The Mandalorian’s “New” Creatures Come From 1980s Ewok Movies

The Mandalorian has made a connection to the 1980s Ewok movies through the presence of blurrgs, but that's not the only time they appear in Star Wars.

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The blurrg creatures featured in The Mandalorian were first introduced in a Star Wars television movie in the 1980s. To many viewers of the original Disney+ series, blurrgs might seem like a brand new species to the Star Wars universe. Although the creatures have not appeared in any theatrical films to date, blurrgs have a history in Star Wars canon.

In the first episode of The Mandalorian, the bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) in focus was tasked with a mission in finding a specific target. The Mandalorian then tracked the target to the planet of Arvala-7. After arriving there, the hunter was attacked by a pair of blurrgs but was rescued by the Ugnaught, Kuiil (Nick Nolte). The moisture farmer from Arvala-7 was skilled in taming the two-legged, non-sentient species. Kuiil then taught the Mandolarian how to control an aggressive blurrg in order to ride the creature for the next leg of his journey. Kuiil and the bounty hunter were then shown riding blurrgs on multiple occasions within the first two episodes.

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Despite the presence of blurrgs in The Mandalorian, the species' first introduction came in Legends continuity with the 1985 film, Ewoks: The Battle of Endor. The TV movie served as a sequel to 1984's The Ewok Adventure. The sequel which took place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi focused on a young orphaned girl who assisted the Ewoks in protecting their village after Sanyassan Marauders invaded the forest moon of Endor. In the film, the Sanyassan Marauders originally used blurrgs as attack creatures due to their large size and forceful bite. Because of their slow movement, the blurrgs were then used for labor, carrying and transporting cargo. But that wouldn't be the last time the creatures appeared in the universe.

How Blurrgs Fit Into Star Wars Canon

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Besides Endor and Arvala-7, blurrgs were native to the planet Ryloth. The planet was featured in multiple episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Clone troopers were known to use blurrgs as part of their forces in the Clone Wars. When the Twi'lek Resistance fought during the Battle of Ryloth, they got their hands on dozens of blurrgs. The Twi'leks rode the beasts in order to charge at droid troops and Separatist forces. Later in the animated series, blurrgs were shown being sold in the markets of Zygerria, a slave planet.

Blurrgs are just the latest element within the Star Wars universe to make an appearance in The Mandalorian. Of course, Disney+ set out to made a new story but it was inevitable that there would be an array of connections to previous projects within the franchise. Unfortunately, for those looking to watch the creatures' introductory appearance, it won't be found on Disney+. As of now, neither of the Ewok movies are included on the Disney streaming service.

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Key Release Dates
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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