If you’ve watched the trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you no doubt have seen the weirdly unbalanced surface-skimming vehicles kicking up red dust on the newly-introduced planet Crait. You’ve also probably noticed that they look pretty useless, but this was no accident. According to Pablo Hidalgo from the Lucasfilm story group, having these vehicles look completely underwhelming was very much a deliberate design choice.
As Hidalgo tells EW, the ski speeders featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi are “basically heaps of crap” and are meant to demonstrate just how heavily outmatched and outgunned the Resistance is in their battle against the First Order.
“They are old and not meant to instill confidence . . . weapons of last resort,” Hidalgo explains. “Use what you have on hand, even old, outdated stuff falling apart for years. If you believe in it, hopefully, it will fly.”
Reliance on outdated technology was a common theme in the original Star Wars trilogy, as the Rebel Alliance frequently had to get by with whatever they had on hand to fight the overwhelming force of the Galactic Empire — using snowspeeder tow cables against AT-AT Walkers in the Battle of Hoth, for example — so it’s good to see that things really haven’t changed for the good guys decades later.