My favorite thing about this scene is how casual it is. It’s a scene that you would see in any other movie, with some kid just trying to sell his old Camaro that’s a piece of junk to a sleazy used cars salesman. It’s this little detail that I give George so much credit for. Of course Luke had to sell his landspeeder! I mean, for all we know, Obi-Wan could have been sitting on a bunch of money in his little cave, but instead George has them come up with the money for transportation off of Tatooine by themselves.
It’s such a small thing, but so essential in making this scene so real for viewers. It’s one of the reasons Star Wars resonates and connects so strongly with many people – you can see actions and moments that are familiar to what we’ve gone through in our own lives.
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As for the landspeeders, another small detail that George throws in with his master storytelling that gives more credibility to the scene. Luke had an X-34 landspeeder (if anyone cares) and the XP-38 is just so much cooler. Sportire and sleeker than Luke’s old landspeeder, you can see why they no longer were interested in his model. Pictures here:
One of my main questions is…why didn’t Obi-Wan sense the other creature (a Kubaz) following them? That seems so obvious, especially as we see in the prequels that he was very adept at sensing everything around him. Or maybe he did, and that’s why he was hurrying so much? If you remember, Old Ben was constantly hurrying and speedily walking all over Mos Eisley. Perhaps even if he didn’t sense the Kubaz, whose name was Garindan, he sensed the Empire was on their tails (but then again – it doesn’t take a Sherlock to guess that either). I guess he had to weigh his options in whether to deal with the Kubaz spy directly and have a confrontation, which would draw more attention to himself, or if he was hoping to get out on the Falcon ahead of any attack from Stormtroopers. In the end, his plan barely succeeded.
My overall thought on this scene is that it can easily be overlooked as a connecting scene between main events in ANH, but it’s definitely not unimportant. George Lucas does a great job in making this scene relatable and you feel like that could have been you selling your old vehicle, not some farm boy off in space.
EXTERIOR: TATOOINE — MOS EISLEY — ALLEYWAY — USED SPEEDER LOT.
Ben and Luke are standing in a sleazy used speeder lot, talking with a tall, grotesque, insect-like used speeder dealer. Strange exotic bodies and spindly-legged beasts pass by as the insect concludes the sale by giving Luke some coins.
LUKE: He says it’s the best he can do. Since the XP-38 came out, they’re just not in demand.
BEN: It will be enough.
Ben and Luke leave the speeder lot and walk down the dusty alleyway past a small robot herding a bunch of anteater-like creatures. Luke turns and gives one last forlorn look at his faithful speeder as he rounds a corner. A darkly clad creature moves out of the shadows as they pass and watches them as they disappear down another alley.