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In The Force Awakens, there is a desert scavenger netting a droid while riding a four-legged mount, which to me at first seemed to be wearing metal (armor?) but then by the way it walked, I assumed was a robot equivalent of a riding animal.

Was that a robot designed like an animal, or an animal that looked like a robot, or something else?

  • Sheesh. Two answers, and neither starts off correctly. If both parts of an "or" question turn out to be correct, the answer is not "both", it's "YES". Harumph. – Martha Dec 27 '15 at 0:38
  • @Martha feel free to add your own answer, or suggest an edit. – phantom42 Dec 27 '15 at 2:32
  • @Martha I would say the correct answer should then be “no”. It would only be “yes” if only one of the options is correct. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 27 '15 at 3:04
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    @phantom42: I'm kidding. Well, kinda. I think you both missed a prime opportunity to use my favorite math-geek "joke", but I'm not actually, like, upset. :) (Mom sends her computer-geek offspring to the store: "Bring me a bottle of milk, and if they have eggs, bring me half a dozen." Offspring comes home with six bottles of milk.) – Martha Dec 27 '15 at 3:26
  • @JanusBahsJacquet: that's exclusive-or, which would be an incorrect interpretation in 99.99% of real life cases. Unless your family goes around saying "xor", which would be kind of cool, but highly unusual. – Martha Dec 27 '15 at 3:33
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A bit of both, actually.

The Luggabeast is a cybernetic mount used on Jakku.

From The Star Wars Databank

Luggabeast

Cybernetic beasts of burden found on frontier worlds, luggabeasts are a fusion of organic being and mechanical creation, with their heads hidden away behind heavy armor plating and optical instruments. Jakku’s Teedos use luggabeasts as pack animals, calibrating the cyborg creatures’ instruments to find droids and other valuable salvage.

The design actually comes more from wanting to use a certain type of puppeteering technology.

From The Art of The Force Awakens:

We were talking to Brian Herring, who is our puppet-performers guy, about the stage play War Horse. "What can we do that uses that technology?" Again, with the beauty of digital technology, we do have the potential for rod removal, leg removal. How far can we push it?"

Teedo on a Luggabeast with Rey and BB-8

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    Ninjaed you :)) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 26 '15 at 21:07
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    That's what I get for taking the extra minute to check the art book. – phantom42 Dec 26 '15 at 21:07
  • OK, you win. Art book beats novelization :) +1 – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 26 '15 at 21:13
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It's called a luggabeast and it is BOTH.

We know what it's called from Foster's novelization:

Reaching the top of a nearby dune, she found herself gazing down at a sight as curious as it was unexpected. Trapped in a net of local organic material, a small spherical droid was attempting to escape its prison, an effort rendered extremely difficult by the fearful mechanical’s total absence of limbs. Mounted atop a squat, four-footed, square-helmeted luggabeast, a native Teedo was struggling to constrain and reel in the legless but overactive and insubordinate droid.

Star Wars Databank says this:

Cybernetic beasts of burden found on frontier worlds, luggabeasts are a fusion of organic being and mechanical creation, with their heads hidden away behind heavy armor plating and optical instruments. Jakku’s Teedos use luggabeasts as pack animals, calibrating the cyborg creatures’ instruments to find droids and other valuable salvage.

Here's the image from Commando game (its use in military may explain the need for armor)

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