What can one say about Lak Sivrak. He’s a werewolf from outer-space. That’s about it. Lak growls at the camera for a split second in the original Star Wars movie when Luke and Obi-wan enter the Mos Eisley cantina looking for a pilot. That’s it. Such is the case with many Star Wars characters. They’re on screen for all of a second and then future generations of nerds craft entire histories for them in novels and comics. Many of them, Lak included, didn’t even have names when they were originally put to film. This is why the toys released in the 80s had names like Walrus Man, and Hammerhead before receiving fancy new names in the 90s like Ponda Baba and Mowma Nadon. Lucas filled his scenes with all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures to establish this galaxy far far away as a very diverse one. Apparently when he first envisioned the scene when Luke enters the cantina it was to be filled with a wide array of spectacular aliens. Due to time and financial constraints what happened was his crew just grabbed whatever might pass for an alien from the studio’s supply closet and stuck them in the scene. Lucas was less than thrilled to have a werewolf and a giant praying mantis lounging about. So much so that Lak was actually removed from the special edition version of the film released in 1997. In his place is a doofy looking digital elephant guy. Though Lak may have looked out of place and not of the best quality I always thought he was one of the coolest cantina aliens as a kid. Wolfman is awesome so who wouldn’t love Wolfman with a laser gun? Unfortunately no action figure of Lak was released when I was a kid even though creatures that had equally minimal amounts of screen time did receive the action figure treatment. Oddly enough it wasn’t until the 1997 revival of Star Wars with the release of the special editions that Lak finally got an action figure, just as Lucas had him erased from the universe all together. Yet Lak lived on in the various “expanded universe” comic books and novels. Apparently he joined up with the rebel alliance soon after that afternoon in the cantina and eventually died while fighting the empire in the battle for Endor. Who knew?
The Lak Sivrak figure is pretty cool though it is rather plain. The 90s era Star wars figures weren’t great in general. They were a vast improvement over the 80s versions but the human likenesses were still off and the articulation was still very limited. As you can see on Lak here he only has joints at his shoulders, legs, waist and neck. No knee or elbow joints which while standard for the Star Wars line is still pretty weak. The face is a good representation of what we see in the film though he does come across pretty tame. He looks like the kind of werewolf that Scooby Doo could take out if he had enough snacks in him. As with alot of these characters the full body was never shown on screen so the toy designers were sometimes left to fill in the blanks. I like the animalistic feet they gave Lak which makes him stand out a little more. The outfit is quite bland but it looks like the typical garb being sported on Tatooine by everyone else so it works. Not bad, but not great. 6 out of 10.