Life-Sized Rancor Unleashed On Star Wars Fans

By Brent McKnight | Updated

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Star Wars Celebration VI took place this past weekend in Orlando, Florida. All manner of Star Wars geeks rallied together to celebrate George Lucas’ beloved sci-fi franchise. There was art, panels, discussion, hell, Lucas himself even stopped by for a surprise visit, which I’m sure caused quite the stir among the crowd.

One other thing that the Celebration featured was a life-sized model of a Rancor, dubbed Roxy. A while back we featured a video of the model in progress, a feat sponsored by the 501st Legion, a collective of costume enthusiasts who use their outfits to promote all things Force-related. Over the course of the weekend, Nerd Approved got all up in Roxy’s business, taking a bunch of photos in the process.

Here’s Roxy, doing what Rancors do.

Here you get a good sense of the scale of the thing. She’s massive.

That’s just terrifying.

This close-up gives you a good sense of the minute detail and the level of specificity that went into creating Roxy.

And of course you should always teach your children proper Rancor-handling techniques. Start them off young, get them comfortable around the creatures, and they’ll carry that with them their entire lives. There are a ton more pictures on the website.

Am I the only one who gets sad when Luke kills the Rancor in Return of the Jedi? Not necessarily for the creature, but when they show the Rancor keeper tearing up, that gets to me. It wasn’t an evil, bloodthirsty beast to him; it was a pet, a friend, maybe a member of the family. Don’t get me wrong, Luke did what he had to do, but there was some definite collateral damage involved.