Whereas humans have been intrigued by crazy creatures for millennia, the phenomenon dubbed The Mos Eisley Invasion can be pinpointed to the late 1970’s. It was then that a band of four aliens hit the streets and forever became the most popular and recognizable creatures in the world of pop culture. Cantinamania was here. Instantly recognizable: Walrusman Lennon, Hammerhead Harrison, Snaggletooth McCartney, and Greedo Starr have come to symbolize our facination with the weird and kooky. Stormtroopers and Droids and Ewoks and Bounty Hunters were all cool in their own right, but the representatives from that Cantina capture a special slice of nostalgia.
I was going through some of the songs produced by the Fab Four and a few stood out: Here Comes the Suns, sung by Hammerhead Harrison, was a tribute to Tatooine’s binary star system. In Hello, Goodbye Snaggletooth references an early misrepresentation of himself (taller with a blue jumpsuit and silver boots) which was quickly corrected. In an ironic twist of fate, We Can Work It Out was being played by the Modal Nodes during a confrontation between Greedo and the smuggler, Han Solo. I Want to Hold Your Hand became more meaningful to Walrusman after an incident at Chalmun’s Cantina involving an old Jedi. He went on to write I Am the Walrusman in 1967 after an encounter with a looking glass.
I know you are groaning at this point so I’ll stop with the goofiness. An recent email exchange with fellow enthusiast, SpyMagician, got me thinking of a way to pay tribute to four of my favorite vintage action figures. In it he said this:
I realized some of my favorite Star Wars items were Hammerhead, Walrusman, Greedo and Snaggletooth. NOT Momaw Nadon, Ponda Baba, Greedo and Takeel/Zutton, but those old off model Kenner figures. I love those things to this day as they are half Star Wars and half crazy 70′s sci fi!
Well put, my friend! These guys really came to define my love of the little plastic people and, beyond that, my attraction to the odd, quirky, and off-beat in all aspects of life!