Meet the Porgs, the Adorable New ‘Last Jedi’ Creatures You’re Going to Be Obsessed With (If You Aren’t Already)
One of the best things about Star Wars — given that it’s set in a galaxy far, far away full of fabulous planets and fantastic species — is how many weird alien creatures sneak their way into these movies. The original trilogy gave us wampas, banthas, Ewoks, and tauntauns, on Geonosis we saw Anakin, Padme, and Obi-Wan fight the reek, the nexu, and (my favorite), the acklay, and The Force Awakens gave us a very thirsty happabore. Earlier this week, Lucasfilm gave us a closer behind-the-scenes look at The Last Jedi and while a lot of the stuff in there was cool, the best part was the porgs.
There’s always gotta be one Star Wars beast to bring the cute factor. With the originals it was the Ewoks, in the prequels it was Watto (just kidding), and in the new trilogy, it looks like it’s going to be the porgs. That BTS video showed us just a couple of quick shots of these little animatronic bird-guinea-pig-penguin dudes, and immediately everyone on the Internet fell in love. StarWars.com debuted some concept art of our new best friends today, along with a short chat with Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo.
Look at their TEETH. Their LITTLE FEET. Their HUGE EYES.
Hidalgo described the porgs as puffin-like, and revealed that their homeworld is Luke Skywalker’s current hideout.
Porgs are native to Ahch-To, and can be found dwelling along the cliffs of the island where Luke and Rey are. In many ways, they’re the Star Wars version of puffins. They build nests. They can fly. Their babies are called porglets.
PORGLETS!!! I’m fine. Really, I’m doing great.
Hidalgo also explained that some of the porgs — probably the ones featured in close-ups, are animatronic, while others are realized with CGI. They’re also very curious, given that no one usually visits their island.
Ever since that roadside scavenger let out that belch outside Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi, the idea that there’s an entire animal kingdom living amid the drama and adventure of the Star Wars saga is a compelling one. Besides, porgs are cute. You fall into those deep, soulful eyes. I think a lot of people are going to want a porg as a pet.
Well, he’s right about that. Since they are, tragically, not real, I’ll settle for a small plushie of one though. We’ll probably be seeing tons of them in Target come December.
The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.