|Luke Skywalker looking at Mos Eisley|
|Location||Outer Rim Territories|
|Appearances||Twilight of the Republic Play Set, Rise Against the Empire Play Set, Toy Box Speedway|
Tatooine is a large planet that is basically one large desert; as such, it extremely hot, arid, and dry. It has two suns and three moons, which contributed to the intense heat. Its inhabitants lived in adobe houses, the interiors of which were often underground, to protect them from the intense heat and frequent sandstorms of the planet. The planet is controlled by the Hutts, a family of gangsters. Some notable locations on the planet include the Mos Eisley Spaceport, Jabba the Hutt's Palace, Boonta Eve (where the podracing stadium is), the Dune Sea (an enormous desert), and the Jutland Wastes (a large rocky region). Some notable creatures native to the planet include Tusken Raiders (violent humanoid creatures, also known as Sand People), Jawas (mysterious humanoid creatures who hide their faces under dark robes and specialize in collecting and selling scrap metal and droids) Banthas (large hairy creature that resemble yaks), Dewbacks (large reptilian creatures resembling oversized lizards) and Womp Rats (large rodent-like creatures resembling large rats).
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
When Queen Amidala's ship's hyperdrive broke, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi took the ship to Tatooine, which was beyond the reach of the Separatists that were hunting the Queen, in order to get it repaired. The Jedi went to a shop owned by a Toydarian named Watto. It was there that they met Watto's slave, Anakin Skywalker, who was very sensitive to the force. Watto had the parts needed to repair the ship, but he would not accept the Jedi's currency. The Jedi now needed another way to acquire the funding. Because of the impending sandstorm, Anakin took the Jedi back to his house. There, they formulated a plan to acquire the needed funds: Anakin would enter the podrace that was about to be held on Boonta Eve, using a podracer that he had secretly created, and would be able to leave the planet with the Jedi and Queen after using his winnings to buy the parts needed to repair the ship. The gamble payed off, and Anakin won the race. After saying goodbye to his mother, Anakin made his way to the ship with the Jedi. On the way, however, the party was attacked by a mysterious Sith lord named Darth Maul. While Qui-Gon dueled with the mysterious character, Obi-Wan maneuvered the Queen's ship so that Qui-Gon could quickly board it and escape, leaving the Sith behind.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
After a series of recurring, progressively worsening nightmares about his mother dying, Anakin Skywalker, along with Padmé, returned to Tatooine, against Obi-Wan Kenobi's explicit order to stay on Naboo, to visit his mother to make sure that she was okay. He returned to his old owner Watto to discover that she had been sold to a man named Lars, who freed her from slavery and married her. Anakin then promptly made his way to Lars' home in the desert. Anakin learned there that his mother had been kidnapped by the violent Sand People. A desperate Anakin raced to the encampment of the Sand People and found his mother in one of their tents, brutally tortured and barely alive. He got to spend her last moments with her as she died in his arms. Furious and filled with hatred toward the creatures, Anakin went on a rampage through the Tuskens' camp, slaughtering every one of them he saw, man, woman, and child. Anakin then returned his mother's body to Lars' house for a funeral.
Later, Anakin received a distress signal from Obi-Wan, who was being attacked by the Separatists on Geonosis. Padmé insisted on traveling to the planet to help him despite Anakin's assertion that they needed to stay on Tatooine in order to stay out of trouble.
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
After Senator Padmé had her twin babies, Luke and Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda decided that the children needed to be kept safe from their father, Anakin Skywalker, who now was known as Darth Vader. Leia was sent to be raised by former Senator Bail Antilles, while Luke was sent back to Tatooine, to be raised by the Lars family, the same family that Anakin's mother had married into.
Episode IV: A New Hope
Having had her ship taken over by Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire, Princess Leia Organa gave her astromech droid R2-D2 a set of stolen secret battle plans for an Imperial battle station, The Death Star, and a mission to find Obi-Wan Kenobi. R2, together with C-3PO, jettisoned an escape pod to Tatooine, where Obi-Wan, under the name Ben Kenobi, had been living in exile. The droids did not make it far before they were captured by Jawas and taken to be sold. A young farm boy, Luke Skywalker, was then sent with his uncle Owen Lars to go buy some droids to help them on their farm. They chose R2 and 3PO. It was not long, however, before R2 escaped to search for Obi-Wan. Luke immediately set out on his Landspeeder to retrieve him. He found R2 in the Jutland Wastes; however, he was attacked by a group of Sand People. Before they could kill him, a strange figure walked up and scared them away. He awakened Luke, who recognized the person as Ben Kenobi. When Luke told Ben about how R2 had been talking about an Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ben revealed that that was his real name. He then took Luke back to his house and gave him a special gift: his father's lightsaber. It is there that R2 played Obi-Wan the message that Leia had left, asking him to come to her home planet of Alderan. Obi-Wan wanted Luke to come with him, but Luke at first refused. However, he later discovered that the Empire had been rampaging through the planet, brutally killing everyone who had come into contact with the droids, first the Jawas, and then Luke's own aunt and uncle. Realizing there was nothing left for him on Tatooine, Luke agreed to go with Obi-Wan.
In need of a pilot to take them to Alderan, Obi-Wan and Luke went to the Mos Eisley Spaceport, a favorite hangout of skilled pilots and shady characters. They traveled to the Mos Eisley Cantina, where they met smuggler Han Solo and his Wookie friend Chewbacca, who agreed to take them to the planet on their ship the Millennium Falcon. After having a run-in with a henchman of Jabba the Hutt, to whom he owed a great deal of money, Han showed the others his ship. However, as they were about to board, they were attacked by a group of Stormtroopers. Quickly, they boarded the ship and flew off for Alderan.
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
When Han Solo was frozen in carbonite, he was taken by Boba Fett back to Tatooine to be dealt with by Jabba the Hutt, to whom Han owed a large sum of money. At the end of the film, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian travel to Tatooine to free Han from Jabba's clutches.
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
At the start of the film, R2-D2 and C-3PO travel to Jabba the Hutt's Palace, bringing Jabba a message. Jabba let them in, and they played him a transmission from Luke Skywalker offering him the two droids in exchange for the release of the captured Han Solo, still frozen in carbonite. Jabba refused to release Solo, but took the droids anyway. Then Princess Leia and Chewbacca entered the palace. Leia pretended to be a bounty hunter offering Chewie to Jabba as a prisoner for a price. Jabba accepted. Leia then sneaked into the room where Han was being kept and freed him, before being caught and captured herself. Han was thrown in jail with Chewie, and Leia was made Jabba's slave. Luke Skywalker then entered the palace and came before Jabba, demanding that he release all the prisoners. Jabba refused, dropping Luke into the den of a Rancor, a large, bipedal, carnivorous monster. To Jabba's surprise, Luke killed the Rancor. Jabba then ordered that Luke and all of his friends be chained up and taken to the Dune Sea, where they would be fed to the Sarlacc, a carnivorous, squid-like monster who lived in a tunnel in the sand. They tried to send each of them over the edge of the plank of the ship and into the Sarlacc's mouth, but when Luke went off the plank, he jumped back onto the ship, turned around, and caught his lightsaber as R2 threw it to him. A battle ensued in which the prisoners overtook their captors, Jabba was killed, and his sail barge exploded. Victorious, the Rebels left the planet and returned to base.
Tatooine will be featured as a setting in the Twilight of the Republic and Rise Against the Empire Play Sets. In the Rise Against the Empire Play Set, the player seems to start out on Tatooine, where they learn the basics of the gameplay features. The player's goal on the planet is to get the Millennium Falcon and escape from Jabba the Hutt, who, according to Studio Gobo studio director Tom Williams, has "got everything on lockdown." The player can expand the town of Mos Eisley by buying new buildings, like the Hangar and the Garage, from K-3PO. Biggs Darklighter will be a mission giver in this Play Set, and introduce the player to different mechanics in the game, like flying. The Play Set will also feature the dessert an Jabba's Palace. The player will also be able to customize the Townspeople and some of the buildings, similar to Play Sets from the first game like The Incredibles Play Set . There will also be a Sandcrawler driving around the town there that the player can take over.
Not much is known about the planet's role in the Twilight of the Republic Play Set.
Tatooine is also one of the locations for Toy Box Speedway, on the track Dunes of Tatooine. On this track, the players will drive through the dessert and the Mos Eisley Spaceport, past the Millennium Falcon.
- For all photos and videos, see Tatooine/Gallery.
- ↑ http://www.shacknews.com/article/89860/studio-gobos-tom-williams-talks-disney-infinity-rise-against-the-empire-play-set
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNYIEAJXKXA