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Favorite Sci-Fi Vehicles: TIE Fighter

Vehicle: Imperial TIE Fighter
Film/s: Star Wars films

Few ships are more recognizable than the uniquely-featured TIE Fighter. Powered by twin ion engines (thus the TIE), this solo-piloted vehicle emits an otherworldly roar that sends chills down the spines of eleven-year-old boys. The twin hexagonal wings must serve another purpose other than looking funky, but I don’t really care. The entire ship is just cool. Vader’s version sports slicker wings, as does the interceptor version, but this is the look science fiction fans will always remember. Screaming through a galaxy far, far away.

Favorite Sci-Fi Vehicles: Imperial Shuttle

Vehicle: Lambda-Class T-4a Shuttle
Film/s: Star Wars films

The Star Wars universe could provide twenty lists of cool vehicles, but one of my all-time favorites is the unassuming T-4a shuttle. It’s sleek, and has a great tri-wing design, the top one resembling a shark’s dorsal fin. As the ship lands, the side wings fold up, and in 1977, little Eric thought it was one of the coolest things ever.

One(2) Cool Robot(s): R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars

R2-D2 and C-3PO
Approximate size(s): Down here, and up… here!
Film(s): Star Wars movies (I’m not typing them all here!)

Duh! They’re only the two most famous robots in film history. I do love them, even if 3PO chatters enough to drive a guy nuts. I like how the prequel films added gizmos and abilities to R2-D2 which somehow the little guy forgot to use in the original trilogy. Personal favorite? Spraying oil. It’s like something out of Speed Racer. You have to love that. These are the droids we’re looking for.

One Great Fight: Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader in Star Wars

Battle: Obi-Wan becomes stronger than Darth can possibly imagine following a lightsaber duel
Film: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

The most famous of all light saber duels, and just the beginning of Obi-Wan’s influence on the outcome of the battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. I was ten when this film was first in theaters, and was shocked when Ben’s cloak hit the floor.