...with LONG-HANDED VIBRO BLADE.
This is the Star Wars universe! What are people still doing with axes and pikes and...wait a minute. A "vibro blade" you say? That makes it all better! Of course you make sense now. However, if you look at his extended story, he was given a Gaderffii stick by Sandpeople.
With the latest release, the Rancor Keeper gets a name (from Sebastian, and the land of Fantasia is saved!). Malakili comes out just in time to be a companion figure to the actual Rancor release:
But wait a second - wouldn't it have been easier to sell Malakili with the Rancor, instead of yet a another version of Luke? Oh, this Luke has a bone? Why didn't you say so? That is soooo different.
Five reasons you should buy this figure:
1. Who else is going to cry over a dead Rancor?
2. Who else will tame the mighty Rancor (off screen)?
3. Seriously, in the original movies, this is the only person that cries? The entire trilogy?
4. The carny of the SW universe.
5. Mascot to all beer-gut endowed SW fans out there.
Malakili (his real name), a human from Corellia, was sold to Jabba by the show Circus Horrificus. When the rancor came into Jabba’s possession, Malakili trained it and became quite attached. When Jabba planned to pit the rancor against a krayt dragon (a huge Tatooine beast), Malakili began plotting against him. However, Luke killed the rancor, and Malakili left to found the Crystal Moon Restaurant with his friend and fellow detainee Porcellus. Apparently he was given a Gaderffii stick after helping kill a giant womp rat for some Sand People.
Want the full story? His Wookieepedia article