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Cobb Sonbepol was a Gotal who in the year 0 BBY was present in Chalmun's Cantina in the Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine. Shortly after the local moisture farmer Luke Skywalker and the hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi entered the bar in search of a pilot, Sonbepol was sat at one of the cantina's tables conversing with fellow patrons Momaw Nadon and Trinto Duaba. After Kenobi and Skywalker came into conflict with the criminals Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba, Sonbepol left the table and crossed the cantina while the bounty hunter Greedo was confronting the smuggler Han Solo.


Cobb Sonbepol with Trinto and Momaw

Cobb Sonbepol sat with Trinto Duaba and Momaw Nadon in the cantina.

In the year 0 BBY,[3] shortly before the Battle of Yavin,[2] the Gotal Cobb Sonbepol[4] was sat in a booth right next to the door in Chalmun's Cantina in Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine, conversing with the Ithorian Momaw Nadon and the Stennes Shifter Trinto Duaba.[5] While they spoke, the local moisture farmer Luke Skywalker and the hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi entered the cantina to look for a pilot with their droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.[2]

After the bartender Wuher[1] turned the droids away, Skywalker and Kenobi approached the bar, where the farmer caught the attentions of the criminals[2] Ponda Baba and Cornelius Evazan.[1] While Nadon discussed putting down roots on Tatooine with Duaba in the booth with Sonbepol,[5] the confrontation quickly escalated and drew the interest from the rest of the cantina, ending when the criminal duo tried to attack Skywalker but were incapacitated by Kenobi with his lightsaber.[2]

After Imperial stormtroopers entered the cantina based on reports of the conflict, Sonbepol got up from the table where Nadon and Duaba sat.[2] The Gotal crossed the cantina,[5] walking past the booth in which the smuggler Han Solo and the bounty hunter Greedo were arguing, and into a booth[2] where the Abyssin Myo and the Talz Muftak were seated.[5]

Personality and traitsEdit

Sonbepol had brown hair and skin, and orange-colored eyes.[2]


While at the cantina, Sonbepol wore a dark brown shirt over light brown robes.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

Cantina masks MOSW

The mask used by both Cobb Sonbepol and Feltipern Trevagg was made by Rick Baker.

Cobb Sonbepol was portrayed by an uncredited actor in the film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,[2] which was released on May 26, 1977.[7] The character's costume in the film was made up of items from the costumes of several other cantina patrons, using Trinto Duaba's robe, M'iiyoom Onith's shirt and fellow Gotal Feltipern Trevagg's mask,[6][5] which had been crafted by costume designer Rick Baker.[8]

Sonbepol also used a pair of claw props modified with fur from the film, It's Alive,[6] which Baker had also previously worked on.[9] Myo also used a separate pair of the same claw props, but without the fur.[10] The character was unnamed for forty years after its first appearance, until 2017 when Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo used elements of the Celebration Orlando attendee Sonja Beyer-Paulsen's name to create Sonbepol's name at the "Behind the Scenes of the Cantina" panel.[4]



Notes and referencesEdit

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