Thanks to a lot of hard research, I have determined what the Gaster blaster weapons are based on. They look like a canid skull, and after a lot of research I found the orbital size, rostrum length, Sagittal crest, fangs, sharp elongated jaw muscle anchors, nasal canal, and teeth, and skull width and length and broad jaw bones, all closely match a large domestic dog, grey wolf, or African hunting Dog, shown in the last two pictures. This disproves that it was based on a fox skull, or a skull of a Pomeranian like Toby’s dog form. The thin parts of the jaw, shortness of snout, blunt rounded jaw muscle anchors, and width to length ratio mean it is likely not a grey wolf, the African hunting dog has a skull that fits the most criteria.
Considering the Gaster Blasters are shown as being longer than Sans body, and with their width, I would say size is not to scale or its a matter of perspective, as even the largest canid known, the long extinct Epicyon haydeni had a skull around 34 cm long and had a skull the size of a male lion, still not big enough if you consider Sans over 5 feet tall.
Also, no canid has a skull that splits in half and jaws that separate in the middle and rotate outwards. That uh… That makes this a bit more pointless.
Still, I wish I knew what reference Toby used for the graphic, most likely it was a dog skull of wolf skull and he just depicted it in a style that happened to look like an actual skull of another species.
Another thing worth pointing out, a lot of people draw the Gaster Blasters like a weapon, or a mask for sans, but it’s important to note the larger Gaster blaster image without eyes or nasal canal is called “spr_g-b_npc.png, an unused filed. For those that don’t know how the game works, lots of characters have black face templates and the graphics of the eyes and other features are added on top separately and animated separately, like Muffet’s eyes. This means at one point, the Gaster blaster was an NPC, a thing with more facial expressions and likely planned dialogue. It’s not a weapon, it’s an actual monster. It might not be a blaster weapon named after Gaster who invented it, it could be some form or piece or entity owned by Gaster that Sans obtained. The Gaster follower with a piece of Gaster claims he isn’t afraid because he has a piece of Gaster with him, as if the pieces of Gaster give powers.
Also worth noting: the left eye is the only one that appears when it is using its power. Just. Like. Sans.
I just wanted to let you know your blog is a big inspiration for me as a biology student! Bug nerds unite! (I'm hoping to focus on beetles myself c: )
Thank you. I never thought i’d be considering going into apiology or any sort of entomology to be honest. I’ve always been interested in canids and my dream has always been to study African Wild Dogs or Wolves (maybe for a PhD) .
I’ve been getting a few messages about the differences between the canines featured on this blog. Though I plan to make detailed pages of each species in the future, here’s a little info on each species.
Side-striped jackals (Canis adustus) are characterized by a white or silver marking running along their sides, as well as a long, white-tipped tail. They’re the larger of the two ‘true jackal’ species, and the most widely distributed of the two. They’re extremely shy creatures and primarily dwells in woodland and scrub areas opposed to their cousins on the open plains. Side-striped jackals eat less meat then their cousins, fruit accounting for nearly 30% of their diet in rural areas.
Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas), also known as silver-backed jackals, are the world’s oldest living canine species, dating back to the Pleistocene. Like side-striped jackals, black-backed jackals are monogamous and tend to live in small family groups. Though commonly depicted as scavengers, black backed jackals have been know to hunt larger prey such as impala and springbok. They also display sexual dimorphism, with male black-backed jackals having darker, more graphic saddles than females.
Though commonly referred to as the Golden jackal, Canis aureus is closer related to wolves. They are able to produce fertile hybrids with dogs, gray wolves, and African golden wolves, while the side-striped and black-backs can only breed with their respective species. This small but adaptable canine is found in Africa, Europe, and Asia with many various subspecies. They are commonly depicted in Indian and English folklore, including a golden jackal named Tabaqui from Rudyard Kipling’s, The Jungle Book.
The African golden wolf (Canis anthus)is the newest canine species to have been discovered. Golden wolves exist in a variety of shapes and sizes depending upon their environment, from the stalky Egyptian wolf subspecies, to the lean Serengeti wolf which greatly resembles coyotes and jackals. They were considered an African variation of the golden jackal until 2015, where a series of analyses on the species' DNA demonstrated that it was in fact distinct from the golden jackal.
A) pack members protecting pups B)
imperial wolf-cavalry mount
Since Lothal has a species named loth-wolf, I tried my hand at some
ideas! Visually based on maned wolves, African wild dogs and hyenas. I also tried to keep the look of loth-cats and of the giant wolves that Dave Filoni sometimes draws with Ahsoka Tano.
I love the idea of them being used as mounts
by both rebel and imperial forces
for scouting inaccessible places across Lothal (not unlike the dewback lizards
on Tatooine). I’m sure imperials could use them in ground assault
formations against insurgents, too, which would probably look like a highly
organised version of warg attacks from Lord of the Rings.
WOLVES ARE ALL EVIL. THAT’S A FUCKING FACT. THEY EAT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING, INCLUDING PEOPLE. THEY DON’T NEED TO, THOUGH, BECAUSE WOLVES ACTUALLY EAT MUD AND AIR. THEY JUST EAT PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY LIKE IT. WOLVES ARE FUCKED UP, MAN.
WOLVES ONLY EVER HAVE BABIES DURING THUNDERSTORMS IN MAY. IT’S A VERY SPECIFIC SET OF CONDITIONS, AND IT’S OBVIOUSLY PROOF THAT WOLVES ARE EVIL. WOLVES HAVE GLOW-IN-THE-DARK EYES, AND THEY STEAL FUCKING VOICES FROM PEOPLE. WHEN A WOLF TRIES TO SNEAK UP ON SOMETHING IT WANTS TO EAT, SOMETIMES IT STEPS ON A TWIG. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, IT PUNISHES THE OFFENDING FOOT BY BITING THAT FUCKER OFF.
AFRICAN WOLVES HAVE RAINBOW-STRIPED MANES AND BOUNCE LIKE CRAZY-ASS MURDER KANGAROOS. WOLVES ARE FUCKED UP. STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM THEM IF YOU VALUE YOUR FUCKING LIFE.
Speaking of Ethiopian wolves - are they any more closely related to wolves than are African Golden Wolves or Coyotes?
I’m sorry, I don’t understand your question. The Ehtiopian wolf isn’t just another canine that’s closely related to wolves (like coyotes), Ethiopian wolves actually áre wolves. They’re one of the few wolf species that are currently still alive.
I do probably rail against the whole ‘Behold, science has shown us that the jackal gods are actually wolf gods!’ thing a little too hard but I just… I feel like such declarations are very close to being a form of pseudo-intellectualism. Sometimes it’s just “Hey, this is kind of interesting,” which is totally fine. But a lot of the time it seems like people get a hold of a shiny new ‘Fact’ and start swinging it around with no awareness of the greater conceptual landscape.
Okay, so science is now telling us that both the Egyptian Jackal and African Golden Jackal are wolves. And? How does this tidbit of information actually affect the way the ancient Egyptians perceived the sAb-animal? Which is what Anubis and Wepwawet are both actually described as being. Words like 'jackal’ and 'wolf’ are our own non-AE ones. The exclusion of the term sAb when discussing these deities means that a crucial filter is removed. That filter includes all sorts of information about behavioural traits, physical characteristics, and cultural perception. No scientifically-defined species matches up perfectly, although some comprise a larger piece of the pie than others. (The largest perhaps being the black-backed jackal, as I’ve mentioned before.) So tell me again how it is at all helpful in gaining a better understanding of these gods by going around saying 'Anubis is actually a wolf!’? It doesn’t change anything about the sAb. It also doesn’t make the Egyptian Jackal/Wolf or the African Golden Jackal/Wolf any less “jackal-like” in generic (if not genetic) terms. And so personally I will continue to use the term jackal. And that’s because it is and will continue to be, the best term for describing the sAb. The mental image attached to 'jackal’ is by far the better fit: It describes a small, slender, fast-moving wild canid that is most active at dusk/dawn and which has long legs, tall ears, a pointed muzzle, and a bushy tail. In other words, it describes much of the same things that 'sAb’ does.