Some of the craft had LC-10bW laser ice-cutters mounted to them and were used by the Rebel Alliance Corps of Engineers, alongside excavator machinery, to carve out space inside the caves of Echo Base.
Behind the scenes
The vehicle appeared, unnamed, in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In the film, one is briefly visible in the left corner of the frame when Han Solo rides into a hangar at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back, and can be briefly glimpsed near the Rebel defenses outside of the base.
The original blueprints for the prop show its production name was "cannon sled". The Star Wars: The Blueprints book indicates the vehicle was mounted on a sled towed by an Aktiv Fischer Snow Trac vehicle. On set footage of the vehicle was included in the rarely seen documentary by Michel Parbot, The Making of "The Empire Strikes Back". There were a number of publicity photos of Luke Skywalker manning a turret on the vehicle which, according to Lucasfilm Story Group executive Pablo Hidalgo, were not deleted scenes but rather on-set photos taken with the prop.
The 2005 reference book Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy identifies the laser ice-cutter on top of the cannon sled, while 2010's Star Wars Blueprints: Rebel Edition refers to it as the LC-10bW.
A vehicle resembling the cannon sled was featured in 8083 Rebel Trooper Battle Pack, a LEGO Star Wars battle pack that included several Hoth Rebel Troopers, along with dual flick firing rocket launchers. The vehicle was later added to the LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters video game.
- A New Beginning
- Classic Star Wars 18
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
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- Star Wars Technical Journal of the Rebel Forces (Picture only)
- Star Wars Technical Journal (Picture only)
- Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back (Second Edition) (Picture only)
- The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook (Picture only)
- Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 88 (HOT18, The Battle of Hoth) (Picture only)
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: The Blueprints (First identified as Cannon sled)
- The Making of The Empire Strikes Back (Picture only)
- Star Wars Blueprints: Rebel Edition (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Card Game – The Battle of Hoth (Card: Snowspeeder Launch Bay) (Picture only)
- Strongholds of Resistance
Notes and references
- (Behind the scenes footage and interviews including the cannon sled)