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"General… General Veers! Sir, you've got to listen to me. Hang on, all right?"
―Lastok[src]

Lastok, designated TK-7834, was a male Imperial AT-AT pilot who served in Blizzard Force during the Battle of Hoth[1] in 3 ABY.[2] He was the designated pilot for Blizzard 1, the AT-AT of General Maximilian Veers, along with the gunner TK-5187. The vehicle was taken down by a Rebel snowspeeder flown by rebel pilot Derek Klivian, that crashed into the cabin. Lastok survived the crash, and helped to find and rescue General Veers along the rubble of the AT-AT.[1]


Behind the scenes[]

"Super excited to say Alex and I were given TK numbers in FACPOV ESB! Mine is my birthday 5-1-87 and Alex's is also his birthday but scrambled 3-4-87 - also named after @VeersWatch"
―Mollie Damon, on the naming references of Lastok and his designation[src]

Lastok, as he appears in The Empire Strikes Back

The AT-AT pilot that would later be known as Lastok first appeared in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, directed by Irvin Kershner. He was played by an uncredited extra.[3] Lastok was later identified, as well as his designation TK-7834, in the short story "The Truest Duty," written by Christie Golden as a part of the 2020 short story collection From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.[1]

Lastok is a tuckerization of the last name of George Kostal, who ran the @VeersWatch Twitter account. VeersWatch was dedicated to checking out each new Star Wars content in search of potential appearances of Maximillian Veers,[4] the focus of "The Truest Duty." The tweet announcing Veers as the story's subject even referenced the VeersWatch account, stating that the "watch has ended" with the return of Veers.[5] In addition, Lastok's designation number, 7834, was a scrambled variation of the date 3-4-87, the birth date of video creator Alex Damon, aka "Star Wars Explained."[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "The Truest Duty"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  3. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  4. TwitterLogo.svg Veers Watch (@VeersWatch) on Twitter: "And on an even more selfish level he's saved by his pilot, Lastok, WHICH UH HAS ME PRETTY DAMN EXCITED" (backup link)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "11 - And now your watch has ended. General Veers has arrived. @ChristieGolden #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  6. TwitterLogo.svg Mollie Damon (@MollieDamon) on Twitter: "Super excited to say Alex and I were given TK numbers in FACPOV ESB! Mine is my birthday 5-1-87 and Alex's is also his birthday but scrambled 3-4-87 - also named after @VeersWatch" (screenshot)
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