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Malakili (Rancor Keeper)
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Model DZ 9215, Photo by Kimberly Ramsay


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Description: Malakili (Rancor Keeper)
Prefix: DZ
Detachment: Krayt Clan
Context: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

A Human male, Malakili was born on Corellia. He became involved with Gargonn the Hutt's Circus Horrificus, a traveling menagerie that displayed monstrous creatures throughout the galaxy, in which he became a professional beast handler and monster trainer. In 22 BBY, Malakili was sold by the Circus Horrificus to Jabba Desilijic Tiure, a Hutt crime lord and shipping magnate in the Outer Rim Territories. There, Malakili forged a close bond with the rancor, such that the creature would allow him to treat its wounds and eat meals with it.


This Visual Guide has been reviewed by the detachment staff and the LMO team and is certified for use as a minimum approval guideline for GMLs. GMLs are free to approve this costume type.
  • Any uncertainties or questionable aspects of the submitted costume should be brought to the appropriate DL/GML peer review section of the legion forum.
Required Costume Components

The following costume components are present and appear as described below.

Malakili Hood.jpg Hood
For 501st approval:
  • Dark brown leather or leather-like material, weathered to look black in places.
  • Approximately one square yard, cut to a similar shape as references.
  • Split / seam on right side of head, used to shape to head.
  • Two long, loose laces hang down from seam.
  • Hood has the appearance of being "stitched" together by hand with black lacing.
  • Edges have a rough appearance.
  • Patchwork of lighter shade leathers on top of head at brow and down left side of head.
  • 3/4" to 1" wide black "choker" around neck.
    • Choker extends up behind the ears and attaches to inside of hood to keep hood in place.
  • Hood appears dirty, sweat-stained and greasy.


Malakili Arm Bands.jpg Arm Bands
For 501st approval:
  • 2-1/2" wide heavy leather or leather-like material straps.
  • Bands wrap completely around the arm with no gaps.
  • Edge of straps appear to be worn.
    • Either rounded or beveled.
  • There is no visible closure.
    • Any overlap used for closure faces to the back, under the arm.
  • Worn high on the biceps, just below the armpit.
  • Three bronze-looking domes, approximately 2" on diameter at the base.
  • Domes are not perfect cups, but rather appear to be hand-crafted.
  • Each dome has a "weld" detail around its base, approximately 1/8" thick.
  • Domes are equally spaced around the strap, on "points" of four, with the fourth space empty under the arm.
  • Between each dome is a pair of silver studs.
    • Eight total.
  • Center of studs are 1/2" from the edge of the strap.
  • Studs are a half-dome shape and silver, but are dirty and tarnished till almost black.
  • Arm Bands appear sweat- stained.


Malakili Forearms.jpg Vambraces/ Forearms
For 501st approval:
  • Arm guards are made from a heavy leather or leather-like material.
  • Dark brown in color.
  • Center area of forearm has a lighter brown area in the center.
  • Extended down to cover half if the back of the hand.
    • Guard does not reach the knuckles.
  • Extended up to cover approximately 2/3 of the forearm.
    • Guard does not reach the elbow.
  • Edge of guard appears to be worn.
    • Either rounded or beveled.
  • Seven studs circle the forearm.
  • Studs are equally spaced and symmetrical.
  • Center of studs are 1/2" from the edge of the strap.
  • Studs are a half-dome shape and silver, but are dirty and tarnished till almost black.
  • 2" wide leather strap wraps around the wrist, over the top of the guard.
  • Two pairs of studs are on each side of the wrist strap, just off the vambrace.
  • 3/4" wide leather secondary strap is centered around the wrist strap.
  • The narrow strip has three pairs of “teeth” with a stud in between each pair.
  • The back of the hand has a round leather disc detail with a stud in the center.
  • There is no visible closure.
    • Any overlap used for closure faces to the inside under the wrist.
  • Vambraces appear sweat- stained.


Malakili Belly Plate.jpg Stomach & Back Plate
For 501st approval:
  • A dark brown leather or leather-like material covered plate is tucked into the belt.
  • Amount sticking up appears to be less than half a circle.
  • Not an even curve.
  • Plates give the appearance of something round, wrapped in leather, creating radial folds.
  • Plates appear sweat- stained.


Malakili Belt.jpg Belt
For 501st approval:
  • Made from several, different earth-tone fabric strips, braided together.
  • Dirty white fabric strip looped around left side of belt, as in reference.
  • Belt (and pants) is worn at the waist.
    • Across the belly, not under the belly.
  • Belt is weathered to look dirty and sweat-stained.


Malakili Loincloth.jpg Loincloth
For 501st approval:
  • Gathered dark brown fabric, pulled through the legs.
  • Loincloth covers half of the front and back visually.
  • Tucked under the belt and allowed to fall over and forward.
  • Excess hangs over in uneven bunches.
    • 8" to 10" hanging down.
  • Fabric shows signs of dirt and stains.


Malakili Pants.jpg Pants
For 501st approval:
  • Loose fitting, full "gypsy” or “harem” pants.
  • Pants are made from a course weave material.
  • Gathered at the waist and cuffs.
  • Pants (and belt) are worn at the waist.
    • Across the belly, not under the belly.
  • Pant legs pull down over boots.
  • Pants have a brown/greenish/mustard hue, sepia brown.
  • Fabric shows signs of dirt and stains.


Malakili Leg bands.jpg Leg Bands
For 501st approval:
  • 2-1/2" wide heavy leather or leather-like material straps.
  • Bands wrap completely around the upper calf with no gaps.
  • Edge of straps appear to be worn.
    • Either rounded or beveled.
  • There is no visible closure.
    • Any overlap used for closure faces to the back under the calf.
  • Worn high at the top of the calves, just below the knee.
  • Four bronze-looking domes, approximately 2" on diameter at the base.
  • Domes are not be perfect cups, but rather appear to be hand-crafted.
  • Each dome has a "weld" detail around its base, approximately 1/8" thick.
  • Domes are equally spaced around the strap, on "points" of five, with the fifth space empty on the inside of the leg.
  • Between each dome is a pair of silver studs.
    • Eight total.
  • Center of studs are 1/2" from the edge of the strap.
  • Studs are a half-dome shape and silver, but are dirty and tarnished till almost black.
  • Leg Bands appear sweat- stained.


Malakili Leg Ties.jpg Leg Ties
For 501st approval:
  • Dark brown leather or leather-like strips, 1/2" wide that wrap up the calves.
    • Once around the ankle, crossing in the front, once more around the calf and tying in the back.
  • Edge of strips appear worn.
    • Either rounded or beveled.
  • Leg Ties appear dirty and stained.


Malakili Boots.jpg Boots
For 501st approval:
  • Calf-high boots worn underneath the pants.
  • Medium to dark brown, leather or leather-like material.
    • Dull matte finish, suede is recommended.
  • Low to no heel.
  • No visible stitches.
    • Boots are not “moccasin” style.
  • Center, light brown detail trim, running down instep to front of toe.
    • This can be cording applied to the surface.
  • Boots appear dirty and stained.


Optional Accessories

Items below are optional costume accessories. These items are not required for approval, but if present must meet the guidelines below.

Malakili Makeup.jpg Body Make-up
For 501st approval:
  • All exposed skin has a sweaty and dirty appearance to match the character in the movie.


Malakili Gaffi.jpg Gaderffii
For 501st approval:

Malakili has a unique Gaderffii (gaffi stick). At some point in his back story, he protects/rescues a group of Tuskens from a “mutated wamp rat”. In return, they give him a Gaderffii as a gift. The unique design would later be associated as a Gaderffii owned by “The Tusken King”.

  • Has standard Tusken “pineapple” on one end.
    • This is of the completely “round” based variety, and not the more asymmetrical/organic design from the original Fijian war club.
  • Has standard Tusken shaft.
  • Shaft appears hand crafted.
  • Shaft becomes thicker and flares out slightly at the spike end.
  • Spike/blade is unique to this character.
  • Two forward points in the shape of a “W”.
  • Two side points come straight out as the bottom edge.
  • Blade is taller than it is wide.
  • Blade has thickness.
  • Two parallel details on each side edge of the blade.
  • Blade has center raided ridge.
  • Short tang coming out to the shaft.


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