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The Stone Needle, otherwise known as the Eye of the Needle, was a 60 meter tall rock formation in Beggar's Canyon on Tatooine. The formation was a tall stone tower with a "loop" rock on top of it situated in the middle of a ditch. The loop, lined with jagged rock teeth, was just large enough to allow small repulsorcraft to pass through. Early explorers speculated that the rock formation had been carved by extinct, native Tatooine beings, but no evidence to substantiate this theory was ever found.
Luke Skywalker and his friends would often pilot their T-16 skyhoppers through the Stone Needle while growing up on Tatooine. Days before the death of his aunt and uncle, Skywalker challenged his friend Fixer through the bottleneck. With another of his friends, Windy Marstrap, riding along with him, Skywalker beat Fixer through the loop. Frightened by Skywalker's near-suicidal maneuvering, Windy squealed through the whole race. Skywalker later admitted to himself that he brought Windy along to prove to him that he was cut out for more than the simple life of a moisture farmer. Luke's success piloting through the Stone Needle convinced him that he was Imperial Academy material.
Years later in 3 ABY, Skywalker evaded a group of assassins hired by Prince Xizor by leading them on a swoop chase through Beggar's Canyon, and finally through the Eye of the Needle. Skywalker survived the maneuver, as he had many times before, unlike his final pursuer, who crashed into the needle and died in the fiery blaze.
- Star Wars: Episode I Racer
- Luke's Fate
- Empire 8: Darklighter, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars radio drama (First appearance) (First identified as Stone Needle)
- Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice
- Rebel Force: Renegade
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
- Shadows of the Empire novel
- Shadows of the Empire audio book
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire video game
- Shadows of the Empire comic
- Skin Deep: The Fat Dancer's Tale
- A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker
- Star Wars Technical Journal, Volume One
- Star Wars Technical Journal
- "Return to Tatooine"—Star Wars Insider 27
- Star Wars: The Power of the Force (1995)
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- "Communiqués"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 5
- The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire trading cards (Card: Good Ol' Beggar's Canyon)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Limited Collector's Edition
- Star Wars: The Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I
- "Star Wars Q&A"—Star Wars Insider 67
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
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