How to build a life-size 'Star Wars' Rancor (pictures)
Every few years, "Star Wars" enthusiasts come together for a convention where fans converge and can meet actors, artists, and others involved with the sci-fi saga.
From August 23 to 26, Star Wars Celebration VI will unfold at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. One special guest -- a giant, "life-size" Rancor from "Return of the Jedi" -- might end up participating in more photo opps than Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher.
With a staggering height of 14 feet, this monstrous Rancor (nicknamed "Roxy") originated from 2,000 cubic feet of polystyrene foam. The final form weighs more than 700 pounds and sports an overall claw-to-tail length of 17 feet. In comparison, the original Rancor rod puppet in "Return of the Jedi" only stood 2 feet tall and required three operators.
Designing a monster
A block of foam
Before and after
Beautiful, but deadly
This amusing image demonstrates how photo seekers will stand in the Rancor's claw. Terror not included.
"A tremendous amount of work went into building the Rancor, and it's the first time in history that it's been replicated on this scale," 501st Legion member (and Rancor co-creator) Matt Paisley said in a statement. "Roxy is a labor of love, but seeing the expressions of thousands of Star Wars fans posing in her hungry clawed grip will make it all worthwhile!"
The 501st Legion plans to unveil the Rancor -- along with dozens of costumed "Star Wars" characters -- in its final form on August 11, less than two weeks before the convention.