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"There's a scrounger in Niima named Crusher Roodown. For years he was one of the Blobfish's best scavengers, but he got into a dispute with the Blobfish, and Unkar sent his thugs to cut off Crusher's arms."
―Rey describes Roodown in her journal[src]

Roodown, nicknamed "Crusher" Roodown, was an Abednedo scavenger on the planet Jakku that angered his employer, the junk dealer Unkar Plutt, who suspected he was selling salvage to a different buyer. As a consequence, Plutt's thugs cut off his arms, ending his life as a scavenger. However, Roodown was allowed to work as a strong back around Niima Outpost using his replacement load-lifter arms, which greatly increased his strength. In 34 ABY, shortly after the First Order attacked the nearby Tuanul village, he passed by the scavenger Rey in the outpost.

BiographyEdit

Roodown on Jakku

Roodown worked as a strong back in Niima Outpost.

"Crusher does odd jobs around Niima for half rations now, which is how I know the Blobfish regrets what he did—otherwise he would have had Crusher killed."
―Rey theorizes on why Roodown is still alive[src]

"Crusher" Roodown was an Abednedo[1] male who, for years, was one of the best scavengers operating out of Niima Outpost on the planet Jakku, where he would bring his junk to trade with the junk dealer Unkar Plutt, who ran the outpost. After Roodown and Plutt had a dispute, Plutt sent his thugs to cut off the scavenger's arms[2] in the belief that Roodown was selling salvage to another buyer.[3] Roodown had replacement, aftermarket load-lifter arms installed. Unable to salvage again, he was allowed by Plutt to work around Niima, offering his services as a strong back to other scavengers[2] and completing other small jobs for half portions of food[4] including occasional work as an enforcer.[3]

The human scavenger Rey wrote about Roodown in a survival guide she compiled and theorized that he had been allowed to live and work in Niima after losing his arms only because Plutt regretted the incident.[4] In 34 ABY,[5] and shortly after the First Order attacked the nearby Tuanul village,[6] Roodown was dragging a sled full of three non-functional I2-CG droids[2] around Niima when he passed Rey, who had just returned from scavenging in the wreck[6] of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Inflictor.[2] Around a day later, Niima was attacked by the forces of the First Order.[6]

Personality and traitsEdit

Roodown was a large member of the Abednedo species.[1] His load-lifter arms were yellow, while his eyes were black and his skin was a mottled pink and gray.[2] His cybernetic arms granted him greatly enhanced strength.[3]

EquipmentEdit

Roodown used a sled in Niima that was made up of a scrapped water tank shell and salvaged thruster frame spokes.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

"I was pretty pleased by the alien being all over the film! Roodown is vastly bigger than the other aliens of the same species. I just though he'd fallen down on his luck, and now he's got these giant JCB-style arms."
―Jake Lunt Davies[src]
Roodown behind the scenes

The extra playing Roodown being directed around set

Roodown first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens,[6] a film released in North America on December 18, 2015,[7] in which he was portrayed by Ian Whyte.[8] The character was not identified in the film,[6] but was named in Star Wars: Rey's Survival Guide by Jason Fry,[4] Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo,[2] and The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Phil Szostak, reference books released simultaneously in conjunction with the film.[9]

Roodown was created by creature concept designer Jake Lunt Davies,[10] and like all members of the Abednedo species named by Hidalgo in the Visual Dictionary, the character was named in reference to a song by the Beastie Boys, as director of The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams is a big fan of the group.[11] Roodown is likely a reference to the song "Root Down."[12]

Roodown also makes an appearance in the Jakku portion of the non-canon Disneyland theme park attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue,[13] which was announced and added to the ride in 2015.[14] During the segment, Roodown is hauling junk through the wreckage of a Star Destroyer on Jakku when the StarSpeeder 1000 carrying the ride's passengers crashes into the wreckage nearby. Before continuing with his task, Roodown briefly turns his attention to the vehicle, which several of Unkar Plutt's thugs then begin to scavenge from. The Starspeeder then takes off and leaves the wreckage and Jakku.[13]

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