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"Oh, look out Jar Jar. A crab droid is heading right for you."
"Headed for meesa?"
"Yes, yousa!"
―C-3PO and Jar Jar Binks[src]

The LM-432 "Muckraker" crab droid, commonly referred to as the crab droid or simply "Muckraker," was a four-legged droid tank manufactured by the Techno Union.[1] There are other models of this droid that has six-legs. They were used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.[4]

DescriptionEdit

The LM-432 crab droid was a Separatist military unit that excelled at navigating swampy environments. They varied in size, smaller models had four legs, larger models boasted six. Its armored limbs provided secure purchase when clambering over uneven terrain, and teeth at the tips of the limbs combined with gripping prongs at the joints allowed the crab droid to scale steep inclines. The LM-432's face was dominated by three glowing red photoreceptors, while communications antennae kept the droid in contact with its Separatist commanders. The crab droid had two belly-mounted blaster cannons for long-range threats. Its forelegs were strong enough to punch through vehicle armor.[1]

One of the crab droid's weaknesses was its blind spots. An intuitive attacker could slip past its claws and strike at its vulnerable central processor.[1] During the Battle of Utapau, clone troopers jumped on top of several crab droids, where they shot it repeatedly in its "head."[4]

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Behind the scenesEdit

The design of the crab droid stems from transformed tank droid concepts created by Ryan Church in the summer of 2002. The finished shape was mostly there in a sketch called "droid soldiers".[5]

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Separatist battle droid models
Infantry
Aqua droid · B1 battle droid (631 · B1 grapple droid · B1 recon droid · B1 repeater blaster droid · B1 rocket launcher droid · B1-series rocket battle droid · Firefighter battle droid · Heavy Battle Droid · Jungle battle droid · OOM-series battle droid (OOM command battle droid · OOM pilot battle droid · OOM-series security droid)) · B2 super battle droid (B2-ACM Trooper · B2-HA super battle droid · B2-RP battle droid · B2 grapple droid · Super battle droid rocket trooper) · B3 battle droid · BX-series droid commando (BX-series droid commando captain) · Demolition droid · Droideka (Sharpshooter droideka) · D-wing air support droid · DSD1 dwarf spider droid · C-8 saboteur droid · IG lancer droid · IG-100 MagnaGuard · LR-57 combat droid · Millicreep droid · Pistoeka sabotage droid · Probe killer · SD-K4 assassin droid · Separatist probe droid · Unidentified battle droid model · Viper recon droid
Droid tanks
IG-227 Hailfire-class · LM-432 crab droid · NR-N99 Persuader-class
Droid walkers
Harvester · Octuptarra tri-droid · OG-9 homing spider droid
Droid starfighters
Droid tri-fighter · Hyena-class bomber · Vulture droid starfighter (Unidentified vulture droid variant)
Other
Decimator · Droideka Oppressor · HMP droid gunship · J-1 proton cannon · S-43 enforcer droid · Super tactical droid · T-series tactical droid
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