For those who have never seen any of the original Star Wars films, Jabba the Hutt is basically a large, slug-like alien, or as some like to say, a cross between a toad and the Cheshire Cat, who first appeared in Return of the Jedi (1983), though he is mentioned in A New Hope (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The puppet required three puppeteers to operate, making it one of the largest ever used in a motion picture. Stuart Freeborn designed the puppet, while John Coppinger sculpted its latex, clay, and foam pieces. Puppeteers included David Alan Barclay, Toby Philpott, and Mike Edmonds, who were members of Jim Henson’s Muppet group. Barclay operated the right arm and mouth and read the character’s English dialogue, while Philpott controlled the left arm, head, and tongue. Edmonds, the shortest of the three men (he also played the Ewok Logray in later scenes) was responsible for the movement of Jabba’s tail. Tony Cox, who also played an Ewok, would assist as well. The eyes and facial expressions were operated by radio control. Continue reading for more fascinating photos.