One of the most fun aspects of Star Wars has always been seeing the crazy creatures that appear in the films. While characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa have inspired legions of fans, a number of alien species have gained followings that are just as rabid. The Last Jedi continues the Star Wars tradition of creating inventive new species, with perhaps the most impressive being the stunningly beautiful crystal foxes. But what are the crystal foxes called in The Last Jedi?
Although many fans have already taken to calling the animals "crystal foxes," they do have an actual name: Vulptex. The vulptices are natives of the planet Crait, and were brought to life using a combination of animatronics, puppetry, and CGI, according to starwars.com. The physical representations of the vulptex is a puppet with animatronics in its face, and its fur is made up of 25,000 crystals. This model was then 3D scanned to create the CGI version, which can do things on screen that the puppet can't — like run in a fluid, natural way. Both versions are seen in the film, which is the film's way of honoring Star Wars' past by using a physical creature, while also making use of today's technology to create something new.
The vulptex is certainly a welcome addition to the Star Wars menagerie, but how do the crystalline creatures compare with the other beings of the galaxy far, far away? Take a look below at the most iconic critters and beasts that currently reside in the Star Wars universe and decide for yourself where the vulptex ranks.