Djas Puhr, a mysterious looking character with a 50's sci-fi vibe and a glossy sheen

Mosep - a funny looking fellow with whiskers hand-punched one at a time

Muftak, another costume, fabricated from foam.  The fur is a near perfect match for the original film used costume

Kabe, the bat-like alien was made for wear by a little person, no detail was missed, not even the tongue!

Gotal, a sculpted piece crafted to match the rough look of the original.  The hands complete his look

We made quite a few other hands as well!  The Plutonian had four arms so that means four hands for one character!

Volkswagen's Superbowl Star Wars Commercial

Hammerhead, made as a wearable creature costume with oversized arms and hands.  Fabricated from foam

Nabrun Leids, aka "the Plutonian" - A vintage WWII UK gas mask was sourced for this character

Snaggletooth, sculpted to match the look of the character on the iconic action figure card photos.

View the commercial!

As seen in Super Bowl  XLVI

Return to the Star Wars Cantina!


In 2012, Volkswagen followed up their wildly successful "Vader kid" commercial by taking their viewers all the way into the Star Wars universe, revisiting the infamous cantina from Star Wars, Episode IV. 


In order to make that trip, they needed to stop off at Tom Spina Designs to help fill their Star Wars bar with creatures!


Lucasfilm was able to provide the production with some of their prequel aliens, but our studio was called upon to recreate masks, hands and sometimes bodies for the "hero" characters, the recognizable aliens from the 1977 film.


To the right you'll find a link to the commercial and photos of each alien we created.  We finished everything with an eye for the added detail today's HD sets will show, while still being true to the original creatures from 1977.

If you scroll down, you'll also find a behind the scenes gallery of our work on this commercial.


The Cantina Creature Crew at TSD:  


Tom Spina

Mike Thomas

Brian Lewis

Patrick Louie

Robb DeNicola

Richard Riley

Rich Krusell

Mike Morello

Melissa Dooley

Theresa Spina


The build was lightning fast and a true group effort... We hope everyone enjoyed the commercial (and the Superbowl too!)


Tom Spina Designs specializes in the creation of custom sculpture and the restoration and preservation of original movie props and costumes.


Please visit the links in the top menu bar for more projects like this one!

Volswagen Cantina Commercial Superbowl 2012
Kabe Movie prop mask from Star Wars Cantina
Nabrun Leids Mask Prop from Star Wars Cantina
Monster hands props from Star Wars Cantina
Muftak movie prop costume from Star Wars Cantina
Movie prop Djas Puhr mask from Star Wars Cantina
Gotal movie prop Mask from Star Wars Cantina
Mosep movie prop latex mask from Star Wars Cantina
Snaggletooth Holiday special style mask from Star Wars Cantina
Hammerhead custom sculpted costume from Star Wars Cantina Commercial
Hammerhead custom sculpture cantina bar Star Wars
Snaggletooth, zutmore, zutton costume and mask cantina bar
Nabrun Leids aka the Plutonian mask and gas mask
Muftak costume from the Star Wars Superbowl cantina commercial
Kabe mask and costume like Stuart Freeborn's from the Star Wars bar
Djas Puhr early Rick Baker Star Wars cantina mask
Star Wars Bar commercial Jabba aka Mosep
Gotal Feltipern Trevagg from Star Wars Commercial
Dr. Evazan facial appliance fx makeup
Walrusman Ponda Baba prop mask from Star Wars Cantina

Dr. Evazan, the bully of the cantina, facial prosthetic sculpture on the left and finished makeup applied to the actor on the right

Walrusman aka Ponda Baba, one of the "speaking" characters, with translucent tusks and hand-punched hair.

Walrusman behind the scenes Star Wars Bar commercial
Dr. Evezan makeup for movie creature from the star wars bar
Scultpors of alien movie creatures from the star wars bar
Hammerhead costume behind the scenes star wars bar
Star Wars bar aliens costumes and masks behind the scenes
Snaggletooth Star Wars costume alien creature
Kabe Bat alien movie costume from the star wars bar
Nabrun Leids alien movie costume from the star wars bar
Snaggletooth alien movie costume from the star wars bar
Latex Mask Molding alien movie creature from the star wars bar
Latex mask making alien movie creature from the star wars bar
makeup FX alien movie creatures from the star wars bar
Making Hammerhead an alien movie creature from the star wars bar
Making Hammerhead, an alien movie creature from the star wars bar
Walrusman alien movie mask from the star wars bar
Hammerhead hands, an alien movie creature from the star wars bar
Nabrun Leids alien movie mask from the star wars bar
Muftak alien movie creature from the star wars bar
Muftak alien movie creature from the star wars bar
Snaggletooth mask sculptor alien movie creature from the star wars bar
Hammerhead foam sculptor alien movie creature from the star wars bar

BEHIND THE SCENES
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Nabrun Leids alien movie creature from the star wars bar
Behind the scenes alien star wars bar commercial

Our video about making the aliens!

(with a special guest star in the opening footage!)