Tantive IV
Tantive IV
Name Tantive IV
Continuity Star Wars
Model CR70/CR90
Class Corellian corvette
Manufacturer Corellian Engineering Corporation
Crew 46 [1]
Passengers Various
Armament Taim & Bak H9 turbolasers (6)[1]
2 dual turbolasers[1]
4 single turbolasers[1]
Length 125 meters (original); 150 meters (retrofit)
Width 48.6 meters
Complement Class 6 escape pods (8)
First Appearance Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

The Tantive IV is an interstellar space ship featured in the Star Wars franchise. Originally referred to as a Rebel Blockade Runner, it is the very first vehicle seen in the original 1977 film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. An earlier version of the ship was also seen at the end of 2005's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The ship was also featured in the first issue of the Marvel Comics Star Wars comic book series.

History Edit

The Tantive IV was a CR90 Corellian corvette which served as a consular ship during the waning days of the Old Republic. At the close of the Clone Wars, the ship was used to transport Obi-Wan Kenobi and infant Luke Skywalker to the planet Tatooine. It was also used to help Yoda go into hiding on the swampy world of Dagobah. At this time, the ship also brought Bail Organa and his adoptive daughter Leia to his home world of Alderaan. [2]

Eighteen years later, the ship was still being used for diplomatic missions, but was also secretly a vessel for the Alliance to Restore the Republic. In the year 0 BBY, Princess Leia and her Rebel Alliance had intercepted a transmission containing detailed schematics for the Empire's newest super-weapon the Death Star space station. The Empire learned of the transmission and Darth Vader led the mission to retrieve them. The Imperial Star Destroyer Devastator overtook the Tantive IV as it was passing through the Tatoo system. With little time to spare, Leia uploaded the Death Star plans into the memory circuits of the astromech droid R2-D2. R2 and his protocol droid companion C-3PO took an escape pod and jettisoned themselves from the ship towards the planet Tatooine.

Vader meanwhile, captured and interrogated the ship's captain Raymus Antilles. Antilles refused to give up any information relating to the stolen plans and insisted that the ship was on a diplomatic mission. Vader did not believe him as there were no ambassadors aboard the ship and he killed Antilles by choking him then casually throwing his body into a bulkhead.

Though he failed to retrieve the stolen data, Vader and the 501st Legion succeeded in capturing Princess Leia. She was brought aboard his ship, after which, Vader ordered the ship to be scuttled and its crew killed. The Empire issued an official, albeit falsified report that the Tantive IV was destroyed in an asteroid storm. [3]

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Originally known as the Star of Alderaan.
  • Informally referred to as a Rebel Blockade Runner.
  • The visual appearance of the Tantive IV is radically different between A New Hope and Revenge of the Sith. In the timeline of Revenge of the Sith, the Tantive IV is a CR70 corvette. It went through a retrofit and became a CR90 by the time of A New Hope. [4]

See also Edit


The World of Star Wars

Star Wars miscellaneous

External Links Edit

References Edit

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