Lak Sivrak Returns
Last week I did a feature on Lak Sivrak, the Werewolf of the STAR WARS universe. Ol’ Lak came into being as the result of makeup maestro Rick Baker putting one of his pre-existing werewolf masks on an extra for the Mos Eisley Cantina scene in EPISODE FOUR: A NEW HOPE. When George Lucas revamped the movie in the late 90s, LAK was digitally removed from the film and replaced by a CGI character. In the process of reading up on Lak, I learned that Lak had even garnered his own action figure, albeit not during the original run of toys produced during the late 70s and early 80s. Nevertheless I knew that I had to possess one for myself. Thanks to my trusty friend eBay, it only cost me an Abe Lincoln and some change. May I present, then, Lak Sivrak!
Rick Baker worked as a makeup technician, a part of the second unit production for STAR WARS. This was in 1976/77. He would go on to win the first ever Academy Award given for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for his work on AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON just four years later. (He won the award another six times, most recently for the remake of THE WOLFMAN in 2011.)
Now if somebody’d just make an action figure of Baker’s OCTAMAN. Hey, Funko…!