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Hem Dazon was a grouchy Arcona scout who became stranded on the planet Tatooine after spending all his money on juri juice and salt. While on Tatooine, he spent time in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina and was present when Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and his companion Luke Skywalker entered the establishment. The Arcona sat with fellow patrons Bom Vimdin, Arleil Schous, Pons Limbic, and Braconnor Bakiska.


"Hem Dazon frequently spent time in the Mos Eisley cantina after being stranded on Tatooine. He couldn't return to his home planet because he had spent all his credits on salt and juri juice."
―An entry in an artist's journal restored and expanded at the Graf Archive[2]

Hem Dazon spent time in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Mos Eisley.

Hem Dazon was an Arcona scout[1] who became stranded on the planet Tatooine after spending all his credits on juri juice and salt, preventing him from returning to his homeworld. After becoming stranded, he frequently spent time in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in the Mos Eisley spaceport.[2] Shortly before the Battle of Yavin,[4] in 0 BBY,[5] Dazon sat at a table in one of the cantina's backrooms[1] when the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and the local moisture farmer Luke Skywalker entered the establishment with the droids C-3PO and R2-D2.[4]

The Arcona shared the table with four other patrons: the Advozse Bom Vimdin, the Defel Arleil Schous, the Siniteen Pons Limbic, and the Stennes Shifter Braconnor Bakiska.[3] Dazon, Bakiska, and Vimdin were still sitting at the table with several other patrons when Kenobi and Skywalker got into a fight with the ruffians Doctor Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba at the cantina's bar.[1] Dazon was mentioned in an artist's journal, which was restored, expanded, and displayed at the Graf Archive[2] at some point after 34 ABY.[6]

Personality and traits[]

Dazon was a grouchy Arcona with brown skin. He particularly favored the variety of juri juice containing Rodian blood, even though it made his hands tremble and turned his eyes a putrid golden color.[3] He spoke in Arconese.[7]


Hem Dazon wore a brown jacket in the cantina.[1]

Behind the scenes[]


Hem Dazon was a puppet operated by Liane Liska.

Hem Dazon first appeared in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[4] The alien was designed, built,[8] and portrayed[9] by makeup artist Laine Liska[8] during a series of supplemental shots filmed for the cantina sequence on a sound stage in Dovington's Hollywood studio between January 2425, 1977.[10] Liska, creature designer Rick Baker,[11] and Jon Berg all drew concept art of the character.[12] The character's "costume" consisted only of the head and neck, which was operated as a hand puppet.[8] A silver flashlight in the back of the head made the character's eyes sparkle.[13]

On set, the character was known as "T Head" due to the shape of the puppet. A Lucasfilm Ltd. memorandum dated September 13, 1978 stated that the character's name was intended to be "Thadd," although this was never used.[8] The character instead became known as Hem Dazon, a name first used in the new Star Wars canon in the 2015 reference book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.[3] The name originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it first appeared in the 1989 Mos Eisley Cantina Adventure Set, a miniatures supplement released by West End Games for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.[14]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Alien Archive
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  5. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events that take place prior to the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which include Hem Dazon's appearance, to 0 BBY.
  6. Star Wars: Alien Archive establishes that the restored in-universe journal discusses Poe Dameron's mutiny against Amilyn Holdo, which is depicted in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. The Star Wars Book places the events of The Last Jedi in the same year as the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY, meaning the document must have been published after that year.
  7. StarWarsKids Every Language in Star Wars Movies | Star Wars By the Numbers on the official Star Wars Kids YouTube channel (content now obsolete; backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 StarWars Cantina Roll-Call: Shedding Light on Some Alien Aliases - Friendly Neighborhood Cullatran on StarWars.com (article) (content now obsolete; backup link)
  9. StarWars SWCA: Secrets of the Mos Eisley Cantina Panel Liveblog on StarWars.com (backup link)
  10. The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  11. YouTube Star Wars: A New Hope – Cantina Archeology Part 2: Behind The Scenes of the Mos Eisley Cantina – US on the The Credible Nerds YouTube channel (backup link)
  12. Lot #: 188 Hand-Drawn Flat-top Alien Sketch by Jon Berg Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope on us.propstoreauction.com (archived from the original on July 25, 2023)
  13. The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures & Aliens
  14. WEG icon2 Star Wars Miniatures BattlesMos Eisley Cantina Adventure Set