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Vote Jaxxon!

October 14th, 2009 No comments

ToyFare magazine is conducting a “fan poll” to determine a Star Wars character to be immortalized in Hasbro’s action figure line. And, against all odds, among the final choices is one I’ve been wanting for many years: Jaxxon, the Lepus Carnivorous!

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of him. He’s part of what is known in fan circles as the “Expanded Universe,” and known elsewhere as merchandising spin-offs.

Back in 1977, if you wanted a regular Star Wars fix, there was only one place to get it outside of a movie theater: Marvel’s monthly comic book. The first six issues adapted the original movie, but issue #7 began a whole new series of adventures that spanned the next decade.

That first brand-new story arc featured Han Solo and Chewbacca on a trip to the planet Aduba 3, where they found themselves in a thinly-disguised Seven Samurai rip-off. Fair enough, since George Lucas himself had admitted to being influenced by director Akira Kurosawa’s other films in constructing his space saga.

As it turned out, one of the seven eight heroes left to save the local villagers from raiders was a six-foot tall, green rabbit named Jaxxon, the Lepus Carnivorous.

Yes, it was as silly as it sounds, and I’ll admit that at the time I thought it was kinda stupid. But time and nostalgia have changed my feelings toward the green galoot. Besides, considering some of the characters that were later deemed good enough to feature in the prequel films, Bugs Bunny with a laser pistol fits right in.

So, here’s what I’m asking. Even if you couldn’t care less, please visit the web poll and cast a vote (or three) for Jaxxon. Do it for the children. (Or rather the fortysomething man-children.) You have my thanks!