M4P friend Gene Ha will tell you this gift wrap is NOT a space slug, it is a lobster claw…
Of course he has a compelling argument… He bought the Admiral Ackbar bobble-head that was inside for me (yeah!!!), AND he created the wrapping. And as all of Gene’s fans know, Gene has a somewhat warped sense of humor, so a lobster claw wrapping makes perfect sense to him. Calamarian… Red gourmet seafood… Lobster.
Admiral Ackbar is one of my favorite Star Wars characters. (…and I promise, it has absolutely nothing to do with that fact that I do really enjoy a nice plate of deep-fried calamari…). Visually, he is a very well-designed character. The puppeteer Timothy M. Rose, the designers and crew did a fantastic job making him come to life. These days, we have gotten so accustomed to CGI, that seeing puppets (when done well), gives me new-found respect for the art form. I am starting to think that maybe CGI is not necessarily the best way to create visual effect. Maybe it is becoming too much of a go-to, or a crutch? Maybe it has become… a trap!