On December 16, our thirst for a glimpse into the Star Wars universe will be met with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This makes us nostalgic for the first six Star Wars films and all the cool gadgetry that was associated with them. Seriously, who can forget the awesome power of the star destroyers or the iconic roar of X-wing, we sure can’t. So if you’re itching for some Star Wars nostalgia to hold you over until Rogue One comes out this coming December, then be sure to check out these 25 Favorite Star Wars Vehicles That Are Strangely Nostalgic.
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The perfect all-around vehicle, the X-Wing is hands-down one of the most recognizable aspects of the Star Wars franchise. Whether it’s dodging fire from TIE fighters or blowing up the Death Star, Luke’s favourite starfighter is the perfect Jedi vehicle.
The stolen vehicle of choice for Jango Fett and son Boba Fett, Slave 1 sat flat when idling and has armoured plating which slid aside to reveal weapons. Special proton torpedoes with attached homing beacons allowed the ship to know another craft’s location even in hyperspace
Able to hover at up to 32 feet (10 m), the Speeder Bike would be a thrill-junkie’s dream. This Star Wars vehicle was unique for its high degree of manoeuvreability which allowed it to dart between trees on Endor. Some of today’s real-life hoverbikes in production look similar to these vehicles.
Packing a ton (or a couple ton) of firepower, the B-Wing is one of the Alliance’s most weapon-laden ships – not to mention one of the coolest. The B-Wing’s cockpit sits within a gyro-stabilisation system, meaning it and its pilots remain upright as the ship rotates while flying.
Also known as the Sith Infiltrator, the Scimitar was Darth Maul’s own starship. A modified Star Courier, the ship was nearly undetectable to its enemies due to a heavily advanced cloaking device.
Most recognizable by its high-pitched whirr, the TIE Fighter did the Empire’s bidding in all the original trilogy flicks. (The sound was actually made by mixing an elephant’s trumpet and a car driving on wet terrain.) The spider-web cockpit and six-sided wings was a sure sign of impending trouble, just like its predecessor, the…
The fastest of the Empire starfighters, the TIE Interceptor was an updated version of its previous incarnation. Bearing the same spider-web cockpit, its wings were bent in to allow it to zoom around and dodge enemy fire as it did repeatedly to defend the Death Star in the battle over Endor.
Consular Space Cruiser
Decked out in sleek red colours, the Consular Space Cruiser was often used to transport Jedi and diplomats. They’re also the first ship seen in The Phantom Menace, making them chronologically the first ship seen in the Star Wars franchise.
Responsible for bringing down the massive AT-ATs during the Battle of Hoth, the Snowspeeder or T-47 Airspeeder was designed to transport industrial cargo. The pilot faced forward and the cargo manager faced to the rear, a feat which helped them launch the harpoon and tow cables for which it’s famous.
Naboo N-1 Starfighter
With a design that is science fiction at its best, the Naboo N-1 Starfighter was a departure from other Star Wars vehicles due to its rounded design. Its designer, Doug Chiang, made sure the N-1 fit into the Venetian-style present on Naboo.
All Terrain Armored Transport Walker (AT-AT)
Probably the most iconic out of all the walkers, the AT-AT was a 20 meter (65+ feet) high walking fortress capable of carrying around 40 troops with heavy weaponry and speeder bikes. Aside from its heavy firepower, the AT-AT had armor that was nearly indestructible by blaster fire.
Jedi Starfighter - Delta 7
Though similar looking to #11 on our list, the Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter helped Obi-Wan Kenobi dodge Jango Fett in the asteroid field pursuit scene. It’s knocked down a peg, though, due to its need to dock with a hyperdrive ring to activate lightspeed.
Seemingly modeled off a B-52 Bomber (and looking like the new solar-powered plane), the J-Type had a chrome-like exterior and was used to shuttle Naboo royalty around in style and with lightning speed – its S-6 hyperdrive generators made it one of the fastest crafts around.
The predecessor of #13, the J-Type 327 was the Queen Amidala of Naboo’s personal starship. Reinforcing the people of Naboo’s love for anything shiny, this Star Wars ship had no weapons; it was designed for peaceful missions and to be protected by its accompanying starfighters.
Though not the most memorable Star Wars vehicle, the A-Wing might often be underestimated – wrongly. This craft wasn’t outfitted with fancy gizmos or gadgets but its simplicity allowed it to perform amazing feats such as taking out the Empire’s Super Star Destroyer.
A bit of a clunker, the Y-Wing was a workhorse of a vehicle. Whether it was bombing Empire strongholds or firing at enemy ships, the Y-Wing was crucial in taking out the Death Star and turning the tide on battles to help the Alliance win.
A vehicle that seems to be based off a Roman chariot, Anakin’s Podracer was built by the young boy from parts he found lying around. The two massive jet engines were held together by an energy stream and linked back to his control console with thin cables
One of the most common vehicles produced in the galaxy, the Landspeeder could zip across terrain while hovering a few feet off the ground. Though small, this Star Wars vehicle could reach speeds from 60-150 mph (100-250 kph). Luke’s X-34 version was piloted via a steering wheel and foot pedals.
Taking three clone troopers to pilot it, the ARC-170 (standing for Aggressive ReConnaissance) looks similar to the X-Wing and can be seen as an early incarnation if you watch the films in the order the storyline occurs. It is a major protector of Anakin and Obi-Wan during the opening scenes of Revenge of the Sith.
Looking like a giant metallic crab, the Droid Starfighter had many aspects which distinguished it from other Star Wars vehicles. These ships didn’t need a physical pilot as they were controlled by droid brains and they could invert their wings upon landing, allowing them to walk about.
Trade Federation Landing Ship
Sporting a design looking like two skis connected at the middle, the Trade Federation Landing Ship was used to shuttle troops and ground vehicles from ships to planet level. Each was capable of shuttling 114 AATs (Armoured Assault Tanks), 28 PACs (which could carry up to 112 battle droids), and 11 MTTs (which could carry another 112 battle droids), making them essentially massive droid buses.
The Separatist Destroyer or Recusant-Class Light Destroyer played a major role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They even were General Grievous’s centre of command during battle.
A major means of transport for the Sith Empire (and a personal favourite of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine), the Imperial Shuttle featured a front-jutting cockpit and foldable wings for better cargo hold storage.
Bearing a terrifying name, the Imperial Star Destroyer featured a wedge-shaped body with a length up to 2.3 miles (3.8 kms). Its design allowed it to focus firepower forward and take out entire star systems.
The head honcho of Star Wars vehicles has to be the Millennium Falcon. Officially called the YT-1300, Han Solo won this ship from Lando Calrissian. Instrumental in destroying both Death Stars, this famous ship is said, by George Lucas, to have been modelled after a hamburger. Food or friend, it’s rumoured the Millennium Falcon will be back in The Force Awakens.