Our Favourite Star Wars Vehicles
Happy Star Wars day, oh faithful readers - 'May the fourth' be with you and whatnot. Near enough every website in existence is celebrating in their own distinct way, so we thought we'd throw together our own little article. The chances of anyone reading this are at least 3,720 to 1, but never tell us the odds.
Moving swiftly on from our ill-timed quote (expect plenty of these) we'll explain the premise of the list. Essentially, we'll be taking a trip to a galaxy far, far away, and revisiting some of our favourite vehicles from the Star Wars franchise. You're not going to be finding these vehicles on our site in the PCP deals section, or new cars for sale; but they're still awesome.
You may not consider spectacular sci-fi spacecrafts to be vehicles, but we sure do. So strap on your intergalactic seatbelts, holster your lightsaber, and cuddle your Wookiee (if you have one).
T-65 X-Wing Starfighter
The Rebel Alliance's trusty steed, so to speak, is the dream vehicle of fan boys everywhere. The X-wing is one of the most adored Star Wars vehicles in existence, and has starred in at least one out of every five fan fantasies (so says us).
Growing up, we dreamt of piloting our very own X-wing straight into the heart of the Death Star. If you're not the biggest Star Wars fan, that's the real life equivalent of driving a new Mini into the sun, also; stop reading, Star Wars fans only.
The All-Terrain Armoured Transport Walker (or AT-AT, or Imperial Walker) is one of Star Wars' most famous and well-loved vehicles. Despite looking and walking like a gigantic, monstrous, robotic cow; the AT-AT's have amassed quite a loyal fan base over the 30-odd years since they were introduced.
We'd love to use an AT-AT to get to work each and every morning at Oneswoop.com, although the fact that they can be defeated by a tiny bit of rope is kind of a downer.
Yes, we realise there may be some backlash for featuring a 'prequel' vehicle in our Star Wars list. Whilst many were disappointed with this particular trilogy, it still had some neat ideas. A lot of people found the podracing sequences boring and stale, but the actual concept and aesthetic design of the whole event was brilliant.
One of the main allures of a podracer is the similarity to chariots of old, and our favourite childhood movies. We've tried to re-enact a podrace too many times to recall at the Oneswoop.com offices. Unfortunately, a wheelbarrow is no substitute.
Tsmeu-6 Personal Wheel Bike
Not the catchiest of names, we'll admit - and yes, we've included another vehicle from the prequel trilogy. We're truly sorry. But, if anything, this guy and his bike were the best part of all three movies, so don't shun us!
General Grievous and his strange-looking wheel bike are just two of the redeeming features in the prequels, we'd list some more, but... Erm... You get the point.
The Millennium Falcon
There really was no other way we could have went with this list, you're kidding yourself if you think otherwise. The Millennium Falcon will be an inevitable constant in ALL Star Wars related lists. There is no arguing, there is no chance of a re-count, resistance is futile (oops, wrong franchise).
Han Solo describes it best; "you've never heard of the Millennium Falcon? ... It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs." We were going to argue against that, as a parsec is a measure of distance, not time* - but we know how volatile Han can get (he did shoot first after all).
Well, that's the end of our list; hope you've had fun, and apologies if we missed out your favourite Star Wars vehicle. You can always contact us at our @Oneswoop Twitter account, or 'like' and comment on our Facebook page.
Before you leave for good though, we've got a bonus entry into the list:
The Death Star
As a special treat for you Star Wars fans, we've thrown in the Death Star; 6 for the price of 5, not too shabby, aye? It's not exactly a vehicle per se, and we're not too sure what its maximum speed is (or whether it's even able to move at all); however, it's the Death Star - no way were we not going to include it.
All images are courtesy of Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki.
*Yes, we know - Han Solo (apparently) meant it this way, as in he cut the distance during the journey; but that's entirely retroactive and purely created as a way to wiggle out of a mistake, isn't it Mr Lucas?
Written by Jake Higginson.