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Buick is Part of the Star Wars Universe

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A blue Buick Electra convertible
Star Wars!
Photo: Greg Gjerdingen via Flikr

Today, the world woke up to a brand-new Star Wars movie to love, hate, or yell about on the internet. So, in celebration of the release of The Rise of Skywalker, I thought it would be fun to talk about the series’ most bizarre and least known ship: a Buick Electra 225.

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If you’re scratching your head wondering if this is some bizarre “Han shot first” situation where George Lucas cut a scene of Obi-Wan Kenobi tooling around Tatooine in a classic convertible, don’t worry, although that would be amazing. The Buick Electra found its way into a galaxy far, far away in the beloved Rogue Squadron series of video games.

It first appeared as an easter egg in 1998’s Rogue Squadron, where players could input a cheat code and have it replace the V-Wing fighter. It showed up again in both sequels: Roque Squadron II: Rogue Leader, Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike.

In both Rogue Squadron and Rogue Leader, the vehicle controls exactly the same as the V-Wing (flight and all), but the engine hum of the ship’s thrusters was changed to the hum of a Buick. The development team got a bit more creative with Rebel Strike, where you can permanently unlock the Electra in your hangar, and even features a cutscene where, as it leaves the landing bay to begin a mission, it takes a nosedive off the edge before eventually regaining altitude.

So there you have it, Buick exists in the Star Wars universe, if not technically in canon. Eat your heart out, Millennium Falcon.

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