The Exclusive Yellow Amex Platinum Card Has Arrived

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Last month, members of The Points Guy team got to party with Pharrell, Missy Elliott and other personalities at the very first Yellow Ball . Tickets cost $1,000 a pop, with proceeds going to Young Audiences Arts for Learning , a non-profit tasked with providing arts education for more than 5 million children each year.

Attendees left the event knowing they were directly supporting a very important cause, but those who purchased their tickets with the Platinum Card® from American Express also received a special memento in the mail: an exclusive yellow version of the card , designed by Pharrell.

TPG travel editor Melanie Lieberman was the first TPGer to unwrap her flashy replacement card, and she brought it to the office to show it off today. I swooped in to snap some pics (sorry Melanie!).

It's, well... it's a yellow Platinum card. There's really not much more to it. It is noticeably lighter, though — the original metal Platinum card weighs 0.6 ounces, while the yellow replacement tips the scale at 0.5.

The yellow version also seems to support contactless payments — perhaps made possible by its slightly modified construction.

Still, with the exception of airfare, which earns 5x points per dollar, many of us turn to other Amex products when it comes time to spend , saving The Platinum Card® from American Express for its fantastic perks, like Centurion Lounge access , $200 in annual airline fee and Uber credits , and a number of lesser-known perks .

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The Suez Canal’s worst stuck-ship fiasco lasted eight whole years

The Ever Given container ship is stuck in the Suez after a strong wind pushed it aground.

An enormous container ship by the name of Ever Given has been stuck in the Suez Canal since Tuesday, and the bottleneck of marine traffic created by the unfortunate vessel could take weeks to clear .

Fiasco though this undoubtedly is—one with major repercussions for the global shipping system —history offers a reminder that things could be worse.

In 1967, 14 cargo ships were traveling through the Suez when the Six-Day War broke out between Israel and neighboring Arab countries Jordan, Egypt, and Syria, turning the canal into a combat zone . Egyptian authorities instructed the ships’ crews to anchor in the widest part of the Suez, Great Bitter Lake. Though the war lasted a matter of days, the ships would remain stranded there for the next eight years.

What was the Yellow Fleet?

Nicknamed the Yellow Fleet in reference to the desert sand that eventually coated the ships as they sat at an impasse, the boats hailed from Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, France, Poland, Sweden, West Germany, the UK, and the US. Their plight came down to being in the wrong place at the wrong time: Israel won control of the east bank of the canal during its offensive, while Egypt retained the west. After the war ended, Egypt shut down the canal to prevent Israel from using it, blocking it with debris, old vessels, and landmines.

After three difficult months, the original crew members of the ships were allowed to head home. But shipping companies didn’t want to leave the boats there unmanned. “The logical thing to do was to keep people there to protect the valuable cargo and the investment that they’d made in the ships,” Cath Senker, author of the book Stranded in the Six-Day War , told the podcast 99% Invisible . And so relief crews cycled in and out to keep watch over the boats, forming their own international community in the process, known as the Great Bitter Lake Association.

Mental Floss gives the rundown of how the novel marine society divvied up responsibilities:

Each ship adopted a special duty to keep the “country” running smoothly. The Polish freighter served as a post office. The Brits hosted soccer matches. One ship served as a hospital; another, a movie theater. On Sundays, the German  Nordwind  hosted “church” services. “We call it church,” Captain Paul Wall told the  Los Angeles Times  in 1969. “But actually it is more of a beer party.” (The Germans received free beer from breweries back home.)

The enterprising Great Bitter Lake Association found plenty of other ways to keep busy, hosting their own version of the Olympics in 1968 (the Polish crew won), and even creating their very own handmade postage stamps .

But the party couldn’t last forever. As the years ticked on, shipping companies sensibly reduced the number of people they sent to the skeleton crews. In total, 3,000 workers did a tour on board the marooned ships at one point or another.

In 1975, the Suez Canal finally reopened. The canal had remained closed so long that most of the Yellow Fleet ships had decayed and needed to be towed. But two of them—the German ships Münsterland and Nordwind — made it out on their own steam.

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The Naboo Royal N-1 starfighter , sometimes known simply as the Naboo starfighter , was a starfighter used by the government of Naboo during the late years of the Galactic Republic and early days of the Galactic Empire for defense, patrol, and escort duties. The sleek vessel was manufactured by Theed Palace Space Vessel Engineering Corps , the group responsible for manufacturing Naboo royal starships .

  • 1 Characteristics
  • 2.1 Later history
  • 3 Behind the scenes
  • 4.1 Non-canon appearances
  • 6 Notes and references

Characteristics [ ]


An N-1 starfighter in flight.

The Royal N-1 starfighter featured the best elements of Naboo design, being aesthetically sound and adhering to the Naboo's love for curves and aerodynamic shapes. [2]

A chromium finish on the front of the vehicle would gleam in the sunlight during parades and celebratory fly-bys. This chromium was purely decorative and reserved for starships serving the Royal House of Naboo . Once, the chromium was used to deflect rays from Naboo's sun, and all starships were fitted with it. The finish contrasted sharply with rest of the N-1, which was yellow in color. [2]

The citizens of Naboo were dedicated to the defense of their ecologically sensitive world , and the N-1 was an example of this commitment. Its specialized engine system, twin J-type Nubian 221 sub-light pulse engines, ensured that fuel would burn hotter in order to reduce harmful emissions. [2]

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N-1 schematics.

An advanced cooling system which incorporated several heat sinks along the engine finials prevented overheating. The rear finial could be connected to special outlets in the Theed Hangar to recharge the craft and transmit important data, even coded mission profiles. [2]

The N-1's roles included reconnaissance/patrol missions, escort duty, system defense, and ceremonial functions. While its speed and agility made it an ideal dogfighter, it was a poor ground-attack craft and it suffered in tight spaces, as these situations robbed it of all its advantages. [ source? ] However, it could still perform the tank-buster job in a pinch, as Naboo pilot Rhys Dallows found when he had to defend a Resistance base hidden in his old training canyon . [9]

In order to accompany the Queen's starship to Coruscant or other distant planets, each N-1 was equipped with a Nubian Monarc C-4 hyperdrive with a range of 1,000 light-years . When this was insufficient, the escort fighters could refuel in transit via the J-type diplomatic barge's under-wing docking sockets. [2]


An N-1's "tail" docked with a coupling unit for refueling.

The pilot was protected by advanced life support systems and deflector shields , aided by an astromech droid that would help the pilot with repairs and adjustments. [2]

The N-1 starfighter was also equipped with an advanced autopilot that could receive navigational information from hangar outlets or from Naboo flight control. In a crisis, the autopilot could bring the craft to the site of an emergency or pilot the ship home safely. [2]

The N-1's weapons were twin laser cannons and a full complement of 10 proton torpedoes . These were powerful enough to allow the N-1 to engage even the superior numbers of Vulture droids of the Trade Federation Droid Control Ship as was required during the Battle of Naboo . [2]

History [ ]


Top view of an N-1 starfighter.

The N-1 entered Naboo service in 33 BBY, replacing its predecessor, the N-1L light starfighter , [10] during King Ars Veruna's reign. As the monarch's pet project, [1] the N-1 quickly became the standard starfighter among Naboo pilots. [10]

In 36 BBY , an N-1 was used to seal off a storage area revealed by a beached Sando aqua monster . [11]

Agamar attempted to acquire N-1 starfigthers. When Naboo refused to sell them, Bravo Eight Dren Melne made a deal with the Agamarians so they could capture one. Two carriers ambushed Echo Flight , but Essara Till and the other pilots drove off the attackers, and Melne was killed. [12]

Two Naboo fighters, piloted by Till and rookie Rhys Dallows were escorting the Queen's cruiser near an asteroid field to preliminary discussions with the Trade Federation when they were ambushed by mercenaries in various starfighters, including MorningStars , Dianogas , and Daggers . The two pilots fended off the marauders in their N-1s while the Queen returned to Naboo. [9]

Later, N-1s would be used to resist the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo , but they were no match for the might of the Droid Army . However, a squadron of these fighters, Bravo Flight , scrambled to attack the Droid Control Ship Vuutun Palaa over Naboo and shut down the droid army fighting the Gungan Grand Army . They were able to penetrate the swarms of droid starfighters and attack the vessel, but even their proton torpedoes could not penetrate the heavy shields . Thanks to Anakin Skywalker's accidental destruction of some of the ship's reactors from inside the vessel, they were successful. [5]

Later history [ ]

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An N-1 starfighter.

The success of the N-1 led to the reputation of starfighters as battleship-killers. [13]

In 21 BBY , 30 of these starfighters, along with a corporate fleet loyal to the Galactic Republic, were sent to rescue Jedi trapped on Lanteeb . [14]

At some point, a quartet of four aged N-1 fighters saw service with the Black Hammer pirates , a pirate group that operated from the planet Galantos in the Deep Core . [15]

Although their technology was outdated by the time of the post-Clone Wars era, [16] N-1s remained in use for many years, even as late as between 2 BBY and 0 BBY , where several N-1s owned by a Rebel Alliance cell on Naboo were used against Lucrehulk -class battleships and Vulture droid fighters sent to Naboo by an unknown party. [17] In 4 ABY , they flew across the skies of Theed during an uprising against the Empire . [18] Some were seen in use by the Rebel Alliance [7] and Rebel sympathizers. [19]

The Galactic Civil War-era outlaw known as Stormtrooper X piloted an N-1 christened Rogue Imperial 5 .

By 40 ABY , the N-1 was described as an 'antique'. [20]

Behind the scenes [ ]

When R2-D2 successfully overrides the auto pilot on Anakin Skywalker's N-1 during the Battle of Naboo and returns control of the craft to its pilot, the rightmost console panel shows a display nearly identical to those seen on the Millennium Falcon ' s quad laser turrets in Star Wars : Episode IV A New Hope .

Also, the full-size N-1 Starfighter prop used by Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars : Episode I The Phantom Menace , is on display in the Boston Museum of Science. The museum also had another Star Wars exhibit, but that was removed sometime in December 2006.

Doug Chiang has acknowledged that an R2 unit cannot physically exist inside the frame of the spacecraft as it is depicted in Episode I and later in Episode II . His original concept artwork did allow for the legs of an R2 unit to fit within the tube-shaped socket, but George Lucas directed him to make the socket tube diameter the same, or nearly the same, as the diameter of the droid's head, which does not allow enough room for the legs of the droid. A compromise was reached in the Star Wars: Episode I Incredible Cross-Sections book which shows Artoo Detoo collapsing his legs and telescoping his head above his body until it was above the viewing threshold.

N-1 starfighters are unlockable in the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron video game series.

With the introduction of Chapter 8 in Star Wars Galaxies , the starfighter became a playable ship available to freelance ace pilots . It was one of several ships made playable in Chapter 8 along with the X4 Gunship , the AEG-77 Vigo , and the Ye-4 gunship . [21]

Appearances [ ]

Non-canon appearances [ ].

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Sources [ ]

Notes and references [ ].

  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 Darth Plagueis
  • ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  • ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 The Official Star Wars Fact File
  • ↑ Star Wars: Starfighter : Prima's Official Strategy Guide
  • ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars : Episode I The Phantom Menace
  • ↑ Star Wars : Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • ↑ Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo
  • ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Starfighter
  • ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds


  • ↑ The Essential Guide to Warfare
  • ↑ Clone Wars Gambit: Siege
  • ↑ Coruscant and the Core Worlds
  • ↑ Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide
  • ↑ Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • ↑ Star Wars : Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  • ↑ Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • ↑ Legacy of the Force: Tempest

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Ships of the Galaxy: Naboo N-1 Starfighter

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Ships of the galaxy: naboo n-1 starfighter.

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Go under the hood of the classic prequel craft, now the ship of choice for the Mandalorian.

In “Ships of the  Galaxy ,” celebrates all the different kinds of craft across the saga. Strap in, punch it, and join us for the ride.

In Chapter 5 of The Book of Boba Fett , an iconic spacecraft from the days of the Galactic Republic made a surprise, triumphant return: the Naboo N-1 starfighter . Even with the tarp over the half-complete vessel, its unique design was instantly recognizable. (Of course, Mando made his own special modifications.) Let’s take a closer look at the N-1 starfighter and what makes it so wizard.

R2-D2 in the Naboo N-1 starfighter

Behind The Scenes

The Naboo N-1 starfighter made its in-universe debut in  Star Wars: The Phantom Menace , a new style of fighter that was very different than what had been seen in the saga up until that point. “The N-1 is one of my favorites,” Doug Chiang, vice president and executive creative director of Lucasfilm, who was a concept artist for The Phantom Menace , told on the film’s 20 th anniversary . “That was a big risk for me because I knew that Naboo had a lot of water and, for some crazy reason, I thought, “Okay, maybe their ships should have an aquatic feel.” That’s why there is a boat-like hull bottom. I was originally thinking that the N-1 would actually land on water, and that’s why it has that. That’s why it doesn’t have landing gear."

Naboo starfighter front concept art by Doug Chiang

The design proved to be an outright success -- an elegant starfighter for a more civilized age.

“It was iconic, it was simple to read, you could tell what it was, and it was fresh,” Chiang said. “I was very happy that George [Lucas] actually liked it and actually wanted to push it even further by making it a bold color.” A few practical models of the N-1 were built for the prequel trilogy, and it was added to Star Wars: Return of The Jedi as part of the galaxy-wide celebration commemorating the defeat of the Empire for the DVD release of the original trilogy.

Naboo N-1 starfighter concept art by Doug Chiang

Specs and Features

The look of the N-1 embodies the cultural aesthetics of the people of Naboo . Much like the planet it patrols, the design demonstrates the art and beauty valued by its inhabitants. The striking yellow encompassing the majority of the ship is contrasted by the chrome on the nose. It’s powered by two J-type engines, allowing for speed and optimal maneuverability. It can also jump into hyperspace without the assistance of a docking ring, making it one of the faster ships in the galaxy. If you need a quick getaway, this is the ship you’re looking for.

Naboo N-1 starfighter

In addition to speed, the N-1 is equipped with twin laser cannons and two fire-linked torpedo launchers, making it formidable in aerial combat. There’s also a socket at the rear of the vessel for an astromech to assist with onboard duties, but this can be removed and refurbished based on the pilot’s preference. And for those particularly long journeys, the autopilot feature can come in handy, as well. What the N-1 starfighter lacks in size (holding only a single pilot), it makes up for in other areas valued by pilots.

Anakin accidentally trapped within an N-1

Biggest Moments

In The Phantom Menace , Anakin Skywalker’s first moment of heroism occurs during the Battle of Naboo when the Force-sensitive child finds himself accidentally trapped within an N-1. He inadvertently hurtles through space, but soon takes control and brings down a Droid Control Ship, ensuring the invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation is short-lived.

N-1s escorts in Attack of the Clones

As seen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones , three N-1s escort Senator Padmé Amidala to Naboo to vote on the Military Creation Act, with one ultimately destroyed by a saboteur. And as depicted in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny , Ahsoka Tano trains Amidala in aerial combat maneuvers, using an all-chrome N-1 starfighter. During Operation: Cinder in the Star Wars: Shattered Empire comic, Leia Organa (alongside Shara Bey and Queen Soruna) flies an N-1 to blow up some Imperial satellites and save her mother’s homeworld. The circle is complete.

Video game fans may recall that PlayStation 2 and Xbox owners could fly the starship in Star Wars : Starfighter , as well as in Nintendo 64’s Battle For Naboo .

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Finally, in The Book of Boba Fett , Din Djarin, known to many as the Mandalorian, replaces his destroyed Razor Crest with a now-vintage N-1 starfighter. Alongside friend and mechanic Peli Motto, he customizes the classic ship with a turbonic venturi assimilator from a Galactic Republic-era starfighter. On this specific ship, the vapor manifold is missing, but this will only strangle the thrust capacitor, so Peli fabricates an induction intake charger to double the spacecraft’s output coefficient (which will not blow the shaft out of the pilot’s motivator block, despite the Mandalorian’s concerns, due to Peli reinforcing the compression housing). In other words, this modified N-1 starfighter is even faster than the classic design. Plus, the new paint job makes the ship looks like the Mandalorian’s armor, which is, simply, cool.

The Naboo N-1 starfighter has made an impact in several Star Wars stories, and with its bold, minimalist design, is a classic in any galaxy.

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Dan Zehr is the host and brand director of the fan podcast  Coffee With Kenobi , your spoiler-free place for Star Wars community and conversation. He is the co-author of The Star Wars Book and the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded Edition , and is a high school English teacher, with an emphasis on Mythology and Composition, and has an MS in Teaching and Learning. Follow him on Twitter @MrZehr .

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N-1 Starfighter: The Mandalorian’s new ship is a Phantom Menace deep cut

The most underrated spaceship in Star Wars just crashed The Book of Boba Fett.

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Spinning, that’s a good trick! Just ask nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker and Mandalorian cool guy Din Djarin. In an unexpected twist, Mando hit up The Book of Boba Fett and got himself a new ship. And yes, Mando’s smooth new ride is the same kind of starfighter flown by young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace . Here’s the history of it, why it was such a big deal in 1999, and why it’s perfect that it’s back.

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Anakin Skywalker crash-lands his N-1 in a Droid Control Ship about forty years before Mando flew the same kind of ship in The Book of Boba Fett .

What is the N-1 starfighter?

As Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) tells Mando in Boba Fett Episode 5, the N-1 starfighter was “handmade by the royal guard and commissioned personally by the Queen of Naboo... I mean these are all handmade, no droids!”

The notion that the N-1 was built by hand is seemingly a new piece of Star Wars canon, but it checks out with what we know about the ornate nature of all things that come from Naboo. How this particular starfighter made its way from Naboo to Tatooine is unclear, but because young Anakin safely landed his N-1 after blowing up a Trade Federation Droid Control Ship, we could speculate that this fighter is Anakin’s old ship.

Either way, in the timeline of the Mandalorian and Boba Fett TV shows, this ship design is at least 41 years old. But because technological advances didn’t exactly shoot forward during the reign of the Empire, the basic tech of the N-1 is still somewhat contemporary with the X-wings that try to pull Mando over during his test drive.

Unlike a lot of spaceships we see in the newer shows, the Naboo ships were specifically designed for the prequels. As concept artist Doug Chiang said in 1999 , the ships from Naboo were meant to be “bold and different than anything we’ve previously seen in Star Wars.” With the N-1 returning to Boba Fett, what was once a risky and edgy spaceship design is now a classic.

Although the Star Wars prequels are often mocked for their excessive use of CGI, several practical N-1 models were built for The Phantom Menace , and they were the guides for what ended up on screen.

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If you played Star Wars games in 1999, then you know an N-1 can outrun an X-wing.

N-1 starfighter nostalgia

In terms of live-action canon, the N-1 Starfighters only flew in the prequels, and mostly just in The Phantom Menace. But for Star Wars fans who came of age in the late ‘90s and early aughts, the legacy of this specific ship felt much bigger than just one movie. The N-1 was a major focus of the 2001 PlayStation 2 and Xbox game Star Wars: Starfighter, as well as the 2000 N64 game Battle For Naboo .

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Faster than an X-wing, more powerful than the Falcon .

But perhaps the deepest cut is the fact that a playable N-1 was hidden in the 1998 N64 game Rogue Squadron, which wasn’t revealed until after The Phantom Menace hit in 1999. When the code was released by Lucasarts, players could suddenly unlock the N-1 Starfighter and fly it during the Rebellion era. And if you did, you know the N-1 was faster than the X-wings, a fact reinforced in Episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett .

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Why the N-1 is perfect for Mando

When Mando gets back from his test run he tells Peli the flight was “wizard.” This references nine-year-old Anakin’s catchphrase “so wizard,” which felt cringeworthy in 1999, but has since become a little endearing. Mando using it is a metafictional hug from the current era of Star Wars to the oft-maligned prequels, while Mando flying through Beggar’s Canyon references both the podracing in The Phantom Menace and Luke’s memories of racing through the same canyon before A New Hope .

Mando flying the N-1 puts him closer to being like Luke Skywalker than Han Solo, which further distances him from Boba Fett too. The ship is sleek, minimalist, and wrapped in misunderstood nostalgia, making it the spaceship equivalent of Mando’s armor.

But most importantly, this ship makes Mando feel more like a hero than an anti-hero. Luke Skywalker is content to fly his X-wing around even after he becomes a Jedi Master. Mando’s no Jedi, but he seems to be embracing a similar vibe.

Now we’ve just got to wait and see if a certain green child joins him for a joyride.

The Book of Boba Fett has two episodes left, which air over the next two Wednesdays on Disney+.

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Starfield Player Builds Star Wars Naboo Starfighter Ship

A crafty Starfield player uses the game's shipbuilding mechanics to recreate the Naboo N-1 starfighter from Star Wars in Bethesda's latest RPG.

  • Starfield players have been constructing impressive spaceships since the game's release, and recently one player recreated the Naboo N-1 starfighter from Star Wars.
  • The recreation is remarkably close to the original spacecraft, including its twin radial engines and distinctive yellow finish.
  • The player shared a detailed list of parts used and screenshots to help others recreate the Naboo N-1 starfighter in Starfield. The vessel is both stylish and functional, with forward engines that are fully operational and a well-designed hull.

One Starfield player and an apparent Star Wars fan managed to recreate the Naboo N-1 starfighter in Bethesda's latest title. Their feat of engineering is just the latest in a long list of incredible spaceships that Starfield players built since the game's early September release.

Among many other complex mechanics, Starfield offers an elaborate system for building and customizing ships . While the feature itself is entirely optional, many fans found the opportunity to build their own spacecraft from the ground up too good to pass up.

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That demographic also includes Reddit user Megatroidskittles11, who recently went through the effort of making a fully functional Naboo N-1 starfighter from Star Wars in Starfield . The end result of their engineering endeavor is remarkably close to the spacecraft that first appeared in The Phantom Menace , not least because it successfully recreates the starfighter's twin radial engines and signature yellow finish.

In an effort to elaborate on their achievement, Megatroidskittles11 even shared an exhaustive list of parts they used, as well as some additional screenshots of the vessel captured in Starfield's ship builder . Those materials should prove to be a great starting point for anyone looking to follow in their footsteps and create their own Naboo N-1 starfighter in Starfield . The central piece of the spacecraft's body is the Nova Galactic All-in-One Berth, a two-by-one block that helps capture the look of the original starfighter's slim hull branching into its twin engines.

While many of the most original Starfield spacecraft designs that surfaced online so far have largely been constructed out of Structural parts that are entirely cosmetic, that's not the case with this impressive take on the Naboo N-1 starfighter; not only are its forward engines fully functional, but its entire hull makes great use of the game's components in order to blend both style and substance. As a result, the vessel does a seamless job at combining amenities like an armory with some rather high-end weaponry into a package that wouldn't look out of place in the Star Wars universe.

For a spacecraft that was primarily looking to mimic an existing design, this Naboo N-1 starfighter recreation boasts some rather respectable stats that should make it capable of taking on enemy gunships even on the game's hardest difficulty. Due to its engine of choice, the vessel ended up being categorized in the C reactor class, meaning that it requires the fourth rank of Starfield's Piloting skill to operate.

Starfield is available now for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

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Mandalorian's new ship explained: naboo starfighter & podracer connections.

The Book of Boba Fett features the return of Din Djarin along with a brand new ship to replace his Razor Crest: an N-1 Naboo starfighter.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for The Book of Boba Fett episode 5

The Book of Boba Fett's  episode 5 is surprisingly dedicated to the return of  The Mandalorian's Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) who shows off his new ship: an N-1 Naboo starfighter. With the destruction of his Razor Crest in  The Mandalorian season 2, Djarin now has a custom-built and modified version of the starfighter first made famous in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. While the Razor Crest was quite the formidable gunship, the Mandalorian's new N-1 is incredibly light and fast, providing Djarin with an impressive replacement in the  Star Wars galaxy going forward.

In the first half of  The Book of Boba Fett episode 5, Din Djarin reunites with those who remain from his clan, The Children of the Watch. Tragically, Paz Vizla and the Armorer are the only survivors after the Imperial attack on the planet Navarro. However, Djarin eventually had no choice but to admit that he had removed his helmet in order to find Grogu. In doing so, the Mandalorian was forced to leave his clan until he can redeem himself. As such, the rest of the episode features Djarin's return to Tatooine, meeting with  Mos Eisley mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris)  who had promised him a replacement for his Razor Crest.

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That being said, Motto doesn't actually have a replacement Razor Crest for the Mandalorian, instead offering the frame of an N-1 Naboo starfighter that needs plenty of work. Not unlike Anakin Skywalker who built his own podracer on Tatooine as a child, Djarin and Motto work together to get the ship repaired, modified, and ready to fly by the end of the new episode. While the Mandalorian has made the classic Star Wars ship his own, the N-1 model has quite the history as seen in past films of the Skywalker saga (and not just in the prequel trilogy with  The Phantom Menace ). Here's what to know about the Mandalorian's new ship.

The Naboo Starfighter In The Phantom Menace Explained

In  The Phantom Menace , the first episode of the Skywalker saga sees the N-1 starfighter being deployed during the battle between the Naboo and the Trade Federation who had created an oppressive blockade. Existing as a special model manufactured specifically for the Queen of Naboo's Royal Security Force, the N-1 starfighter is a single pilot ship built for speed and functionality. Featuring its own hyperdrive engine despite being so small, the N-1 can also house an astromech while sporting impressive blaster cannons and the ability to fire proton torpedoes. During  The Phantom Menace , a fleet of N-1's were dispatched to engage with the blockade which also included young Anakin Skywalker who had unintentionally joined the battle in the starfighter he had been hiding in. However, the gifted pilot and Jedi-t0-be managed to deliver the fateful blow that saved the Naboo, destroying the primary Trade Federation control ship from the inside out.

Nearly 40 years later in the Star Wars timeline, the Mandalorian has customized his own N-1 in  The Book of Boba Fett, making it even faster than average with plenty of modifications. Likewise, Motto also took out the astromech port to seemingly accommodate potential bounties the Mandalorian may need to deliver off-world. The majority of the N-1's classic yellow paint was removed as well, revealing the gray and silver underneath (which makes it much more Djarin's style).

How George Lucas Added An N-1 Starfighter To Return Of The Jedi

While  The Phantom Menace is where the N-1 truly shines apart from Din Djarin's impressive test flight seen in  The Book of Boba Fett episode 5, the Naboo starfighter can also be seen in a handful of moments throughout the  Star Wars timeline. Briefly seen escorting the Senator of Naboo in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones , the N-1's were also added into  Return of the Jedi by creator George Lucas when he re-edited the original trilogy of films in 2004. These special editions of the original  Star Wars trilogy added new CGI elements, characters, and entire scenes to the first three films. As a result, a scene depicting celebrations all over the galaxy after the second Death Star's destruction was created for the sixth episode, and one shot in particular features crowds on Naboo cheering with the N-1's flying overhead. However, thanks to the starfighters being featured in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker's  Final Alliance of ships assembled by Lando Calrissian, the N-1 model has been featured at least once in every  Star Wars trilogy.

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Why The Mandalorian's New Ship Is A Naboo Starfighter

While there's no major tie or significant reasoning for why the Mandalorian's new ship is an N-1, there are plenty of reasons why it's exciting and a good fit for Din Djarin. Not only is it a ship from an older era like  Djarin's Razor Crest (meaning it's easier to stay off the grid), its incredible speed is a strong benefit that makes the Mandalorian's new ship a cut above, especially when he shoots off and escapes two New Republic X-Wings on patrol who have no chance of catching him. Furthermore, it also deepens the connections to the prequel trilogy in this post-original trilogy era, something several  Star Wars fans love to see with new projects. As a prime example beyond the ship being iconic to the prequel films, the N-1 also creates even more similarities between Din Djarin and Anakin Skywalker that have already been established. Not do they both have experience piloting N-1's, but Djarin building his ship on Tatooine piece by piece is extremely evocative of young Anakin building his podracer in  The Phanom Menace as well.

At the end of the day, Din Djarin was always going to get a replacement ship as impressive as the Razor Crest yet unique enough for Disney to sell a whole new wave of toys. Seeing as how it's practically begging to be made into a LEGO after Djarin built the ship himself, the custom N-1 certainly fits the bill. Furthermore, the Mandalorian's new ship strikes a dynamic balance of nostalgia while still being unique with its own style and modifications the Mandalorian has installed. As a result, it's going to be interesting to see if Din Djarin will fly his ship again before the end of  The Book of Boba Fett , or if  Star Wars fans will have to wait until  The Mandalorian   season 3   to see the new Naboo starfighter in action again.

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