For other uses, see Cobb.

Cobb Sonbepol was a Gotal who was present in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in the Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine in the year 0 BBY. When local hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi and moisture farmer Luke Skywalker entered the cantina in search of a pilot, Sonbepol sat at a table conversing with fellow patrons Momaw Nadon and Trinto Duaba.


In the year 0 BBY,[2] shortly before the Battle of Yavin, the Gotal[1] Cobb Sonbepol[3] sat in a booth right next to the door in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in the Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine, conversing with the Ithorian Momaw Nadon and the Stennes Shifter Trinto Duaba.[4] While they spoke, local hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi and the young moisture farmer Luke Skywalker entered the cantina with their droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, to look for a pilot.[1]

The bartender Wuher[5] turned the droids away, leaving Kenobi and Skywalker to approach the bar alone. At the counter, Skywalker caught the attention of criminals[1] Ponda Baba and Cornelius Evazan.[5] While Nadon discussed putting down roots on Tatooine with Duaba in the booth with Sonbepol,[4] the confrontation at the bar quickly escalated and drew interest from the rest of the cantina, ending when the criminal duo tried to attack Skywalker but were incapacitated by Kenobi with his lightsaber.[1]

Personality and traits[]

Sonbepol had brown fur and skin, and orange-colored eyes.[1] The Gotal spoke in Antarian while conversing with Nadon and Duaba.[6]


While in Chalmun's Cantina, Sonbepol wore a brown jacket and blue pants.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

Cobb Sonbepol sat with Trinto Duaba and Momaw Nadon in the cantina sequence.

Cobb Sonbepol was portrayed by an uncredited actor in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[1] The character's costume in the film used the same mask and prop claws as Feltipern Trevagg and Hennet Kayn, the two other Gotal characters visible in the cantina.[8] The Gotals were added to the film as part of supplemental footage for the cantina sequence shot during post production[9] on a sound stage in Dovington's Hollywood studio between January 24 and 25, 1977.[10]

The claws had originally been crafted by costume designer Rick Baker as props from the film It's Alive, which Baker had also previously worked on.[11] They were modified with fur for Star Wars[8] by make-up artist Laine Liska, who also created the character's mask[12] after it was designed by conceptual artist Ron Cobb.[13] The cantina character Myo also used a separate pair of the same claw props but without the fur.[10]

Having gone unnamed for forty years after first appearing in A New Hope, the Sonbepol character was first identified in 2017. During the "Behind the Scenes of the Cantina" panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando that year, Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo used elements of attendee Sonja Beyer-Paulsen's name to create the name "Cobb Sonbepol."[3]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope that occur prior to the Battle of Yavin, which includes Cobb Sonbepol's time in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina, to 0 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter: "Two newly named cantina denizens courtesy of the panel @TomSpinaDesigns and I just wrapped. #SWCO" (screenshot)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  6. StarWarsKids.jpg Every Language in Star Wars Movies | Star Wars By the Numbers on the official Star Wars Kids YouTube channel (backup link)
  7. StarWars-DatabankII.png Mos Eisley Cantina in the Databank (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 StarWars.com SWCA: Secrets of the Mos Eisley Cantina Panel Liveblog on StarWars.com (backup link) shows that the same mask was used for the three Gotals seen in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. StarWars.com SWCC 2019: 6 Surprises from Inside the Mos Eisley Cantina on StarWars.com (backup link) provides Hennet Kayn's name, and Star Wars: Complete Locations provides the name of Feltipern Trevagg.
  9. SWInsider.png "The Beastmaster!" – Star Wars Insider 126
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  11. StarWars.com SWCA: Secrets of the Mos Eisley Cantina Panel Liveblog on StarWars.com (backup link) shows that the claws used in the Cobb Sonbepol costume were originally from a set of props all made by Rick Baker for the film It's Alive, identifiable by the distinctive monster baby prop as seen in the following image: IMDb favicon.png Rick Baker in It's Alive (1974) at the Internet Movie Database (backup link)
  12. StarWars.com Cantina Roll-Call: Shedding Light on Some Alien Aliases on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. Star Wars: Chronicles
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