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"Oh, look out Jar Jar. A crab droid is heading right for you."
"Headed for meesa?"
"Yes, yousa!"
―C-3PO and Jar Jar Binks[src]

The LM-432 "muckraker" crab droid, commonly referred to as the crab droid or simply "muckraker," was a six legged droid tank manufactured by the Techno Union.[1] They were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.[4]

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DescriptionEdit

The LM-432 crab droid was a Separatist military unit that exceled at navigating swampy environments. Its six armored limbs provided secure purchase when clambering over uneven terrain, and teeth at the tips of the limbs combined with gripping peongs at the joints allowed the crab droid to scale steep inclines. The LM-432's face was dominated by three glowing red photoreceptors, while communications antennae kept the droid in contact with its Separatist commanders. The crab droid had two belly mounted blaster cannons for long-range threats. Its forelegs were strong enough to punch through vehicle armor.[1] Smaller versions had four legs.[5]

One of the crab droid's weaknesses was its blind spots. An intuitive attacker could slip past its claws and strike at its vulnerable central processor.[1] During the Battle of Utapau, clone troopers jumped on top of several crab droids, where they shot it repeatedly in its "head."[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

The deisgn of the crab droid stems from transformed tank droid concepts created by Ryan Church in the summer of 2002. The finished shape was mostly there in a sketch called "droid soliders".[6]

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