be little question if the design actually fits the environment.
Rumor has it the creatures have razor sharp teeth and are a mixture of the terrifying and the adorable. They’re sort of like a bird mixed with a Gremlin. Someone once said it was like the Star Wars version of a Furby, but the look and feel is so Star Wars they loved it. Basically combine a puffin, a Furby, and Star Wars it up and you have yourself an idea of what this creature is. They’re tiny–maybe 15 inches tall or so. I was apprehensive when I first heard “Furby,” but no one speaking of the design has anything bad to say about it. In fact, those that have seen the tiny puppets on set are overjoyed by their presence in the film.
The other rumor worth noting is that the “puffin” that personally has screen time with Skywalker sees himself as a “protector of the island(s) on Ahch-To.” Luke Skywalker has permission to be there while Rey does not. Rey has a sequence on Ahch-To where she fights a rather large sea monster (we have also heard she wears a black cloak during this sequence over the costume we described before). It has been suggested but not confirmed that Rey’s besting of the sea monster grants her permission to be at the sacred location by the “puffins.” However, the sequences could be totally unrelated.
Should we be surprised that the production deemed “Space Bear,” is bringing us the first pint-sized creatures in the Star Wars saga since the Ewoks? I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see how they perform in Star Wars: Episode VIII next year. We should have more on these creatures pretty soon.