- "Haor Chall Engineering Sheathipede-class transport shuttle. Design is based on the soldier beetles. Upraised stern, bow ramp, clawfoot landing gear."
- ―A clone commando
The Sheathipede-class transport shuttle, also known as the Neimoidian shuttle, was a craft manufactured by Haor Chall Engineering and used by high-ranking officials of the Trade Federation to visit potential clients and marketplaces.
They were shaped like soldier beetles, and their clawfooted landing legs could only settle down on hard surfaces. This was due to the businessmen's distaste for dealing with poor, underdeveloped worlds.
These shuttles often had their cockpits removed and replaced by automated pilots, so that cabin space could be increased. The Sheathipede-class shuttle was a short-range ship, used only for planetary travel or to ferry passengers to and from an orbital space station or starship.
A distinct variant of the Sheathipede had several laser cannons and a seat for a gunner next to the pilot, thus widening the cockpit. Due to the additional armament on the dorsal fin, the communications antenna was shortened.
Sheathipede-class shuttles were used by Neimoidian officials to land on Naboo after they had invaded the planet. 10 years later, when the Battle of Geonosis appeared to go in favor of the Republic, the Neimoidian representatives took off in one of these craft.
Count Dooku maintained an armed shuttle onboard his personal frigate. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker used it to shoot his solar sailer down over Vanqor, though the Sith Lord escaped. During the Battle of Tirahnn, the Separatist spy Braxus Lyn attempted to transport the Zygerrian Zolghast off Tirahnn in one.
General Grievous used a shuttle to escape Saleucami when his landing craft crash landed on the planet. Another shuttle was used by Anakin Skywalker, his Padawan Ahsoka Tano and clone troops to escape Cad Bane's Munificent-class star frigate just before it exploded. Mother Talzin and her Nightsister tribe also had a shuttle which they used to travel to Dooku's palace on Serenno. How they acquired it is unknown, although it may have been a gift from the Count.
General Grievous also used one of these shuttles to land on the planet Utapau following the Battle of Coruscant. His shuttle had an unaltered cockpit, due to the General's distrust of automated systems.
After the Clone Wars ended, few Neimoidians would venture outside their systems unless on business trips. When doing so, they still used Sheathipede-class shuttles. Bail Organa used an "antique" model of the shuttle on several missions prior to the Corellian Treaty.
About 1 year prior to the Battle of Yavin Galen Marek's clone was chasing Baron Tarko on Cato Neimoidia, at one point he damaged a landing platform and a ship of this class (possibly Tarko's personal transport) slid off the platform and plunged to the planet below. Later on, Marek's clone also saw a hologram of a Sheathipede-class.
Behind the scenes
In the Wii/PSP/Playstation II version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, after Galen Marek rescues Senator Bail Organa from a corrupted Maris Brood on Felucia, the Senator has a Sheathipede-class transport shuttle waiting for him. Organa later uses it to travel to Corellia where he, Senators Garm Bel Iblis and Mon Mothma, Jedi Master Rahm Kota, and Marek create the Alliance to Restore the Republic. In the Xbox/Playstion 3/PC version, he instead uses a Lambda-class T-4a shuttle.
LEGO made a set of a Sheathipede-class transport shuttle called 8036 "Separatist Shuttle" from June 28, 2009. It included Nute Gunray, Onaconda Farr, an OOM pilot battle droid, and 2 B1 battle droids.
In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (video game), the shuttle is armed with missile launchers and a beam cannon.
The shuttle's cockpit resembles that of the AH-56, a real life 1960s canceled attack helicopter. It also is similar to that of the AH-64.
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 game
- Clones are famous all across the galaxy
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 film (Picture only)
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- Galaxy at War
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 33
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Labyrinth of Evil
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- ↑ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Galaxy at War
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy