75192 Millennium Falcon is the first LEGO Star Wars set to include a Porg, the lovable new characters from The Last Jedi – but who are these rotund little critters?
LEGO Star Wars UCS fans looking at the recently released images of 75192 Millennium Falcon can check off the recognisable characters. ‘Han, I know that guy. Leia, that badass princess. Chewbacca, I wish he was my best friend. The Porgs, those erm… erm… wait, who are the Porgs?’
This new characters will be introduced in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with fans first given a glimpse earlier this year when a behind-the-scenes reel included a few seconds of footage featuring the cute little creatures. The LEGO versions are made up of existing parts with a new printed head, looking like they only utilise six bricks each.
Where do Porgs live?
Ahch-To, the same planet that Luke Skywalker was seen chilling out on at the end of The Force Awakens. In fact, the Porgs live on the very same island as Luke.
They look like puffins though?
Well that is exactly how Pablo Hidalgo, of the Lucasfilm Story Group, described them: ‘In many ways, they’re the Star Wars version of puffins. They build nests. They can fly. Their babies are called porglets.’ With puffins native to filming location Skellig Island, it’s almost as if the real life birds were in the background of shots and… no, that is too cynical. Porgs were always going to be in The Last Jedi.
Are these practical effects, or computer generated?
Are Porgs Force sensitive?
Ahch-To seems to be a significant location in the Force, possibly the site of an early Jedi Temple. Another species that lives there are the Caretakers, who seem to be a Force sensitive sect separate to the Jedi. So it stands to reason that Porgs may be Force sensitive too.
Can I keep one as a pet?
Hasbro has an electronic toy that will bring you as close as is possible to that goal It is due for release on Force Friday II, September 1.
If I am vegetarian, but have a compulsion to eat Porgs, is there a solution?
Yes. Starwars.com – the official Star Wars website – offers up a recipe for Porg potatoes.
Can I read stories about the adventures of the Porgs?
Of course, in the storybook Chewie and the Porgs. No, I am still not making this up. On December 15, the storybook, Chewie and the Porgs, will be released.
Is it somewhat cheeky of the LEGO Group to only release the desirable new character in the most expensive ever LEGO set?
Cheeky, or business savvy?
LEGO Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon will be released on October 1, with early access for LEGO VIPs on September 14.
The LEGO Star Wars: The Last Jedi range is released on September 1, with triple VIP points on all LEGO Star Wars orders from then until Sunday, September 3.