"Trade Federation Fastlatch models… illegal in most systems…"
Qui-Gon Jinn to Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

The Fastlatch-class security droid was a commercial-grade defense droid used by the Trade Federation prior to the Invasion of Naboo. These models were commonly referred to as "attack droids".


The Fastlatch model was a squat, self-activating droid consisting of a domed, clamshell body suspended by four pincer-like legs. It had twin photoreceptors bracketing a single, central blaster cannon, and an antenna protruding from the upper dome. These droids were known to become more aggressive towards targets the nearer the enemy got to the source of their programming. Though self-activated, the droids could be programmed to avoid attacking beings who carried repellent signal emitters.


This model appeared similar to the LM-432 crab droid used by the Techno Union during the Clone Wars, though built on a smaller scale. The Fastlatch model was considered illegal in most systems.

A number of Fastlatch droids were placed on the hull of the Aurorient Express in 38 BBY, without the knowledge of the ship's captain. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi destroyed several while attempting to gain entry to the vessel, which was falling through the atmosphere. More Fastlatch droids were brought on board by Waverton, in league with a band of pressure pirates, as part of a scheduled cargo lot.

Clode Rhoden also had a larger version of the security droid specially developed to defend against Jedi Knights. It was fitted with cortosis armor. Qui-Gon managed to reach Rhoden, and forced him to shut the droid down.



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