Friday, September 12, 2014

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#133)

The Massive Index (Posts #1-#100)
The Less Massive Index (Posts #101-#110)
The Second Less Massive Index (Posts #111-#120)
The Third Less Massive Index (Posts #121-#130)

(Skipped five species, those including Helix IX natives, Kaat Thrick-Thrick's species, Manac-Nebut's species, and mOKDAR 15's species. I say I skipped five, but the fifth [fifth if we're going alphabetically] doesn't really count-I already covered Grebleips' species when their article was named "Children of the Green Planet." They're E.T.'s species, by the way, and their home planet is apparently known as "Brodo Asogi," which I believe is a detail that wasn't in the article previously. "Grebleips" is "Spielberg" spelled backwards, in case you missed that particular groaner.)

1321. Fin-headed species. The fin-headed species is a generic species that made a few appearances here and there.

I mention them because they're modestly neat-looking, though again generic.

Rating: 2/5.

1322. Flying flowers. Okay, get ready. These entities from the Ewoks cartoon (and thus Endorian natives) look like flowers, and can even pretend to be immobile such, but are actually fully mobile beings who can use their petals as helicopter rotors.

Rating: 4/5.

1323. Four-eyed species. Despite the description, at first glance I thought these guys were six-eyed, but upon examining a second picture, apparently the markings that appear to be a third pair of eyes are... not a third pair of eyes.

They look modestly interesting regardless of that.

Rating: 2/5.

1324. Unidentified Gibbela species. Okay, these guys come from a story entitled "The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated." You might suppose, from a title like that, that there must be something befuddling about the natives of Gibbela.

You'd be right: Whilst normally tiny purple people, these guys can also turn into some kind of giant murder bears. (Or so I glean from the scan of the comic page; all we can really see is a big ol' paw of doom, and the fella's hat as it drifts away from his presumably now-too-large head.)

This was apparently sufficient to encourage the Empire never to return to the planet.

Rating: 4/5. Playing something like this seriously can be a bit dull, but using it entirely for laughs is great.

1325. Green reptiloids. Yet another reptilian species that only exists as window dressing, but which I kind of like because they look neat.

Rating: 2/5.

1326. Hepmaga MiOrd's species. A design-an-alien entry, this was one of the honorable mentions.

I can't really tell what I'm looking at, beyond it probably being a bounty hunter of some sort. Also, Hepmaga MiOrd was a member of a clan called the Remplish, and it's apparently ambiguous as to what form of social unit this really was.

Rating: 2/5. There's actually some vaguely intriguing details in there, but... eh.

1327. Jastus Farr's species. There are a lot of features attributed to being typical of this race even though there's only ever been one known individual of it, the Jedi Jastus Farr. Things like "they tend to be light blue" and "they have sideburns." Guys, that might just be Jastus Farr.

Anyway, Jastus Farr gets an awesome point for being one of the few Jedi to actually injure Darth Vader's person at close range, having managed to lightsaber him in the back at one point (which, were it not for Vader's plot armor being thicker than Death Star plating, rightfully should have killed him). He went down like a punk to some stormtroopers a few moments later, though, so I think I have to take that point back. (It's interesting to note that the group involved in that attack was really heavily human in composition-out of eight, only Jastus and two others were nonhuman. It's also interesting to note that Jastus is one of the few Jedi, as opposed to Dark Jedi/Sith, to carry a double-bladed lightsaber.)

Rating: 3/5. The look is kind of interesting.

1328. Judd's species. Yet another blue-skinned Old Republic Jedi? Weird.

Anyway, this guy is some kind of reptilian, and fairly interesting in appearance as a result.

And he's yet another Jedi to be a rare wielder of a nonstandard lightsaber, in this case the "lightstaff" (which is, disappointingly, just a lightsaber with a really long handle-although honestly one with the standard-sized handle doesn't really seem like a great idea if you think about it). He's also unusually vicious and abrasive for an Old Republic Jedi-he apparently called Darth Maul names because Darth Maul's legs had been cut off and grinned at the prospect of a worthy adversary after being bashed in the face. Despite what would generally be considered ominous behavior in a Jedi, he sacrificed himself to save some people from some stuff.

Rating: 3/5.

1329. Keeper's makers. The Keepers created the Keeper, one of those big mysterious entities that popped up in Marvel's old Star Wars comics from time to time. In fact, the Keeper may have been the first such, coming from a story that first started publication in October 1977, which is pretty early in the history of the franchise.

Anyway, all we know about the Keepers is that they were really peaceful and ditched their planet to avoid a war; they created the Keeper to protect their homeworld while they were away.

The Keeper made some android children with elemental powers (!), and they made some giant monsters. So I guess the Keeper's makers must have been/must be pretty rad.

Rating: 3/5.

1330. Lupine species. They're described as "lupine," but the pictured individual, while s/he has legs that I might be willing to agree are at least slightly wolflike, has a head that doesn't look remotely so, including bearing horns.

I mean, does this look like a wolf, or a thing intended to evoke one, to you?

Didn't think so.

Rating: 2/5. It looks entertaining regardless.

-Signing off.

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