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"Well, it looks like Quadinaros is having engine trouble also."
―Fodesinbeed Annodue — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Ben Quadinaros was an inexperienced Toong podracer pilot who raced on the amateur circuits before entering the Boonta Eve Classic podrace on the planet Tatooine in 32 BBY. He rented a BT310 quadra-Podracer for the competition, and prior to the race he conversed with fellow racer Teemto Pagalies in the hangar of the Mos Espa Grand Arena. On the day of the race, Quadinaros waved to the cheering crowd as his name was announced by the racer's commentator, Fodesinbeed Annodue; however, when the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure signaled for the competition to begin, Quadinaros's vehicle stalled on the starting grid.

The racer hammered his fists against his vehicle as a group of DUM-series pit droids attended to it, but to no avail. As the rest of the racers neared the end of their first lap, Quadinaros's engines finally ignited just as the vehicle's energy binders deactivated. The four engines flew free of the vehicle and exploded, leaving Quadinaros sat on the floor of the arena as the other pilots raced past. Despite his embarrassing loss, Quadinaros persisted in podracing and was billed as the racer Sebulba's arch-nemesis on the poster "The Sport's Greatest Rivalry" during the Clone Wars.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Inexperienced entrant[edit | edit source]

"I see Ben Quadinaros from the Tund system."
―Fodesinbeed Annodue — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Ben Quadinaros spoke with Teemto Pagalies before the Boonta Eve Classic.

Ben Quadinaros was a Toong male from the planet Tund[1] in the Tund system who became a podracer.[3] After racing on amateur circuits,[4] he signed up to participate in the Boonta Eve Classic on the planet Tatooine.[3] Despite being the least experienced racer taking part in the event,[5] Quadinaros was rumored to be the one to watch.[6] The race was being held in the Grand Arena of the city of Mos Espa.[7] Prior to the race, Quadinaros spent time in the venue's hangar,[3] where the BT310 quadra-Podracer[8] that he had rented specially for the race[4] was stored.[3]

While in the hangar he walked past the Dug racer Sebulba as his competitor was getting a massage from the Twi'lek[3] slaves Ann Gella and Tann Gella.[9] After the pod of the human racer, Anakin Skywalker, was brought into the hangar, the Tung was conversing with the Veknoid podracer Teemto Pagalies near the entrance to the building.[3]

Ben Quadinaros rented a BT310 quadra-Podracer for the Boonta Eve Classic.

As the setup for the race began, Quadinaros' podracer was pulled from the hangar to the starting line by a dewback. The racer stood amongst his competitors' vehicles and smiled and waved to the crowd as the race's Troig commentator, Fodesinbeed Annodue listed him first while announcing the participants. Once the participants had been introduced, each of their flags was carried in procession across the starting grid, including Quadinaros' flag,[3] which consisted of five separate thin triangular flags, the top two red, the bottom two orange, and the central flag yellow.[1]

Engine trouble[edit | edit source]

"Doowat macroon!"
"Ooh, there goes Quadinaros' power coupling."
―Ben Quadinaros curses before his engines explode, which Fodesinbeed Annodue comments on — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]
Ben Quadinaros stalled on the Grand Arena's starting grid.

On Annodue's command, Quadinaros and other the racers started their engines as the race track was cleared of all non-participants. When the event's host, Jabba Desilijic Tiure, officially sounded the start of the race,[3] Quadinaros' power couplings failed,[1] resulting in his engine malfunctioning[10] and not igniting,[2] causing his vehicle to stall.[7] Skywalker also had engine troubles and as Annodue commented on the two racers stuck on the starting grid,[3] four of the Toong's DUM-series pit droid[9] raced out to aid him, as he angrily hammered his fists into the display screen in his cockpit.[3]

As the rest of the racers passed through the Canyon Dune Turn, Quadinaros' pit droids left his pod and returned to the side of the race track.[3] Despite their intervention, the BT310 suffered total breakdown and the power couplings deactivated[9] before more pit droids could arrive to move the vehicle out of the way in order to avoid collisions.[7]

Ben Quadinaros was forced to watch the other podracers fly by after his vehicle exploded on the starting grid.

The Toong continued to hammer on the podracer's display screen as the vehicle's energy binders switched off,[3] meaning that when the engine did suddenly ignite,[2] all four of his engines detached from the vehicle's cockpit and individually flew off to crash into the arena walls or floor and exploded. Even as his pod slowly lowered to the floor, Quadinaros continued to pound his fists into it, until the other racers reached the end of their first lap and rushed passed him, causing the Toong to duck and cover his head. Ultimately, Skywalker won the race and then left Tatooine and podracing to join the Jedi Order.[3]

Later career[edit | edit source]

"The sport's greatest rivalry! Quadinaros vs Sebulba. We'll sell you the whole seat but you'll only need the edge!!!"
―The text of "The Sport's Greatest Rivalry"[src]

Ben Quadinaros was set to race against Sebulba during the Clone Wars.

Despite his embarrassing[10] loss at the Boonta Eve Classic, Quadinaros persevered with the sport and would eventually be billed as Sebulba's greatest rival.[5] At some point during the Republic Era, a sporting poster titled "The Sport's Greatest Rivalry" was produced under the name Codenka Mafurias, which was assumed to be the alias of an art workshop bankrolled by Marlo the Hutt. The poster depicted Quadinaros as an underdog with Sebulba as his arch-rival, showing the Toong still racing in a BT310 quadra-Podracer.[11]

In 19 BBY,[12] Skywalker, by then a Jedi Knight, had a copy of "The Sport's Greatest Rivalry" hung on the wall of his personal quarters in the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant.[13] Later in the war, an altered version of the poster that only showed Quadinaros and his vehicle hung in a clone trooper barrack in Fort Anaxes on the world Anaxes.[14] In 2 BBY,[15] Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger had the altered version of the poster on the wall of his cabin on the VCX-100 light freighter known as the Ghost.[16] At some point an artist wrote an entry about Quadinaros participating in the Boonta Eve Classic in his journal, which was later published after being stored in the Graf Archive.[6]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Ben Quadinaros angrily hammered the control board of his podracer when it stalled.

"Cheespa wata."
―Ben Quadinaros curses after his podracer engines explode — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Ben Quadinaros was more comfortable on the amateur podracing circuits[4] and was quite terrified of the Boonta Eve Classic,[2] which he hoped would end a streak of bad luck.[1] Despite Toongs being extremely timid by nature, he overcame his shyness to become a podracer and participate in the sport.[6] The racer was short by Toong standards[5] at 1.63 meters in height,[2] but was the tallest entrant in the Boonta Eve Classic.[5] He was innovative,[9] pudgy, and comic-faced,[2] with yellow skin and orange eyes.[3]

Skills and abilities[edit | edit source]

At the time of the Boonta Eve Classic, Quadinaros was a largely inexperienced rookie podracer.[2]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Ben Quadinaros wore a gray bodysuit while participating in the Boonta Eve Classic[3] and used a hastily put together[5] BT310 quadra-Podracer[8] that he had rented specially for the race.[4]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Phantom Menace[edit | edit source]

Terryl Whitlatch drew concept art of Ben Quadinaros for The Phantom Menace.

Ben Quadinaros was created for the 1999 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[3] Conceptual art for the character was created by designers Terryl Whitlatch and Iain McCaig, with Whitlatch producing three pieces in 1996 showing the anatomy and range of movement for the character and McCaig producing two different costume concepts on May 21, 1997. In Whitlatch's pieces the character was labeled as "Ben Cuvidoros" and in McCaig's the labels named him "Ben Quadidaros".[17] Quadinaros' final name was likely derived from the "quadra-Pod" racing engines of his vehicle.[18] Quadinaros later appeared on a poster in the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in the episode "Friends and Enemies."[13] The poster was designed by Kilian Plunkett.[19]

LEGO appearances[edit | edit source]

"Run along, Benny. You're done."
"Sleemo."
"I heard that!"
―Graballa sends Ben Quadinaros away — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Graballa forced Ben Quadinaros to lure the Freemakers into a trap.

Quadinaros has appeared in various non-canon LEGO media, most prominently featuring in the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures episode Race on Tatooine, in which he was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. In the episode, Quadinaros helps the Hutt crime lord Graballa lure the Freemaker family into a trap on Tatooine after the criminal threatens to snap his antenna off. The podracer contacts the family to hire them as a replacement pit crew and claims that his usual crew have caught sand rot. The three Freemaker siblings accept and travel to Tatooine to work on a decoy podracer they believe belongs to the Toong. Quadinaros then introduces them to his "sponsor," revealing Graballa with several henchmen. The Freemakers realize that Quadinaros has betrayed them, but Graballa explains that the Toong did not do so willingly and dismisses him.[20]

Quadinaros then participates in the 29th Annual Bricklayers' Classic at the Mos Espa Grand Arena and manages to reach first place by the third lap; however, the Freemakers catch up with him, having escaped Graballa's clutches in the decoy podracer they had been working on. The family crashes into Quadinaros's podracer and causes his engines to separate from his cockpit, leaving him in the dust as they fly on to win the race.[20]

Ben Quadinaros briefly appeared in Gambit on Geonosis.

Quadinaros also appears in LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, a series retelling the events of each of original trilogy and prequel trilogy films. In the first episode, Exit from Endor, Quadrinaros is shown in C-3PO's retelling of The Phantom Menace; however, his podracer explodes immediately on the starting grid before the Boonta Eve Classic even begins.[21] In Gambit on Geonosis, the final episode of the series, the retelling of Return of the Jedi includes Quadinaros as one of several allies that join Luke Skywalker and his friends in fighting Jabba during the skirmish at the Great Pit of Carkoon.[22]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars Complete Vehicles, New Edition
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 StarWars-DatabankII.png Ben Quadinaros in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Star Pilot
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Ultimate Star Wars
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: Alien Archive
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  8. 8.0 8.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Ben Quadinaros in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  11. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  12. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of the episodes "The Wrong Jedi" and "A Death on Utapau" in 19 BBY. As the events of "The Rise of Clovis" take place between these two episodes according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), it must also take place in 19 BBY.
  13. 13.0 13.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Rise of Clovis"
  14. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
  15. Dawn of Rebellion dates the events of Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow to seventeen years after the end of the Clone Wars, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY; therefore, the events of Steps Into Shadow, including the appearance of Quadinaros on a poster, must take place in 2 BBY.
  16. Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow
  17. Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
  18. Databank title.png Podracer, Ben Quadinaros' in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  19. StarWars.com "The Rise of Clovis" Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Slide 1)
  20. 20.0 20.1 TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Race on Tatooine"
  21. DroidTalesLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Exit from Endor"
  22. DroidTalesLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Gambit on Geonosis"
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