MOS EISLEY CANTINA: LOOKING FOR MORE 1/6 SCALE STATUES
The jaw dropping Mos Eisley Cantina with its wretched hive of scum and villainy is one of the most recognizable environments from the Original Trilogy, and much a part of our collective cinematic memory; it's a source of mystery that has endured the test of time and still fascinates most viewers today..
A few years ago, and dealing directly with this scene in the film, Gentle Gentle offered three of what a good number of folks collecting their product see as their best 1/6 scale statues. The Cantina Alien Statues, as they are referred to frequently, included Greedo, Ponda Baba and Blue Snaggletooth. Two of these (Greedo and Ponda Boba) were given black rectangular bases with an attached piece of the Cantina bar countertop for each character to lean on. Snaggletooth, on the other hand, was placed in the center of a black round base, sitting on a Cantina bar stool. All three show a high level of detail and their poses are rather appealing. Then everything stopped ...
For years now many collectors have been left with a thirst for more of these Cantina Alien Statues to be produced, as recorded by online discussions in forums and social media. Recently the conversation has surfaced once again, at a time where it seems Gentle Giant Studios are listening to collectors' wishes and producing some obscure characters for its mini bust line that truly did not stand much of a chance in the past. With that in mind, and once again as an effort looking forward to get into our collection more of what's been desirable for a while, this thread intends to discuss all characters we would like to see produced from the infamous Mos Eisley Cantina as 1/6 statues, which would be the perfect size to really bring all their details to life. Furthermore, choosing the one Cantina statue with the most entries, would give us all a specific character to target and one to rally behind as the one for Gentle Giant to produce next. Nothing is for sure in this world of ours. Nothing can assure our effort will produce what we want, BUT rather than to do nothing, we owe it to ourselves as a community to, at least ... try!
- What Cantina character statue would you like to see produced next?
- Would you like GG to use the same rectangular and round plain base surfaces they used for the previous three or would you be rather interested in sandy bases instead?
YOUR CHOICE. YOUR SELECTION. OUR EFFORT!
Flashback: Pictures of the Cantina set
The ‘Blob Alien’, a.k.a. Wioslea, From the London Cantina Shoot
George Lucas “came in with a drawing of a multi-eyed blob that he’d done while sitting in the airport, and yeah, we built it, and we all hated it,” makeup artist Nick Maley says of this creature
Rick Baker’s Makeup Crew in L.A. with Cantina Masks
Pioneering effects artist Rick Baker was in charge of creature design for the second cantina shoot in Los Angeles. The core crew consisted of friends from his stop-motion animation days. From left: Laine Liska, Phil Tippett, Jon Berg, Doug Beswick, and Rick Baker
Masks Created for the Second Cantina Shoot
The creatures’ on-set nicknames included Yam Nose (far left), Hammerhead (second-to-left), Google-Eyes (identical aliens at center), and Skull Head (far right). Note also the cantina band mask at upper right
Doug Beswick Sculpts the Masks for the Cantina Band
Note the second mouth on the creature’s neck, as seen in Rick Baker’s concept sketches at right.
Rick Baker’s Werewolf and Devil Masks
Baker offered these masks from his personal collection to Lucas, telling him they could be “stuck in the background.” To his surprise, close-ups of both creatures made the final
the alien was nothing but a mask with a sleeve from his neck down that makeup artist Laine Liska would move around. The eyes of the alien were illuminated by a flashlight shoved in the back of his head/mask.
Original Sketches for Hem Dazon and Finished Masks
At left, sketches by Laine Liska (bottom left) and Rick Baker (upper right) for the alien who pops up at the beginning of the cantina scene. The finished mask, fabricated by Liska, is shown on the right with the heads of Greedo and a cyclops alien
Skull and Devil Masks from L.A. Cantina
At center, the original masks for Skull Head (Elis Helrot) and Louie the Devil (Kardue'sai'Malloc) as they look today. The outside images show the masks in 1977 at Rick Baker’s studio
The London Cantina Set
A wide shot of the original cantina set. Check out all the aliens characters around.
More characters from the Cantina: