DS-3-12 was the call sign of a TIE pilot who served in the Galactic Empire's navy by 0 BBY. That year, the Battle of Yavin occurred, during which the Alliance to Restore the Republic attempted to destroy the Empire's DS-1 Orbital Battle Station superweapon. DS-3-12 was among the TIE pilots who fought in the battle, which saw numerous TIE/LN starfighters attempting to defend the battlestation from the Alliance starfighters. Ultimately, the TIE fighters were unsuccessful in defending the station, which was destroyed in a major Alliance victory over the Empire.
Behind the scenes
The name "DS-3-12" was coined by Wizards of the Coast in the 2002 A New Hope expansion of the Star Wars Trading Card Game. Although the card game identified "DS-3-12" as the designation of a TIE fighter, 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia instead established that name as the call sign of the corresponding TIE pilot. This article assumes the latter source is correct.
Furthermore, the Star Wars Trading Card Game card for DS-3-12 uses a film still of a TIE fighter destroyed by Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles during the Battle of Yavin scenes in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. That TIE fighter had previously been identified as "Black 4," and its pilot identified as "DS-61-4," in the 1996 A New Hope Limited expansion set of the Decipher, Inc. Star Wars Customizable Card Game. This article treats the identification of DS-3-12 by the Star Wars Trading Card Game as an error and as such avoids linking the subject to any of the onscreen TIE fighters seen in the A New Hope Battle of Yavin scenes.
- Star Wars Trading Card Game – A New Hope (Card: ) (First mentioned) (Visual misidentification of DS-61-4)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and references
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 212 ("DS-3-12")
- The New Essential Chronology
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars Trading Card Game – A New Hope (Card: )
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – A New Hope Limited (Card: Black 4) (backup link)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – A New Hope Limited (Card: DS-61-4) (backup link)