JAKKU – Fans of the Star Wars franchise tingled with excitement at the leaking of this image, a Tusken Raider riding Bantha Claus.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens near Christmas 2015, and the revelation was a complete surprise even to expanded universe observers.
“This is definitely not canon, and I can pretty much guarantee they’re not going to try another holiday special,” said longtime Star Wars fan Brad Yavin, referring to the 1978 TV special that many fans refuse to acknowledge.
Fans across the Internet are poring over the image for clues to the first Star Wars movie in a decade, and the first to be helmed by director J.J. Abrams.
“Bantha Claus even has a helper with a hat and everything. Maybe a Tusken Elf?” said Yavin. “And what’s that bag on his back? Toys for Sand People? Does the Force help Bantha Claus tell who’s naught and nice? What kind of milk do you leave for Bantha Claus? You know Bantha milk is blue.”