- "Alert all commands. Ready the tractor beam."
- ―Admiral Firmus Piett's orders to his command crew, including Vandolay
Vandolay was a Human male who served as the Imperial Security Bureau attaché aboard the Super Star Destroyer Executor during the Galactic Civil War. By 3 ABY, he held the rank of corporal and was the political liaison for the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order, as well as the Detention Officer responsible for all prisoner transfers aboard the Executor. That year, Vandolay was present aboard the Executor during the Galactic Empire's occupation of the planet Bespin.
Corporal Vandolay was a Human male who lived during the Galactic Civil War, serving aboard the Dark Lord Darth Vader's flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor, by the year 3 ABY. Aboard the Executor, Vandolay was the Imperial Security Bureau attaché and political liaison for the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order, an organization that supported Emperor Palpatine's New Order by ensuring the cultural edification of the Galactic Empire's citizens. Vandolay was also the Executor's Detention Officer and was responsible for all prisoner transfers aboard the warship.
In 3 ABY, Vandolay was present in one of the crewpits of the Executor's command bridge during the Super Star Destroyer's attempt to capture the freighter Millennium Falcon—carrying the Rebel fugitives Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Lando Calrissian—following the vessel's escape from Cloud City on the Imperial-occupied planet Bespin. Vandolay and the other crew members responded to Admiral Firmus Piett's order to ready the battleship's tractor beam to capture the Millennium Falcon. However, at the last minute, the Millennium Falcon suddenly escaped into hyperspace.
Personality and traits
Behind the scenes
Albeit initially unnamed, Vandolay first appeared in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, in which he was portrayed by an uncredited extra. The actor portraying Vandolay first appeared as a member of the bridge crew of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Avenger during the pursuit of the Millennium Falcon in the Anoat system. That character, however, is not canonically established to be Vandolay. Toward the end of the film, the actor appears again in reused footage from the Avenger scene during the Executor's attempted capture of the Millennium Falcon over Bespin. Only the back of the character's head is visible on-screen during this scene, however.
The Vandolay character was later given a name and brief backstory on the "Corporal Vandolay" card for the 1997 Dagobah Limited expansion set of Decipher, Inc.'s Star Wars Customizable Card Game, which canonically established Vandolay as the character appearing in the reused-footage Executor scene. Notably, however, the card used a still of the character from the Avenger's bridge scene as the canonical image of Vandolay.
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Dagobah Limited (Card: Corporal Vandolay) (backup link) (First identified as Vandolay)
Notes and references
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Dagobah Limited (Card: Corporal Vandolay) (backup link)
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- The New Essential Chronology dates the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back to 3 ABY.
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 136 ("COMPNOR (COMPOR)")