List of Star Wars spacecraft

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The following is a list of fictional starships, cruisers, battleships, and other spacecraft in the Star Wars video games and movies.

Corellian corvette[edit]

Main article: § Tantive IV

Death Star[edit]

Main article: Death Star

The Death Star is a planet-destroying mobile space station that appears throughout the Star Wars franchise.

Ebon Hawk[edit]

The Ebon Hawk is the players character's ship in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. It is designed to be reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon.[1]

Geonosian solar sailer[edit]

Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) reaches Coruscant aboard a Geonosian solar sailer in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The ship's solar sail was originally part of the concept for the Naboo royal starship in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.[2] The insectoid ship resembles both a beetle and a butterfly.[2] Its forward cockpit bubble was added when it was determined there was a need for a shot of Dooku sitting next to his pilot. It is somehow similar to the private Antonov An-2 plane in real life.[2]

Imperial landing craft[edit]

Imperial landing craft were inserted into the Special Edition release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The all-CGI ships were initially designed as part of the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia campaign.[3]

Lambda-class shuttle[edit]

Lambda-class shuttles first appear in Return of the Jedi and were later added to the Special Edition release of The Empire Strikes Back. Joe Johnston, Ralph McQuarrie, and Nilo Rodis-Jamero borrowed elements from the skyhopper designed for A New Hope when refining the shuttle's appearance.[4] Earlier versions were boxy, boat-like, or had TIE fighter-like components.[4] Industrial Light and Magic's modelmakers made two shooting models, although CGI versions were used for the craft's Special Edition appearance in The Empire Strikes Back.[4] The Theta-class shuttle in Revenge of the Sith was designed to appear like a predecessor to the Lambda class.[5] A Lambda-class shuttle makes a cameo appearance during the docking sequence of Inara Serra's shuttle in "Serenity", the pilot episode of Joss Whedon's Firefly.[6]

Moldy Crow[edit]

A modified Corellian HWK-290 used by Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors in the Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight video games.[7]

Mon Calamari cruiser[edit]

Main article: Mon Calamari cruiser

Mon Calamari cruisers make up part of the Rebel fleet that attacks the Death Star in Return of the Jedi.

Naboo royal cruiser[edit]

A Naboo royal cruiser is destroyed in a failed attempt to assassinate Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) at the beginning of Attack of the Clones. The ship's design was inspired by the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.[8]

Naboo royal starship[edit]

Padmé Amidala escapes from and returns to Naboo aboard a Naboo royal starship in The Phantom Menace. An early design depicted the ship powered by a solar sail; when Lucas called for a sleeker look, designer Doug Chiang drew inspiration from 1950s hood ornaments.[9]

Naboo star skiff[edit]

Padmé Amidala travels to Mustafar aboard a Naboo star skiff in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Design Ryan Church sketched the ship to appear "supercharged".[10] Only the ship's boarding ramp was built full scale; some footage was altered from material used in Attack of the Clones.[10] The ship is designed to be reminiscent of the "rocket ships" seen in pulp science-fiction.[11]

Nebulon-B frigate[edit]

Main article: Nebulon-B frigate

A Nebulon-B frigate first appears in The Empire Strikes Back.

Neimoidian shuttle[edit]

Neimoidian shuttles appear throughout the prequel trilogy and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Its design is based on a Trade Federation landing ship turned vertically and altered to be more insectoid and less symmaetrical. They are also used by the other CIS leaders such as Nuvo Vindi and Wat Tambor.[12]

Outrider[edit]

The Outrider is Dash Rendar's YT-2400 class freighter in the Shadows of the Empire multimedia campaign. It is a playable ship in the Shadows of the Empire video game and Kenner released an Outrider toy.[13] While Steve Perry outlined the ship's story and role, Doug Chiang designed the ship itself.[13] The Outrider was digitally inserted into the Special Edition of A New Hope.[13]

Radiant VII[edit]

The Radiant VII is the first vessel shown in The Phantom Menace. Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) travel aboard the Radiant VII on their mission to end the Trade Federation's blockade of the planet Naboo. After docking with the Federation's Droid Control Ship, the Radiant VII is destroyed to prevent the Jedi from escaping.[14] Originally, the Radiant VII was to be sleek like most Old Republic ships depicted in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. However, Lucas suggested a design similar to the ships in the original trilogy; Doug Chiang and the Lucasfilm art department responded with a design similar to the Tantive IV model created for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Several antennae were added to focus attention to the cockpit during the opening sequence of The Phantom Menace.[15]

Raven's Claw[edit]

A ship used by Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors in Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.

Rebel blockade runner[edit]

Main article: § Tantive IV

The Corellian corvette Tantive IV, sometimes identified as a blockade runner, is the first ship to appear in Star Wars. Darth Vader (David Prowse) and his stormtroopers capture the ship and its crew.

Republic assault ship[edit]

Republic assault ships of the Acclamator-class appear in Attack of the Clones. These ships, originally called "Jedi troop transports", demonstrate a connection to the original trilogy's star destroyers through their triangular hulls.[16]

Republic attack cruiser[edit]

Republic attack cruisers, also known as Venator-class star destroyers, appear throughout Revenge of the Sith.

Republic cruiser[edit]

Consular-class Republic cruisers like the Radiant VII are "instantly recognizable throughout the galaxy".[14] Republic cruisers are generally unarmed and feature a red color scheme as a symbol of neutrality and "diplomatic immunity".[17]

Rogue Shadow[edit]

The ship used by Starkiller and Juno Eclipse in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Sith Infiltrator[edit]

Darth Maul (Ray Park) pilots a Sith infiltrator, named Scimitar, in The Phantom Menace. Its design includes elements of the TIE interceptor and Lambda-class shuttle.[18] The vehicle has been made into toys by Hasbro and Galoob and models kits by Lego[19] and Ertl.

Slave I[edit]

Main article: Slave I

Slave I is the starship used by bounty hunter Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison) in Attack of the Clones and by his clone, Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch), in The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Destroyer[edit]

Main article: Star Destroyer

The Star Destroyers are the Galactic Empire's assault ships. Much like the Republic assault ships, they both have similar hulls, bridges, engines and many other parts. They appear in a variety of forms throughout the Star Wars franchise.

Starfreighter[edit]

Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker travel to Naboo aboard a starfreighter in Attack of the Clones. The transport's design is partly based on an ocean liner.[20]

Tantive IV[edit]

Main article: Tantive IV

The Corellian corvette Tantive IV is the first ship to appear in Star Wars. It is used by Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in A New Hope and by her adoptive father, Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits), in Revenge of the Sith.

Theta-class shuttle[edit]

Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) travels aboard a Theta-class shuttle in Revenge of the Sith. The ship was designed to appear like a predecessor to the Lambda-class shuttle.[5] Only the shuttle's boarding ramp was built for filming.[5]

Lucrehulk-class battleship[edit]

Trade Federation Lucrehulk-class battleships appear in all three of the prequel films. Lucas called for these ships to have a "saucer" look with a distinct front and rear, achieved by placing the engines on one side of the ship and the antennae and docking bays on the other.[21]

Trade Federation cruiser[edit]

General Grievous's flagship in Revenge of the Sith is the Trade Federation cruiser Invisible Hand.[22] The raised spire helped differentiate the command ship from the other capital ships over Coruscant and to help map out the ship's various locations.[23] More sets aboard the ship were built than seen in the film; several "serial-type escapades" were cut from the final release.[23] Other sets, built inside a mount that could rotate them, were used to depict the vessel's collapse.[23]

Trade Federation landing ship[edit]

Trade Federation landing ships transport the Trade Federation's invasion forces to Naboo's surface in The Phantom Menace. Although initial designs were reminiscent of dirigibles, the final design is based on a dragonfly.[24] Lucas liked the ship's similarity to a biplane.[24]

Virago[edit]

The Virago is Xizor's ship in Shadows of the Empire. Its clamshell design, styled after a stealth fighter, is inspired by pulley castings.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ebon Hawk (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Database. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Geonosian solar sailer (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Database. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Imperial landing craft (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Database. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  4. ^ a b c "Imperial Lambda-class shuttle (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  5. ^ a b c "Imperial Theta-class shuttle (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  6. ^ Firefly: The Official Companion 1 (First ed. ed.). London: Titan Books. July 2006. p. 29. ISBN 978-1-84576-314-5. 
  7. ^ "Katarn, Kyle (Expanded Universe)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  8. ^ "Naboo Royal Cruiser (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  9. ^ "Naboo Royal Starship (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  10. ^ a b "Naboo star skiff (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  11. ^ "Naboo yacht (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  12. ^ "Neimoidian shuttle (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  13. ^ a b c "Outrider (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  14. ^ a b "Republic Cruiser (The Movies)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  15. ^ "Republic Cruiser (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  16. ^ "Republic assault ship (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  17. ^ "Republic Cruiser (Expanded Universe)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  18. ^ "Sith Infiltrator (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  19. ^ "Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator". Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  20. ^ "starfreighter (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  21. ^ "Trade Federation Battleship (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  22. ^ "Trade Federation cruiser (Expanded Universe)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  23. ^ a b c "Trade Federation cruiser (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  24. ^ a b "Trade Federation landing ship (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  25. ^ "Virago (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 

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