One of my favorite original figures from the first Star Wars Kenner action figure collection was “Hammerhead.”
Seen for the first time in Episode IV: A New Hope’s cantina scene, Momaw Nadon sat in the corner saying something profound like, “Dip dip.
Fascinating as he was — for approximately four seconds — there wasn’t much else to know about Hammerhead and his fellow Ithorians until the Expanded Universe and later sections of the new Star Wars canon filled in some the secrets.
Momaw Nadon, also known as “Hammerhead,” was a male Ithorian who was exiled from his homeworld of Ithor as punishment for revealing the agricultural secrets of his species to the Galactic Empire in order to save the planet. He spent his exile on Tatooine and sympathized with the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War.
Earlier today, Jason Ward of MakingStarWars.net dropped some galactic knowledge on Star Wars and Disney fans, all clamoring for news on the new immersive lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
“A Disneyland source of ours had some really interesting information about a giant statue that is going to be placed inside Galaxy’s Edge in Disney Parks. The statue features an ancient Ithorian ‘Hammerhead’ on it,” wrote Ward. “From what we understand, the statue doesn’t feature Dok-Ondar on it as the statue is supposed to be really old and a monument on Batuu where Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge takes place.
But apparently the ten-foot-tall statue will be linked to the character in the lore and we’re assuming the connection will be something more than both of the characters being Ithorians. With Dok-Ondar being a prominent person to Crimson Dawn in Solo: A Star Wars Story, the criminal’s connection to the statue could be nefarious.”Jason Ward
Of Dok-Ondar, Wookieepedia explained:
Dok-Ondar was a collector that operated in Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu on the edge of Wild Space in the Outer Rim. According to a rumor, he was willing to trade any treasure if the price was right. In 10 BBY he was present on First Light, the yacht operated by Crimson Dawn leader Dryden Vos, while Vos met with Tobias Beckett and Han Solo. Qi’ra, Vos’ top lieutenant, wanted to ensure that Dok-Ondar was being well attended to.
Can you hear me nerding-out, “Ummmmmmm actually…”
But I digress.
Jason and, of course, DSNY Newscast, have nerd-knowledge-bombs under control, particularly as it pertains to Galaxy’s Edge.
“I was able to see the real statue briefly and make a sketch of what I saw. I didn’t have a lot of time and I translated the Aurebesh [Star Wars alphabet] as fast as I good from sight,” said Ward. “The Aurebesh writing translated to something like ‘We wither to bloom.’ It reminded me of the poetry on Enfys Nest’s helmet that reads ‘Until we reach the last edge, the last opening, the last star, and can go no higher.’ The mystery is what is the purpose of the poetry? Just the beauty of it and something for visitors to see while they admire the artistry of the park? I theorize there will be some sort of scavenger hunt involved with these lines and maybe the poetry forms a riddle to solve?
“We have heard rumors about how visual games like this will be in the park but we can’t solidly connect any of those rumors to this piece of art specifically at this time,” he said.
However, stay tuned for more, and be sure to head over to MakingStarWars.net for more on Galaxy’s Edge and the upcoming Star Wars live-action TV show, The Mandalorian.
Meanwhile, Jack — who has posted about Dok-Ondar previously — was breaking down more connections in his latest video for the DSNY Newscast YouTube account.
Tonight’s video notes all the recent details we’ve learned about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including photos of the construction of the Millennium Falcon, ride details from MakingStarWars.net, and a discussion of the statues mentioned above and how they might fit into the immersion of Star Wars Land.
Moreover, Jack also spoke about updates from around Walt Disney World, including Holiday overlays at “Toy Story Land,” and the new Coronado Springs Hotel.
So tell me: What do you think of the new details coming out of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Does the development of a folklore intrigue you? Or are you more interested in what’s happening elsewhere in the Disney parks