Star Wars is loaded with a myriad of creatures. With this in mind, we would like to introduce some of these fictitious beasts to you--but not always in the context of the movies. There are many takes on the creatures from a galaxy far, far away. Some are in the form of "scientific research" designed and written by professional writers and artists working for Lucasfilm/Lucasbooks. Others involve comedic representations of the animals and take the form of parody. Still others involve fan-based creations.
For this, the first of what I hope will be many explorations into the fauna of the Star Wars universe, we'll take a look at the Bantha--and then at something else (bear with me--it's worth it).
According to the Wookieepedia (the Star Wars Wiki), Banthas are defined as follows:
"The bantha was one of the most adaptable herbivorous creatures in the galaxy and could be found on several worlds. They were able to survive in almost any extremes of environment and could go without food or water for several weeks. Although bantha subspecies had diverged from their baseline ancestors, most shared similar characteristics. They were quadrupeds that were covered with shaggy fur and had large curved horns. A common bantha adult (Bantha majorus) was between two and three meters tall and could weigh up to 4,000 kilos. Their lifespan was between 80 and 100 years and they reached sexual maturity at the age of 20. Some sentient species have been known to ride banthas, such as Tusken Raiders."
Using this as an inspiration, Chubbs the Pug had his mommy make him a Bantha costume--complete with Tusken Raider.
Though the original Banthas for Star Wars were elephants in giant costumes, I think they could have saved some money by using Chubbs. He looks pretty good!
For more information concerning the Bantha, go to Wookieepedia.
For more Chubbs, check out his Facebook page!
John P. Barker
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