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"Those Imperials are causing trouble again. Some of their bucketheads had a firefight that damaged a load of ships, and a poor droid leaked oil everywhere."
―Elis Helrot[src]

Elis Helrot was a Givin pilot and spice smuggler who spoke with the bounty hunter Bossk about the fugitive Imperial droid 261 in Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine in the year 0 BBY. Helrot was present in Chalmun's Cantina when the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi got into an altercation with the thugs Ponda Baba and Cornelius Evazan.

BiographyEdit

Elis Helrot and Bossk

Elis Helrot spoke to Bossk in Mos Eisley.

Elis Helrot was a Givin who worked as a pilot and a smuggler of spice during the reign of the Galactic Empire.[1] In the year 0 BBY,[2] Helrot was in the spaceport of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine when the rogue Imperial astromech droid 261 crashed its stolen Lambda-class T-4a shuttle in one of the port's hangar bays after escaping from the Death Star superweapon with sensitive Imperial files. Imperial stormtroopers then engaged the droid in a firefight and managed to damage it, but 261 managed to escape while leaking oil.[3]

When the Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk arrived in Mos Eisley in search of 261 a short while later, he spoke with Helrot in one of the spaceport's buildings about the events of the crash.[3] Later that year,[4] the Givin was sat at a booth table with the Gotal Feltipern Trevagg and the H'nemthe M'iiyoom Onith in Chalmun's Cantina in Mos Eisley when the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi used his lightsaber to fend off the thugs Doctor Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba at the cantina's bar.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

Elis Helrot had white skin and black eyes.[1] The Givin spoke disparagingly of Imperial stormtroopers to the bounty hunter Bossk.[3]

EquipmentEdit

Elis Helrot wore a black shirt with a white shawl while in Mos Eisley.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Another booth-based reshoot alien, this walking skeleton with the anguished face was based on original illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie. It was nicknamed "Skull Head," and was to have the proper name of Kull."
―Author Pablo Hidalgo, discussing the creation of Elis Helrot[src]
Cantina masks MOSW

Elis Helrot's mask was made by Rick Baker.

Helrot's first appearance in canon was in the 2016 children's activity book Bounty Hunt, which was written by Katrina Pallant, illustrated by Robert Ball.[3] However, the character who would eventually be known as Elis Helrot[1] was originally created for the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[5]

The character did not actually make it into the final cut of the film,[6] but was portrayed on set by special effects artist Jon Berg[7] who sat in a booth with the aliens[5] that would later be named as M'iiyoom Onith and Feltipern Trevagg,[1] during the shooting of supplemental footage for the cantina scene during post production. Berg wore a rubber mask constructed by makeup artist Rick Baker,[8] who had based the design on one of artist Ralph McQuarrie's pieces of concept art.[9] Helrot's name and presence at Onith and Feltipern's table in the cantina were then confirmed to be canon in the sourcebook Star Wars: Complete Locations, which was released in 2016.[1]

On set, Helrot was originally known by the nicknamed "Skull Head", and plans were made to officially name the character Kull, although these never came to fruition.[9] Instead the character was given the name of "Elis Helrot" in the 1995 release of the Decipher, Inc. Star Wars Customizable Card Game's Premiere Limited set.[10] According to a Star Wars CCG fan site, Elis Helrot was named as an anagram of Decipher game creator Rollie Tesh.[11]

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  2. In Bounty Hunt, the Death Star's superlaser is fully operational, and Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and thus the completion of the superweapon, take place in 0 BBY. Since the Death Star was destroyed in the Battle of Yavin (Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope), which also takes place in 0 BBY according to the Galactic Atlas, it can be assumed that the events in Bounty Hunt take place in 0 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Bounty Hunt
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, including the Chalmun's Cantina sequence, take place in 0 BBY. Elis Helrot is depicted as being present for this sequence in Star Wars: Complete Locations.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Databank title Givin in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  6. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  7. Weller, Scott (2012-03-09). STAR WARS AT 35: CELEBRATING THE CANTINA CREATURES. Archived from the original on September 23, 2017. Retrieved on September 23, 2017.
  8. SWInsider "The Beastmaster!"—Star Wars Insider 126
  9. 9.0 9.1 SWicon Cantina Roll-Call: Shedding Light on Some Alien Aliases on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  10. SWCCGsmall Star Wars Customizable Card GamePremiere Limited (Card: Elis Helrot)
  11. Anagramed Decipherians. Corellian Engineering Corporation. ReoCities (2005-08-15). Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved on May 9, 2014.