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Trinto Duaba was a male Stennes Shifter from Stennaros. An independent vagrant traveler about whom little was known, he was notably present in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Mos Eisley, Tatooine, on that fateful day that Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met Han Solo and Chewbacca.[1] Sitting in a darkened booth with the Ithorian Momaw Nadon, Duaba witnessed Skywalker and Kenobi enter into an altercation with Dr. Cornelius Evazan and his companion Ponda Baba.[4] Over thirty years later, Duaba was also present at Maz's castle on Takodana when Han Solo brought Finn, Rey, and BB-8 to meet Maz Kanata.[1] Due to a hyperspace-rip side-effect,[5] the Stennes Shifter, along with many other patrons, witnessed the destruction of the remote Hosnian system directly from Takodana. Shortly thereafter, Maz's castle was leveled by the First Order, which killed many of its inhabitants.[3] Duaba, however, managed to slip through the chaos unharmed and seek shelter elsewhere.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Duaba and Nadon

Trinto Duaba (left) and Momaw Nadon in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

Trinto Duaba first appeared in the cantina scene of the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1977).[4] His mask was a reuse of a pre-existing design from the makeup artist Rick Baker's inventory. This design, known as "Terminal Man," was an attempt to create an original take on Frankenstein's monster. The character was assigned the name of Trinto Duaba in sources that are part of Star Wars Legends.[6]

Unsubstantiated fan theories placed Salo Gardner as the actor for Trinto Duaba in A New Hope due to the actor's similar appearance to the character (despite the fact that Duaba's appearance was achieved by a mask and not makeup).[7] When Salo Gardner later appeared as a character in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015), news sites erroneously made the connection to Trinto Duaba based on the disproven myth.[8] When Gardner's new character was featured in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Complete Locations (2016) the character was officially identified as Trinto Duaba.[9] This is likely a situation where an official author unintentionally implements a fan idea, due to mistakenly believing it to already be official canon.


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  2. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  5. TwitterLogo Pablo Hidalgo (@PabloHidalgo) on Twitter: "What they're seeing is some weird hand-wavy hyperspace rip. Side-effect of the Starkiller." (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  6. StarWars Meet Braconnor Bakiska on StarWars.com (backup link)
  7. UPDATE: The Force Awakens: Salo Gardener Returns on jedinews.com (May 5, 2015) (archived from the original on May 11, 2015)
  8. Amazing Nod To Original Star Wars Spotted In New Force Awakens Photos by Butler, Tom on Yahoo Movies UK (May 6, 2015) (archived from the original on November 8, 2020)
  9. TwitterLogo Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter: "that's it, but the explanation is too long to get into here" (content obsolete and backup link not available)