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Around the end of the long walkway set for the live action Star Wars streaming series The Mandalorian, we got our first glimpse of an alien creature today. When I first saw the creature on the set, I thought he was a puppet because he was so still. I could see the shoes and it was clear it was something and then all of a sudden the creature started to move and my excitement went through the roof. I was looking at a creature from Star Wars on set with my own two peepers.
My guess is this guy’s dad was one of those creatures from The Fifth Element and his mom was the frog dog from Return of the Jedi. I’m not sure if we’ve seen this creature before. With so many films in the last few years, I can’t place this guy and he might be new. We aren’t sure if this creature has been in a Star Wars film before at this point.
Most of the time I was around the location today, the creature sat down next to a moisture vaporator atop the black igneous volcanic rock. I don’t want to overstate the importance of the character. If we had to guess the creature is just an extra that probably looks at someone as they go by. We also saw a couple of women in clothing not unlike his but it wasn’t clear if they just didn’t’ have their masks on or if they were just humans who shop at the same store as this dude.
Here is a gallery of the monster cooling off. At first we thought he had some kind of communicative device in his hands but it appears to just be a hairdryer type fan to cool the poor actor sweating to death inside the suit.
We also saw a lot of interesting stuff on the droid department but it was a blink and you missed it kind of situation. We saw a character that looked sort of looked like Ralph McQuarrie’s concept for R2-D2 that lead to BB-8 but he had a pattern that made Brandon think he was a bit R5-D4 inspired too. Later in the day we saw droid operators showing up with the remotes but sadly we couldn’t document it or get a long enough look at any of it to really commit it to memory very well.
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Update: Keith made us a few side by side comparisons of the creature from The Last Jedi. I like the comparison between the rich asshole version and the poor beggar version. Keith writes:
I watched The Last Jedi and spotted the alien creature you reported on the other day.He’s in the opening shot of the Canto Bight sequence. I’d bet money that it’s the same prosthetichead (cause why wouldn’t you want to save money?) But it is 100% the same species.
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