• Aug 30, 2008

Click above for more photos of Daniel Deutsch's Landspeeder

Daniel Deutsch has been building robots and other such coolness for the entertainment industry for over 20 years, and we want what's in his garage. Deutsch, in addition to building R2-D2s, has a full-scale functional replica of Luke Skywalker's XP-34 landspeeder. Instead of a repulsorlift, this speeder is powered by an electric drive system that gives him a 25 mph top speed "several miles" of range off a single charge.
We assume that's enough for him to go out and retrieve Artoo when he wanders away from the homestead. (Deutsch really should slap a restraining bolt on the little guy.) And as for his speeder? Never mind the GEM, that is the ultimate NEV. On the downside, ever since the XP-38 came out, the resale value on these things sucks.

[Source: Daniel Deutsch via AutoFiends]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i think the real thing is a VW. i know it's a three wheeler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No pics showing the undercarriage. No pics showing the interior, lighting seems a bit off.

      It just looks to rendered to be real.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For the ones that don't think it's real follow the link to the guys website. There's pics of it being built & the inside. Everyone's always soo quick to just write something off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He'll need some bondo and a new paintjob if he ever plans on selling that thing for a profit...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "On the downside, ever since the XP-38 came out, the resale value on these things sucks."

      You're right, there just isn't a market for the 34's anymore...
      • 6 Years Ago
      People are so defensive. Nobody said it wasn't real, but everyone who has questioned it says the photos look off. Like he put a picture of it over another picture. We know it's not that challenging to wrap a speeder replica around a power wheels toy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. The non-believing here is amazing. It's real.

      How about this photo:
      http://web.mac.com/danieldeutsch/landspeeder/Landspeeder_files/Media/DSC06024.jpg?derivative=web

      Believe me, the reason the other photos look "odd" is simply because the guy used a camera flash when the thing was outside in the sunlight. That's why the surfaces lighting looks a bit peculiar. Take a look at these shots:

      http://web.mac.com/danieldeutsch/landspeeder/Landspeeder_files/Media/DSC06620.jpg?derivative=web
      See how there is a darker 2nd shadow just under the whole craft? it's pretty thin, but you can see it most clearly under the closest side engine. That's from the camera flash. The flash from the camera is also why the shadow from the sun isn't as dark as it is under the Dodge Ram.

      http://web.mac.com/danieldeutsch/landspeeder/Landspeeder_files/Media/DSC06612.jpg?derivative=web
      In this shot, again you can see a dark shadow from the camera flash under the nose of the vehicle. The nose surface is also brightest on the curved part directly facing the camera flash. Then look at the faint shadow on the concrete from the engine on the left side of this photograph.

      There are 2 shadows from 2 light sources: sunlight and the camera.

      To all the doubters with a digital camera, I recommend you take any matte-painted object out into the sunlight and take a picture with the camera flash on. You will get the same "odd" lighting effect.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks stupid, chicks will literally run from you, it goes 25 mph for a couple miles. Fail, fail, fail. Only people who think it is cool just logged off of World Of Warcraft for 5 minutes to type sentences they have seen others type, all the while not knowing what its all about, for example "Wow that is so full of win". Oh well, at least he spared us from roflcopter or zomg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        your name is Majorgeek and you don't think the opportunity to buy a working star wars prop is cool? I don't think anyone would seriously be going out trying to pick up chicks in this.

        Then again I've seen some pretty hot "nerds" in princess leia metal bikinis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're just jealous that you can't buy it.

        fail.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nice try but not all Chicks are stupid. He is hot. He has a totally different car and R2-D2. If we were both single...

        On a different note that has to be such a cool house to grow up in. Imagine the Halloween costumes.

        As for the faked part considering the amount of photo's he has of the whole building process I would say the thing exists. It would be nice to see the undercarriage but maybe he doesn't want to spoil the illusion. That is his job after all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        OMGWTFBBQFTW!!!11111!11one
      • 6 Years Ago
      imagine taking that thing to the club, man you'll get all the chicks. lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      where's the slot for the quarter?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL and LOL

        If they throw a hover system on the bottom, it would be insane at beaches and giiirls :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Perfect ride for you to pick up Star Wars' nerd girls.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hope it comes with some spare power converters...
      • 6 Years Ago
      it would be cool if the engine pods were little wind generators
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