Attraction-specific merchandise is somewhat rare at Walt Disney World in contemporary times — merchandise for attractions that never were are even more scarce. This defines Elee, a baby creature from the galaxy of Star Wars, who is now available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios despite being bereft of her source material.
The Star Wars Friend That Got Away
Elee’s merchandise release was announced at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in May 2022, and can be found at the Creatures Stall in Galaxy’s Edge. She is a Therii, a new species in galactic lore, somewhat resembling a fluffy cross between a pig and a yak — with floppy ears, tusks, and a cinnamon-ginger hue.
According to “The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” Elee was supposed to be the star of a transportation attraction similar to the Main Street Vehicles, taking guests for a ride on her back around Batuu. The creatures are native to Batuu as well as Pacara, incidentally the location new Resistance recruits are trying to reach in the nearby Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride.
Therii are herbivores, typically eating leaves and stems from corn, wheat, oats, and popped grains.
Elee was given to Salju (owner of Black Spire Station) by her father as a child. Bina (from the Creature Stall) helped Salju figure out what to feed Elee and how to brush her tusks. When Elee grew too big to stay at their home in the outpost, Salju took her to live with a herd of Therii in Surabat River Valley near Black Spire Outpost.
From the information included on her tag, Elee’s most distinct trait is the way she flaps her ears when she was happy. Her favorite treats are the “popped grains” from Kat Saka’s Kettle, which incidentally is selling a Surabat Valley mix right now. Much of this is documented in the Target-exclusive picture book “Elee and Me,” which released in 2020.
Will you be adding this creature to your collection? Would you be interested in Elee receiving her fabled attraction sometime in the distant future? Let us know in the comments.
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