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This object can be seen in Mos Eisley spaceport in Star Wars: Episode IV.

I’ve always wondered what its purpose is. Do we know?

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    a giant BB-8 head? ;)
    – RedCaio
    Sep 10 '16 at 22:06
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    @RedCaio - Jar Jar's tomb.
    – Valorum
    Sep 11 '16 at 0:29
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    A futuristic outdoor icebox? I mean, someone on Tattooine must need a sack of ice every now and then, right? Sep 11 '16 at 6:24
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    It's an incubator for scum and villainy. That's how Mos Eisley got to be so wretched.
    – EvilSnack
    Sep 11 '16 at 17:07
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    I remember those; that's where you stick your kid so you can go get drunk.
    – Mazura
    Aug 24 '18 at 22:40
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This is a 9000 Z001 landspeeder

Per wookieepedia

The 9000 Z001 landspeeder was a Ubrikkian model commonly used around the time of the Battle of Yavin. It was modified from the 9000 landspeeder, which had been aimed at Ugor customers but had flopped.


At the time of filming, the ship was simply labelled (in the construction blueprints) as "Fourth Speeder". The tag "9000 Z001" seems to have been added later as a retcon.

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The Star Wars Galaxy Guide #7 (Mos Eisley) RPG sourcebook also offers the following non-canon info;

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    Pretty sure "9000" and "Z001" are not-so-subtle nods to the fact that this thing looks a lot like the EVA pods from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Z001 part is basically "2001", the 9000 is a tip of the hat to HAL 9000.
    – Wad Cheber
    Sep 10 '16 at 22:53
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    @WadCheber - Yup. And Ubrickkian = Kubrickian.
    – Valorum
    Sep 10 '16 at 22:56
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    Crap. Can't believe I missed that.
    – Wad Cheber
    Sep 10 '16 at 23:04
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    @Hack-R - Well, ain't he a pretty fella?
    – Valorum
    Sep 10 '16 at 23:23
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    I used to own quite a few of that SWCCG card. +1 for citing that picture, though I don't think it's technically canon.
    – enderland
    Sep 11 '16 at 15:14
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From the old newspaper comic strips, it appears to be a "low life droid."

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    Although this is interesting, it doesn't really explain much about this object. Even from the earliest design stages it was designated as a speeder, rather than a droid.
    – Valorum
    Aug 23 '18 at 23:15

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