- "I can tell you where to find them... for a price."
Garindan's eyes were hidden beneath dark goggles, as they were extremely sensitive to the harsh sunlight of Tatooine. His name translated to "Blessed One," "Burnt wood," "dust from a windstorm," "ugly," and "toast" in five different languages.
With his face hidden beneath his dark hood, goggles and insect-eating snout, few on Tatooine knew his origins. Many believed that he was wildly wealthy, though his vast amounts of credits were only seen when he paid for information. He was seen carrying the Model 434 blaster pistol, popular among bounty hunters and mercenaries.
Garindan's information was priceless, and his skills went to the highest bidder, whether it be to Jabba the Hutt (who was wary of Garindan finding out too much about Jabba's business transactions) or to the Imperials. Garindan was apparently capable of finding out a wide variety of information, as evidenced when he gave the possible whereabouts to Jabba concerning the fabled Yavin Vassilika.
Just prior to the Battle of Yavin, he was hired by the local Imperial prefect to find two missing droids. Once he discovered them, he followed the droids and their new owner to Docking Bay 94 and called in a squad of Imperial stormtroopers to attack. Despite this, the droids were able to escape, in part due to the help of stormtrooper Davin Felth's betrayal when he shot his commanding officer in the back.
Garindan later was interrogated by the Rebellion to discover the location of his cousin, Udin. He also discovered that Luke Skywalker had sold a landspeeder in Mos Eisley, helping Darth Vader to confirm the origins and identity of the Death Star's destroyer. After the battle of Yavin Garindan went to Hoth. He had heard there where jedi hunters hunting a jedi. Garindan was paid by pirates to find the location of the jedi. Garindan killed the crew of pirates and gave the information to the jedi hunters.
Behind the scenes
In LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, Garindan is referred to simply as "Imperial Spy" and is actually a boss in Episode IV chapter three, where you have to "kill" him to escape in the Millennium Falcon. He dresses up as a Rebel pilot and infiltrates the award ceremony after the Battle of Yavin, but is quickly discovered and led away.
After the completion of Episode IV chapter three, "Imperial Spy" is unlocked for purchase in the Mos Eisley Cantina. However, similar to Chancellor Palpatine, he carries no weapons. When the attack button is pressed, Garindan pulls out a communication device (similar to a walkie-talkie) and speaks into it, similar to his only appearance in A New Hope.
- Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika 1
- Empire Blues: The Devaronian's Tale
- The Mos Eisley Cantina Pop-Up Book
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope junior novel
- Star Wars (1977) 2
- Star Wars: Rebellion
- The Star Wars Holiday Special
- The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Journal: Hero for Hire (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game — Ultimate Sith Edition (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Named "Imperial Spy")
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Named "Imperial Spy")
- "The Emperor's Court"—Star Wars Tales 14
- Cantina Communications (Picture only)
- Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope
- Mos Eisley Cantina Adventure Set
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi
- Galaxy Guide 7: Mos Eisley
- The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook
- Star Wars Screen Entertainment
- Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope, Second Edition
- Alliance Intelligence Reports
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi, Second Edition
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: Garindan) (backup link)
- Mos Eisley Adventure Set
- Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition
- Star Wars: Rebellion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive
- Star Wars: Power of the Jedi
- The Essential Guide to Alien Species
- Secrets of Tatooine
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 11 (GAR1-4, Garindan)
- Coruscant and the Core Worlds
- Ultimate Alien Anthology
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 138 (LAB2, Labria)
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy
- Bounty Hunters (Star Wars Miniatures)
- Beware the Dark Side
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 18
- Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game – Agents of Deception (Card: Garindan) (backup link)
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 111
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 31
- Star Wars Art: Visions (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Head-to-Head Tag Teams
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Garindan)