Star Wars: The Last Jedi is bringing new meaning to the term silver fox with these new crystalline foxes.One of the most intriguing new creatures introduced into the Star Wars universe, yes, even more than the porgs, is the crystal fox we first saw in the official trailer release. This silver fox, known as the Vulptex, is a majestic creature inhabiting areas around the new Rebel Alliance base on the ice planet Crait. What's just as intriguing is how they're made behind the scenes.
The first experiments in creating the animal involved strapping a dog with clear drinking straws to capture the effects and movements of what would become the crystals. In the end, 25,000 crystals were used to bring the Vulptex to life.
Neal Scanlan, head of Star Wars' practical effects creature shop stated:
"The idea is that these wonderful, feral creatures had lived on this planet and had consumed the planet's surface, and as such had become crystalline. The designers took inspiration from crystal glass chandeliers and the sort of luminosity and elements of refraction they create."
A combination of hand puppeteering, animatronics were done in the face, along with a perfected version created for the CGI team to scan the model and bring it to life in any way they want.
Not only are the vulpticies beautifully created, but they're also set to play a significant role in the upcoming film's plot.
"They live within the burrows and tunnels beneath the planet. So there is a time where their ability to shine within the darkness, should provide a guiding light to our heroes."
We'll get to see the debut of these majestic creatures soon! Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases in theaters December 15, 2017.