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The Mystery of Star Wars Legend Willrow Hood Has Finally Been Revealed

That’s no ice cream maker…
Photo: Lucasfilm

He only appeared for one second in The Empire Strikes Back, but Willrow Hood became a Star Wars icon. Not for any reason in particular, however. Just because he looked kind of funny running across Cloud City with what Star Wars fans have long since settled on is an “ice cream maker.”

Well, io9 can exclusively reveal that’s no ice cream maker. In fact, it’s a safe.

A camtono, actually. The word briefly made it out into the world at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year when, in an extended clip from The Mandalorian that never made it online, Werner Herzog’s character shows the titular bounty hunter a piece of beskar—an ancient, valuable, Mandalorian alloy—and tells him he’ll give him a camtono of it when he completes the mission.

We don’t know what the mission is yet and we don’t know the name of Herzog’s character. What we do know, thanks to a source close to the production, is that a camtono is like a safe or a lock box, Herzog’s character has one full of beskar, and it’s the same item Willrow Hood is running around with in The Empire Strikes Back.

You may remember, Mandalorian executive producer Jon Favreau even teased the connection late last year.

A Star Wars safe makes so much more sense than an ice cream maker, doesn’t it? Ice cream is great. But if you’re trying to escape your home from an imminent Imperial take over, what do you grab? The thing that makes ice cream, or the secure container that holds your valuables? [Editor’s Note: io9 writer’s opinions on this vary. -Jill P.]

How, or if, The Mandalorian makes this connection between Hood’s camtono and Herzog’s camtono, we do not know. Are they the same one? Doubtful. But we do know they’re the same general thing, so you can now cross that long-running Star Wars mystery off your list. We’ve reached out to Lucasfilm for comment and will update if we hear back.

The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ November 12.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated the item was a “kamtono.” In fact, “camtono” is the correct spelling. We regret the error.


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Source: Kotaku.com

Lots of Switches Were Flipped in the Millennium Falcon Across the Star Wars Films

Just look at all the wonderful buttons.
Photo: Lucasfilm

Let’s be honest. If any of us got to sit in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, we’d exhibit no chill. We’d press every button and flip every switch imaginable, consequences be damned. And while Disney is letting fans do that in their theme parks soon enough, the notion raises the question, “Just how much does that happen across the Star Wars films?”

Star Wars Kids is here with an answer. The ultra-fun YouTube channel just posted the latest video in its “Star Wars by the Numbers” series, and it counts every single button pressed and switch flipped in the Falcon throughout every Star Wars movie. And seriously, it’s way, way more than you’d imagine. Check it out.

For those of you who just straight skipped over the video, or gave up, the total number is 355, with The Empire Strikes Back accounting for the biggest chunk and The Last Jedi the least. Though, that last one is particularly sweet.

Oh, and again, if you want to have your own hands-on experience, you’ll soon be able to at Disneyland and Disney World, thanks to the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride. Every single button and switch works, and it’s glorious.


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Source: Kotaku.com

Hoth in Video Games: A Thirty-Year Battle

Let’s take a look at video games’ favorite scene from the Star Wars series: the battle of Hoth. Developers have been trying for over 30 years to get it right.

Which is your favorite?

(This post was originally published in May 2010. We’re bumping it today in celebration of Star Wars Day.)

1982: The Atari 2600 presents The Empire Strikes Back with the abstract-painting level of technology gamers were stuck with back then.


1985: Atari’s follow-up to the 1983 Star Wars Arcade Game, The Empire Strikes Back, used vector graphics to recreate the epic battle.


1992: The Empire Strikes Back for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Hoth’s looking good here. Impressive snow-speeder turning radius


1993: What a difference a year makes. Let’s take it to the Super Nintendo for some Super Empire Strikes Back. This is, I believe, the least-authentic Hoth level we’ve seen in a game. Or were there actually floating hearts in the movie and I missed them? (Warning: NSFW language in this clip.)


1993: This year also saw the release of Star Wars: Rebel Assault for the PC, Sega CD, Mac, and 3DO, the first CD-only game published by LucasArts, with one of the best looking on-rails Hoth battles to date.


1996: Here we see Snow Speeders battling AT-ATs in one of the first Nintendo 64 games, Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire. Note the verrry simple radar. But I remember this level blowing my mind. It was like I was playing the movie!


1997: And then there was Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi, a fighting game that featured a Hoth stage.


1998: Sega’s Star Wars Trilogy Arcade marks Hoth’s return to the arcade, keeping the action on rails but filling in the wire frames.


1999: Back to the Nintendo 64, three years later. This is Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. The AT-ATs look better. The radar is way better. And we’ve got some voice acting.


2000: Luxoflux of Vigilante 8 fame developed Star Wars: Demolition, a vehicular combat game that featured the Hoth battle as a backdrop to fights between “vehicles” like Boba Fett and the Rancor.


2001: New console. Nintendo GameCube. But same development studio as the previous one, the now-defunct Factor 5. This is video game Hoth and this is a leap up.


2001: And who can forget the real-time strategy take on Hoth from Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds?


2003: Factor 5 does Hoth again, and does it with Luke on foot and on Tauntaun. Madness.


2004: First Star Wars Battlefront. Hoth on foot. On Xbox, PS2, PC


2006: But what if Hoth was a Lego playland? What if the battle there was just a tad more cheerful? Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy answers those questions.


2006: In the same year, we had Star Wars Battlefront II doing Hoth on foot.


2008: The Battle of Echo Base went massively multiplayer as an instance in Sony Online Entertainment’s Star Wars Galaxies.


2009: The Hoth expansion for Star Wars: Force Unleashed takes the battle to a more personal level.


2015: Disney Infinity’s Battle of Hoth surprisingly features one of the better control methods yet seen for keeping your speeder steady while flying around a walker’s legs.


2015: EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront brings us the most “realistic” version of Hoth yet.

Source: Kotaku.com