January 12, 2015 – Perhaps the longest-living creature in the Star Wars universe is the sarlacc, an “omnivorous, multi-tentacled creature with needle-sharp teeth and a large beak” according to the Star Wars Encyclopedia. We were first introduced to the sarlacc in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), watching the creature swallow, burp and ever-so-slowly digest the unfortunate victims who fell into its gaping maw. C-3PO provides the details:
C-3PO: Oh, dear. His High Exaltedness, the great Jabba the Hutt, has decreed that you are to be terminated immediately.
Han Solo: Good. I hate long waits.
C-3PO: You will therefore be taken to the Dune Sea and cast into the Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful Sarlacc.
Han Solo: Doesn’t sound so bad.
C-3PO: In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years.
Han Solo: On second thought, let’s pass on that, huh?
The sarlacc in Return of the Jedi inhabits the Great Pit of Carkoon, a depression in the sand of the desert planet Tatooine.
The great challenge for Star Wars collectors and hobbyists is how to accurately recreate the Sarlacc Pit scene. Assuming you were able to acquire or build a custom-made Sail Barge – which is a separate challenge discussed in previous articles HERE – you still have the problem of a missing Sarlaac Pit environment. You cannot simply insert your Lego sarlacc creature (it’s too blocky and unrealistic) or the plastic version from the 2006 playset pictured here, Battle at the Sarlaac Pit (it’s too shiny and out of proportion).
The solution? Build or order your own customized Sarlacc Pit in proportion to your Jabba’s Sail Barge. The following photos were provided by custom model-builder David Styles of Colorado. Completed in January, 2015, the funnel to the maw and surrounding dunes were made from crumpled newspaper and then draped with plaster cloth – the same technique used to make a medical cast when healing broken bones. Sand, paint and physical supports for the custom-made sail barge complete the unique diorama.
For inquiries or custom orders, you can email David Styles at: email@example.com
While patiently waiting for your Sarlaac Pit model to arrive, you can always pass the time by playing the vintage 1983 game, Battle at Sarlacc’s Pit Board Game. It comes with a paper sail barge, 3-D figures which you push into the sarlacc pit, and game cards. Click HERE for current Ebay prices.