These New Alien Creatures Protect Luke's Island In 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - 12:52PM
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - 12:52PM
These New Alien Creatures Protect Luke's Island In 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'
In The Force Awakens, we found Luke on a desolate-looking planet out in the middle of nowhere going full hermit-mode, Yoda style. We didn't even see where he was living, though judging by his relatively clean Jedi robes, he has access to a laundry service somewhere. So what's the deal? Is Luke the only living being on Ahch-To? It'd make Rey's arrival the first conversation he's probably had in years, which is interesting. But from the rumors, it sounds like Luke hasn't been alone at all—he's apparently been hanging out with some new Star Wars creatures, and they're not very fond of Rey.

According to Making Star Wars, the creatures are based on one particular real-life animal found on the shooting location for Ahch-To (the island of Skelling Michael): puffins. Here's the description:

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"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...They're tiny–maybe 15 inches tall or so."
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These murderous little Chocobo lookalikes have apparently befriended Luke and allowed him to stay on their island, but their leader (the one that will presumably get screen-time), isn't sold on Rey staying in their territory. So it appears Rey will have to prove herself to not only Luke, but an avian Muppet. How will she do this? Well, there's one other creature that's native to the islands:

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Rey has a sequence on Ahch-To where she fights a rather large sea monster...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."
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So Rey is now rumored to be fighting a giant sea monster, too. All Luke had to do in his training with Yoda was give his master some piggyback rides and stand on his head. Will we be seeing a parallel training montage with Rey and Kylo? Only time will tell. All we know is that Snoke's puppet sounds a lot cooler than these nightmare-puffins.

Star Wars: Episode VIII hits US theaters on December 15th, 2017.
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