The Porg character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is making anyone who claps eyes on it go ‘awww’, ‘ahhh’ and ‘OMG I NEED ONE’.
So it’s only natural that Disney has decided to
cash in make all of our Christmases come at once by selling soft toy versions of the newest and cutest addition to the Star Wars family.
This Christmas, you could have your very own little Porg to cuddle on the cold winter nights and help you relive The Last Jedi over and over again.
But if hugging a Porg isn’t enough and you want the sound effects too, Disney has also created a talking Porg…
There’s other merchandise available too – including a Porg-shaped mug. Can you think of anything better to drink your hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream from this Christmas?
If you’re not too familiar with the lovable Porgs, let us explain…
First introduced to us in one of the official trailers, a Porg is a fluffy little penguin-type/seal-type thing that are bringing the cute factor back to Star Wars.
All we got to see of the Porg in the trailer was an adorable little shriek and its heart-melting wide eyed stare. Oh, and its cute, fluffy little wings.
But now the film is out from today, we can all rejoice as we can get to know our adorable little friends better in the film.
What does a Porg do?
Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo explained that a porg is not a singular Porg, but a species.
Speaking to the official Star Wars website, Pablo said: ‘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.’
It was Star Wars director Rian Johnson who came up with the idea and name for porgs.
‘I was like, “Oh, this is part of the island, we need to find the Star Wars version of this,’ he said of puffins. ‘And then just story-wise — not that they play a big part in the story — but I knew I wanted to find any source of comic relief I could on the island. And so they were very useful in terms of that.’
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While some think they look like puffins, others penguins and some seals, the idea was actually meant to combine a puffin, a seal and a pug dog.
Creature supervisor Neal Scanlan revealed to People that designers sketched various versions out before drawing a ‘sort of little potato with a pair of legs and some big eyes on it.’
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out 15 December 2017.
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