When A New Hope came out back in 1977, it brought things that we had seen a million times before. Laser guns weren’t new. Creatures weren’t new. Spaceships weren’t new. Robots weren’t new. Yet George put all of these things we had seen before and mixed them into a style that had never been tried. It all felt so new. These things would go on to inspire sci-fi/fantasy for decades. One of the most memorable of these rehashed oldies were the creatures from the Chalmun’s Cantina on Tatooine. While George hated that scene because it was rushed, over budget and was mostly restyled Halloween masks of the day, it stuck with movie goers forever. Star Wars has been and always will be filled with such a diverse field of aliens. Some we love. Some we hate. Others we respect but loathe. Some we loathe but love. Here are my top 10 canon species from the Star Wars universe.
Coming in at number ten, the Chiss, as a race, are unknown in canon save for a single being, but when that single being has the impact that Mith’raw’nuruodo has had on the Star Wars scene, we can make the exception. Deep blue skin with red eyes and black hair, Thrawn can paint an imposing picture wherever he goes. Given how skilled and intelligent he is, it can be a bit intimidating to know he isn’t even the best of his species. What other species can ruin your day just by studying your art?
I don’t think any of us will forget the first time we saw Jabba the Hutt come to life on the big screen in Return of the Jedi. There had never been a puppet like him before. It took no less than 6 people to operate Jabba and bring him to life. Jabba and his Hutt clan would show up time and again through out books and comics. The Hutts become so powerful they are a major faction for the Galactic republic and Empire to deal with. They even have their own sector of space they control. While they are slow creatures, you don’t run cartels and gangs by being weak and dim-witted. They are a galactic force to be reckoned with both on and off the scales.
When Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came out one of the catch phrases fans would yell is “Apes on horses!” What could be better than apes on horses? MONKEYS WITH BLASTER CANNONS! The Lakaru are one of the newer species to the Star Wars universe, but while we were waiting for the movie I do not know that there was a more unforgettable scene than a space monkey unloading his automatic laser cannon out the side hatch of his U-Wing and then laughing maniacally at the camera. Bistan had a small roll in Rogue One, but he is a hard guy to forget. They were small but spunky as hell.