- "While most LOM units only needed an old-fashioned reboot when they went bad, 4-LOM took advantage of the glitch and overrode his core programming to become the galaxy's second-most-successful droid bounty hunter. This cold and calculating killer was usually found on missions alongside his organic companion, Zuckuss, a member of the insectoid species 4-LOM was built to resemble."
4-LOM was an ambitious LOM-series protocol droid who overrode his programming and became a galactic thief and later a bounty hunter. He often worked together with Gand findsman Zuckuss. Following the Battle of Hoth, both 4-LOM and Zuckuss were hired by the Sith Lord known as Darth Vader to capture Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon and hero of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. However, the bounty on the smuggler's head was instead claimed by the infamous Boba Fett.
Becoming a bounty hunterEdit
- "Solo, wait—you'll never get away with this."
"You sure about that?"
"Affirmative. The probability of you escaping is approximately 11,289-to-one."
- ―Zuckuss, Han Solo, and 4-LOM
A LOM-series protocol droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton, 4-LOM was assigned to a luxury liner, but logic glitches and personality software corruption allowed 4-LOM to override his programming and become a galactic thief and later bounty hunter. The Droid Gotra used 4-LOM's story as proof that a droids original programmed function did not determine its future. Industrial Automaton, though, tried to bury the droids story, fearing that the public might learn their protocol droids could potentially turn into lethal killers. 4-LOM often worked together with the tracker Zuckuss, one of the first traditional Gand findsmen to leave his homeworld, the planet Gand, and claimed several high profile bounties for the Hutt Clan.
Capturing Beris FordEdit
- "Beris Ford—A small-time hoodlum with ideas above his station. Still, the reward for his capture will pay for our tractor beam repairs."
Zuckuss and 4-LOM captured the small-time criminal Beris Ford, keeping him imprisoned aboard their ship and hoping to use the reward for his capture to pay for tractor beam repairs. Weeks later, the hunters took up a bounty placed by Rekias Nodo on Han Solo, and confronted him at Valtos space port. Zuckuss incapacitated the smuggler inside a stun net fired from his snare rifle, and he and 4-LOM loaded Han's cargo into the Mist Hunter, where they imprisoned him along with Ford. Sensing a disturbance in the Force, Zuckuss checked on the stolen cargo only to be attacked by Chewbacca bursting from one of the containers, and was hit with a stun net from his own rifle. Zuckuss was left tied up while the Wookiee rescued Solo and Ford, and the scoundrels fled with their cargo back to the Millennium Falcon. However, the hunters pursued, and after a firefight Zuckuss chased the Falcon into space.
Following Solo and Chewbacca to a jungle planet, Zuckuss again sensed something was wrong, but 4-LOM continued the pursuit through a heavy cloud layer until their ship's systems—and 4-LOM himself—suddenly powered down, forcing them to drop out of the sky and crash-land on a beach. Zuckuss was trapped in the wreckage, and called out to Solo for help in freeing his legs, though slapped stuncuffs on Solo when he was in reach. However, the planet's technology-negating effects caused the cuffs to release Solo, who left Zuckuss in his predicament. After Solo and Chewbacca found an energy projector transmitting an immobilizer beam, Zuckuss attacked them with native spears as they climbed the tall mast. Chewbacca dislodged the projection sphere from the top, causing it to crash on the beach below, which caused mechanical drones to erupt from the sand and attacked all three interlopers.
The hunt for the Millennium FalconEdit
- "There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive."
- ―Darth Vader to 4-LOM and several other bounty hunters
Shortly after the Battle of Hoth, both 4-LOM and Zuckuss assembled, along with fellow bounty hunters Boba Fett, Dengar, Bossk, and IG-88, aboard the Super Star Destroyer Executor, and were hired by Darth Vader to locate the Millennium Falcon. However, the bounty was collected by Fett who tracked down the light freighter to Cloud City on Bespin.
Eventually, Exantor Divo looked into 4-LOM's history. After obtaining Droid Gotra databanks, he discovered that they had targeted a luxury liner, which was never attacked. Divo then discovered that it used LOM-series protocol droids and suspected that the Gotra may have caused 4-LOMs corrupted programming all along to create a symbol for their cause. He recorded this in Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious.
- "He may look like a nightmarish version of C-3PO, but this nasty fella is actually a LOM-series protocol droid. These units had weird bug-like heads designed to look like the insectoid alien species they served. They also had a pretty nasty flaw in their programming that allowed their personality software to become corrupted."
A LOM-series protocol droid, 4-LOM stood 1.67 meters tall and was covered in battered rusted black droid plating. His head was designed to emulate the insectoid species he was designed to serve, with two large green compound photoreceptors.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "The bounty hunter switch is a mistake, albeit an ironic one for anyone who collected action figures once upon a time."
- ―Jason Fry
4-LOM first appeared in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, where he was portrayed by Chris Parsons, who was also a stand-in for Anthony Daniels and played K-3PO and E-3PO in the same movie. His costume was made from a variety of different parts of protocol droid costumes originally designed for C-3PO that the set designers of The Empire Strikes Back cobbled together.
- Star Wars: Force Arena
- "Hunter vs Hunted"—Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day 2018
- "Powered Down, Part I"—Star Wars Adventures 10
- "Powered Down, Part II"—Star Wars Adventures 11
- Star Wars: The Original Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
- Darth Vader 1: Vader
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back junior novelization
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Card Trader
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
- ↑ "Hunter vs Hunted"—Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day 2018
- ↑ "Powered Down, Part I"—Star Wars Adventures 10
- ↑ Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- ↑ Fry, Jason (December 3, 2014). Jason Fry forum post. TheForce.net. Archived from the original on September 26, 2017. Retrieved on January 14, 2015.