Are These Really the Weirdest Ships in Star Wars?
6. Yorik-Et (Coralskipper)
Let’s kick things off with a Yuuzhan Vong ship! While this entry looked more like a heart than a space craft, it could actually move just as well as most Rebel ships and travel faster than the Millennium Falcon. Like all Vong spacecraft, the Coral Skipper was alive and fed on rocks. To make things weirder, its main weapon wasn’t lasers or bullets but searing magma. Just remember, if your heart starts to shoot searing magma and fly across space, consult a physician.
From one living ship to another; Jabitha was crafted for Anakin and Obi-Wan by the builders of Zonama Sekot and was a melding of mechanical equipment and an organic body. Besides its strange Pokemon-type appearance, there was an added layer of odd when you learn that it had a special bond with whoever it was made for. This ship was created during a ceremony where Anakin and Obi-Wan were buried by semi-sentient creatures called Seed Partners; the creatures all joined together to become the Jabitha.
4. Umbaran Starfighter
While this one isn’t alive, it is not like most spacecraft we know to be common place in Star Wars. The Umbaran Starfighter was controlled by a holographic interface that tracked the pilot’s movements, causing a very irregular flight pattern. These ships also featured a ray-shielded cockpit that had the user’s entire body exposed but was incredibly reinforced, allowing for a better view of the battle. This ship always seemed to remind me more of something you would see in a HALO game, compared to Star Wars, but its use in The Clone Wars TV show more than made up for that.
This entry is on the list for two reasons and both are features that remind me heavily of other things. The first is the ship’s design: the Virago’s look reminds me more of something that you would see John Boyega piloting in the new Pacific Rim film, having a more battle-robot look than we are used to. The second is its name: every time I go to say it, I end of saying the name of a particular medication instead… every time…
The name given to these types of ships alone should give you an idea of why they made this list. “Ugly” is used to describe any ship that is thrown together with pieces and parts of other vessels. These most recently made an appearance in the Poe Dameron comic series where Terex, the leader of a crime syndicate, has his men pursue Poe in these monstrosities. The picture you see above is of a “Y-TIE”… Y indeed… Y indeed.
1. Sh’rip Sh’pa
We started with the Yuuzhan Vong, and we’re also going to end with them. This cluster of crystals is called a “Sh’rip Sh’pa” which translates to “seedship.” This vessel was 810 meters long, could carry 2,044 passengers, and could travel at lightspeed. That’s right, those were some fast stones! Most fans know that the Yuuzhan Vong originated from the mysterious “Unknown Regions” of the galaxy, but if these ships are the kind of things lurking out there, it might be best that they stay unknown.
In this week’s episode of CHATTER SQUADRON, the cast talks over spacecraft from the franchise, and discuss which ships stood out to them the most as being worth more of a spotlight. Check it out in the player above, or any place you find podcasts!
Written by Tyler Bucks