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Vintage Rancor Keeper

May 18, 2010

The Rancor Keeper, or Malakili as he would later be called, is actually one of my favorite characters from Jabba’s palace. I think it’s because you can get an idea of his backstory even from the few seconds he is on film. Most of the palace aliens were essentially window dressing that had backstories invented later on, but you can tell by the way he reacts to the Rancor’s death that there was a bond between the two of them. I tried to have Jeff Confer capture some of this in the Cute Rancor and Keeper ink drawing he did for me.

He was certainly not one of the more popular figures in the vintage line, though. They were literally giving them away at the end.

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