This poster by Tibor Helényi (made to advertise the opening of Return of the Jedi in Hungary in 1984) is pretty respectful of the original and drawn by someone who appears to have seen the film, or at least other posters advertising the film.

Who is the lizard guy in the bottom left corner?

Hungarian poster for Return of the Jedi detail of same

For the record I'm aware that Martin Schneider of DangerousMinds.com notes that the artist has a tendency to add "big scary lizard creatures who find no correlative in the movies". I could only find one other example (in his earlier poster for A New Hope) which doesn't seem to represent much of a tendency.


2 Answers 2


It's a Rancor.

Imagine if someone described a Rancor to you, based on Ralph McQuarrie's early sketch design. Imagine that description went through some dubious language translation.

Wouldn't it look something like that?

For reference, here's a copy of that sketch. To me, it's easy to get from this sketch to that image if all you had was a written description that had been translated from English.

enter image description here

Also this early concept art by Joe Johnston shows the tusks:

enter image description here

  • 3
    Why is it holding some sort of staff and has horns.... This is a good answer, I'm just not convinced.
    – Skooba
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 12:29
  • 1
    @Skooba - Well, when you're a fashionable Rancor.... Honestly I don't know. As I said, it'll be an artist's interpretation and s/he would have drawn something that made sense for that time and that artist.
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 19:15

Echoing NKCampbell's comment, this could be Gamorrean Guard Thok. Certainly the tusks are dramatically elongated, and he's more lizard than pig, but you can certainly see the resemblance in the horns, pig nose, tusks, squinting eyes, green skin and the fact that he's holding a pike.

enter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.