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Anakin Skywalker's Podracer
Production information
Manufacturer

Radon-Ulzer[1]

Product line

Podracer

Class

Repulsorcraft

Modified by

Anakin Skywalker[2]

Technical specifications
Length
  • 3.15 meters (cockpit)[3]
  • 7 meters (engine)[4]
Maximum speed

947 km/h[4]

Maximum altitude

105 meters[1]

Engine unit(s)

Radon-Ulzer 620C racing engines (2)[4]

Complement

Boost meter[5]

Crew

Pilot (1)

Passengers

None

Usage
Role(s)

Racing craft

Year introduced

32 BBY[6]

Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era[2]

Affiliation
"Not yet, but it's certain to be a piece of junk!"
―Sebulba to Ark Roose[src]

Anakin Skywalker's Podracer was a custom-built Podracer built by a nine-year old Anakin Skywalker as a slave on Tatooine, and used to secure his freedom and the replacement hyperdrive components for Queen Amidala's ship during the Boonta Eve Classic.

CharacteristicsEdit

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The podracer repainted and used by Sebulba

Anakin Skywalker's Podracer was constructed from a pair of Radon-Ulzer 620c turbines. One engine was put together from spare parts in Watto's junkyard. These parts included the burned-out turbines from Watto's own podracer, which Skywalker had eventually crashed. The other engine was acquired when Anakin bartered with Jawas. He modified the engines heavily, notably by improving the fuel injection system in order to increase thrust. Skywalker attached triple yellow air scoops to these engines to give the vehicle optimal maneuverability, especially while turning.[1] The cockpit was attached to the massive motors by Steelton control cables. The racer could reach breakneck speeds in the area of 947 kilometers an hour (588 mph), earning its title of the fastest podracer in the galaxy.[4] It could only fit one person; the pilot. Similar to the other podracers, Anakin's podracer possessed energy binders for keeping the podracer together during the race. The energy binders, if crossed by a biological being, also have a side-effect of causing the affected body part to go numb for several hours.[2]

HistoryEdit

Anakin's racing stripes

Podracer symbol

"I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"
―Anakin Skywalker to his new friends[src]

As a nine year-old slave, Anakin Skywalker regularly raced a podracer that belonged to his owner, Watto. In secret, Skywalker was building his own.[2]

In the Boonta Eve Classic race in 32 BBY,[6] Skywalker used his podracer to defeat his archrival, Sebulba the Dug and win his freedom from slavery.[2] The Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn helped repair the podracer by acquiring parts in Mos Espa. Just before the race started, a thief stole the plasma ignition capacitor. Jinn chased the thief and discovered that the part was held by a scavenger. Jinn defeated the alien and returned the part to Skywalker.[7]

After the race, Qui-Gon Jinn sold the pod to Sebulba, who repainted the vehicle orange and used it himself to qualify for the Vinta Harvest Classic, lifting the suspension he received following the Boonta. Eventually the Dug passed it on to his son Hekula. Hekula crashed the racer in a race on the planet Euceron, nearly destroying it. The podracer was duly abandoned. Skywalker later reacquired the vehicle and again pitted it against Sebulba in one last rematch.

During 1 ABY, when the Galactic Civil War was intensifying, a spacer acquired a podracer that looked very similar to Skywalker's. This podracer was believed to be a mere replica, and not the same vehicle piloted by Skywalker.

Behind the scenesEdit

The podracer first appeared in 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and its tie-ins. The podracer was reimagined in LEGO form as a drivable vehicle in the 2005 video game LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game and its 2007 compilation re-release.

AppearancesEdit

Anakin podracer logo

Podracer logo

Non-canon appearancesEdit

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