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Krayt Dragon - Star Wars IV

This is an actual fragment of the Krayt Dragon prop skeleton from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). Salvaged from the sands of Tunisia, this item is an excellent and affordable collectible for any Star Wars fan!

Krayt Dragon - Star Wars IV

The Krayt Dragon first appeared in the Second Edition of the Mini Museum. We're pleased to offer it once again as a standalone specimen!

Above: Front of the specimen card.

On May 25th, 1977, George Lucas' Star Wars premiered in theaters. The film was an instant success. Fans saw the movie multiple times, sometimes on the same day. Star Wars went on to become a global phenomenon and still remains the third highest-grossing film of all time (inflation-adjusted).

This specimen is a fragment of the fiberglass from the "Krayt Dragon," the long serpentine skeleton C-3PO encounters soon after separating from R2-D2 on Tatooine.

 

The “Krayt Dragon,” a creature from the planet Tatooine, appears in skeletal form in an early scene of the film after C-3PO has separated from R2-D2. The long serpentine skeleton resting on a sand dune signals that this desert and the universe as a whole is a strange and dangerous place.

Lucas chose to film the desert scenes in Tunisia after being inspired by the area’s architecture. Early scouting of the area heavily influenced the design of the houses and streets seen in the film. There was also a practical element to Tunisia as compared to other places in North Africa, as there are a variety of geologic features within close proximity to each other. Dunes, ravines, and salt flats were all within a half hour’s drive, making shooting in several varied sets far easier. Tunisia’s strongest influence on the film would actually be the name of a city in the area: Tataouine.

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