Cobb Sonbepol was a Gotal who was present in Chalmun's 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,[3] shortly before the Battle of Yavin,[2] the Gotal[1] Cobb Sonbepol[4] was sat in a booth right next to the door in Chalmun's Cantina in the Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine, conversing with the Ithorian Momaw Nadon and the Stennes Shifter Trinto Duaba.[5] While they spoke, local hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi and the young moisture farmer Luke Skywalker entered the cantina to look for a pilot with their droids, C-3PO and R2-D2.[2]

The bartender Wuher[6] turned the droids away, leaving Kenobi and Skywalker to approach the bar alone. At the counter, Skywalker caught the attention of criminals[2] Ponda Baba and Cornelius Evazan.[6] While Nadon discussed putting down roots on Tatooine with Duaba in the booth with Sonbepol,[5] 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.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Sonbepol had brown hair and skin, and orange-colored eyes.[2]


While at the cantina, Sonbepol wore a brown jacket and blue pants.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit


Cobb 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.[2] The character's costume in the film used the same mask and prop claws as both Feltipern Trevagg and Hennet Kayn.[8][9] The claws had originally been crafted by costume designer Rick Baker[10] as props from the film It's Alive,[8] 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] The cantina character Myo also used a separate pair of the same claw props but without the fur.[13]

Having gone unnamed for forty years after its first appearance 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."[4]



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