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Chewbacca's only clothing is a large belt that he wears on his shoulder. On this belt, there are some hard shell boxes that alternate small and large.


What is in those boxes? Ammo? Snacks? And why are there 2 sizes of boxes?

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Cheezy Poofs, and scooby snacks... – Chad May 30 '12 at 15:28
My copy of Star Wars: The Magic of Myth says "Chewie carries a pouch slung across one shoulder that is similar to the Dyer pouch developed in 1870, a combination carbine sling and cartridge pouch." That's the out-of-universe explanation. – BennyMcBenBen May 31 '12 at 11:19
It's probably full of combs and hair product. Do you have any idea how much time it takes to keep that quiff looking fresh?!? – Monty129 Jul 22 '14 at 19:39
Also Shark-Repellent Bat Spray. – Paul D. Waite Jul 23 '14 at 8:12
When in "jail" in Cloud City, he reassembles C3-PO using a screwdriver or similar tool. Now where do ya suppose that came from? He either had it in his belt or ... somewhere else. – wberry Dec 28 '14 at 3:59

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The strap is his bandoleer (more commonly spelled "bandolier" and often just called a "utility belt"). I don't recall him ever specifically utilizing the contents in any of the books, but they typically contain items such as ammo, grenades, supplies or small tools.

In Chewbacca's case, it is most likely that his contains ammo and tools.

Unofficially, Peter Mayhew (the man behind the mask) explains on his own website:

A bandolier slung from Chewbacca's left shoulder contains enough extra firepower to take on a squad of stormtroopers.

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I'm fairly sure it was mentioned in the EU that it contains ammo for his bowcaster (though potentially not only ammo). – Kevin May 30 '12 at 14:29
Then, why is he allowed to keep it whenever he is taken prisoner? – DavRob60 May 30 '12 at 16:14
@DavRob60 - Have you ever tried to frisk a Wookie?!? – Nate May 30 '12 at 17:23
I think its more likely to be tools than ammo, seeing as he never caries his bowcaster prominently around in the movies, and he is the chief engineer on the Falcon. – hammythepig May 30 '12 at 17:51
@DavRob60 Surely, you wouldn't deprive an old Wookie of his walking-bandolier? – Zibbobz Jul 22 '14 at 20:21

Well, it couldn't be amno, because they let him carry it even when they're captured by the imperial troopers in Empire Strikes Back.

So I guess it's snacks.

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As Han said: "Great, Chewie! Great! Always thinking with your stomach." – user8719 Nov 23 '13 at 19:37
It could still have been ammo, like someone else pointed out I doubt anyone would be willing to get that far into a wookie's personal space to take it from him. – Monty129 Nov 23 '13 at 21:01
+1 because, lol, they totally let him carry grenades around while captured. – Nathan C. Tresch Dec 17 '14 at 20:57

Chaw, snuff, leaf: Chewbacca carries tobacco (and maybe paper and strikes). I hope this doesn't ruin it for the kids.

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1 in 4 Wookies has some type of cancer. It's a sad state of affairs on Kashyyk. I blame Joe Camel. – Monty129 Dec 18 '14 at 2:44
I hope this idea wakes some deep thinkers to the idea that our beloved Star Wars universe is infested with puns and silly intentional jokes. – chillin Dec 18 '14 at 2:57
Chewakka-wakka! – StuperUser Dec 18 '14 at 9:36

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