SoroSuub X-34 Landspeeder

First Floor - Artistry

Driven in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

Designer: Tom Karen, Ogle Design
Builder: Ogle Design
Based on: c.1970 Bond Bug 700 ES

The X-34 Landspeeder was built by the SoroSuub Corporation and uses a powerful repulsorlift engine to hover over rough terrain. In the opening scenes of A New Hope, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) uses the X-34 to traverse the arid planet of Tatooine. However, after the death of his aunt and uncle, Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) travel to Mos Eisley spaceport, where they plan to sell the X-34 in order to pay for transport to Alderaan aboard the Millennium Falcon, which is captained by Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

Despite its brief appearance in the first Star Wars film, the X-34 is a vital plot device. In addition to its supporting the narrative introduction of the film’s main characters, it is used to create a compelling depiction of traveling through the desert. Originally developed from a Bond Bug, a British three-wheel car from the 1970s, a number of “tricks” were employed to achieve a hovering illusion, including a large side-mounted jib and angled mirrors affixed to the undercarriage to hide the wheels.

On loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art