31 Monster Toys #24: Star Wars – Felucian Rancor
The third and “final” chapter of the Star Wars saga, Return of the Jedi, gave us a taste of the overkill that was to come years later with George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. In an attempt to outdo the famous Cantina scene from the original Star Wars, Jedi provided an entire castle full of monstrous alien thugs, presided over by the slug-like crime lord Jabba the Hutt.
Jabba’s prize pet was an enormous, slavering beast that lived in the basement beneath the sort of convenient trap door that comes standard with a supervillain lair. The Rancor dined on whomever displeased Jabba, which, presumably, was eventually everyone.
While Jabba’s Rancor was killed by Luke Skywalker, subsequent “expanded universe” books and games have introduced Rancors on any number of worlds. Perhaps they’re the Star Wars galaxy’s invasive species, like 30-foot-tall zebra mussels or Asian carp with gigantic claws. The colorful specimen pictured above hails from the planet Felucia via the video game The Force Unleashed.