What’s a wampa?

What’s a gal who is not a star wars fan but a Lego star wars collector have to do when new sets are released?  Research of course. 

This time for the 8089 Hoth Wampa Cave.  I really want the wampa.  But I have no idea why.  Something to do with possessing strange alien creatures I’m sure, but before I do that, some background info so I can decide how many sets I need…

According to the Star Wars Wiki:

Wampa ice creatures were carnivorous predatory reptomammals indigenous to the Outer Rim Territories ice planet Hoth. The bipedal beasts stood over two meters in height with shaggy white fur constantly stained by the blood and guts of slaughtered prey. Wampas were armed with jagged yellow teeth and deadly claws. Primarily solitary hunters, wampas occasionally hunted in packs, preferring to ambush their prey from the camouflage of Hoth’s snow banks and blizzards. Stunned victims were carried back to the creatures’ lairs, typically large ice caves, where the wampas ate at their leisure. The planet’s omnivorous tauntauns formed the bulk of the wampas’ prey…

See, that makes me want it more. See how shaggy and bloody it is?

As for the particular scene depicted in the Hoth Wampa Cave set,

Skywalker, however, failed to report in from his scouting work, as he was attacked by a male wampa while astride his tauntaun. The wampa landed a crushing blow to Skywalker’s face with a swipe of its powerful claw, knocking him unconscious and opening up a gash on the side of his face. His tauntaun was killed instantly with a crushing grip that snapped its neck. When Skywalker awoke, he found himself hanging upside down, his feet frozen to the ceiling of the creature’s cave, and another wampa eating the corpse of his mount.  Using the Force, Skywalker was able to escape the wampa, cutting off the creature’s arm with his lightsaber before it could attack him.”

Interesting factoid: “In the winter of 1977, Mark Hamill was in a serious car accident that left him in need of reconstructive facial surgery. Many believe that the wampa attack on Skywalker was included in the film to explain Hamill’s residual scarring and slightly altered facial features.”

So, are you getting the Hoth Wampa Cave set? 

I know I am, just a question of when… and here are some pics to tempt you before I log off for the night…

and the wampa waves goodbye…

One Response to What’s a wampa?

  1. wongkw says:

    I want this set for the Snowspeeder. Sadly, I read one review that canopy cannot be closed after the minifig are fitted in the cockpit, so I am hesitant still.

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