Biology and appearanceEdit
Lamproids were a sentient, serpentine species that had veiny, wrinkled and brown-pale skin and a thick, muscular neck. Their heads had a red oral cavity, partly covered by four large, black teeth. They had four black stalks adorning their head, two of which pointed vertically and another two pointed horizontally and shadowed their eyes. At least one Lamproid was known to be Force-sensitive.
Lamproids in the galaxyEdit
In the year 0 ABY, a female Lamproid known as Dice Ibegon was a patron at Chalmun's Cantina on Tatooine. Ibegon was Force-sensitive, and a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. She hoped to convince her lover, Lak Sivrak, to join the Alliance.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "And [George] Lucas walked up and looked at it, too. He said, 'That's really a gross-looking thing! What kind of a rating do we have on this, Gary [Kurtz]?' 'Well, I think it's a PG.' So they said, 'Yeah, let's go ahead and shoot it!'"
- ―Phil Tippett recalls George Lucas and Gary Kurtz's initial reactions to the "drooling arm" cantina puppet
The Lamproid species was designed for the cantina sequence of the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, though they weren't identified on-screen. In 1995, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens established the species' name as Florn Lamproid and the cantina character as Dice Ibegon, in the Star Wars Legends short story "One Last Night in the Mos Eisley Cantina: The Tale of the Wolfman and the Lamproid," part of the anthology Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina. Although not identified as Lamproids in canon, Leland Chee said it's fair to assume species names remain unchanged unless heard otherwise.The character was a hand puppet created by Rick Baker's special effects team. Phil Tippett designed the puppet because many of the other characters in the sequence were humans with masks. Tippett originally intended for the Lamproid puppet to simulate breathing through its mouth parts. It was known as "drooling arm" during production because it was able to emit red slime through an internal tube. In preparation for shooting the close-up featuring the character, Tippett rushed to get the tube fitted into the puppet when producer Gary Kurtz questioned the effect. The blood-like drool was at first approved by George Lucas, though he initially filmed the scene without it. On another take, Tippett's assistant, Laine Liska, worked the mechanism because Lucas called for the goo for the puppet. However, the slime shot further and with more force than intended. Lucas ultimately decided against using the effect in the film due to the mess it caused. During shooting, the character gained the name "Snake Head", but was later officially dubbed "Nake". This became non-canon when One Last Night in the Mos Eisley Cantina: The Tale of the Wolfman and the Lamproid was released.
In canon, the rest of the Lamproids' physiology from where the hand puppet ended has yet to be seen. In the Legends continuity, however, the rest of their body was seen in 2009 with Hasbro's toy line. Their full body Lamproid included six clawed arms, and a long tail.
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)