Source: Expanded Universe:
(Art of The Empire Strikes Back)

Year: 1998

Retail: $14.99

Assortment: Vehicles

Assortment Number: 69620/69786

UPC Number: 7628169786

Packaging Variations:

  • None

  • Weapons and Accessories:
  • Exclusive Cloud Car Pilot
  • Firing Proton Torpedo
  • Movable Assault Wings
  • Movable Air Foils
  • Opening Cockpit
  • Model: Bespin Motors Cloud Car
    Type: Atmospheric Patrol Ion Engine/Repulsor Craft
    Affiliation: Cloud City Sky Patrol
    Crew: 1 Pilot
    Weapons: Dual Blaster Cannons, Proton Torpedo

    Comments: Cloud cars are atmospheric vessels that employ both repulsorlifts and ion engines, filling the important gap between airspeeders and starfighters. Functional in many ways, twin-cockpit, patrol cars escorted the Millennium Falcon and her crew onto Cloud City during The Empire Strikes Back. It was here that Darth Vader had Han Solo frozen in carbonite while Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO were held prisoners of the Empire. This single cockpit cloud car was designed and built based on production sketches found in The Art of Star Wars; its brainchild was renown Star Wars artist, Ralph McQuarrie.

    Point of Interest: While the Cloud Car was inspired by the drawing shown on the packaging, another illustration was clearly at least a partial inspiration for it (see photo below.) The Cloud Car Pilot was based on a design (see photo below) for a generic Cloud city citizen, although the race was changed. Both illustrations are by Ralph McQuarrie.

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