089: The Wampa was based on the cryptozoological phenomena of the “Yeti”, or “Abominable Snowman”, which lived in the Himalayas. Notes from early concept meeting suggest that the Wampa, like the yeti may have supernatural powers as well. In early story discussions, the Wampa was described as a fish-like beast capable of swimming through the snow on Hoth, and the creatures were intended to be inside of the base where the rebels were hiding, creating chaos when Darth Vader is approaching to begin his attack on the base.
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