LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is, obviously, a massive game. With over 300 playable characters, it seems as though you can take control of almost everyone from the main nine Star Wars films, but things aren’t always as they appear. Certain Glup Shittos (the affectionate term for denizens of the “galaxy far, far away” that are adored by fans despite being unimportant) are absent from Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga‘s otherwise hefty roster. Here are some of the characters from the Skywalker Saga movies (I’m not including Cad Bane, Grand Admiral Thrawn, or any other beloved blue boys from additional Star Wars material) that didn’t make it into Lego game form.
While better-known for his appearances in the Dark Horse Star Wars comics and The Clone Wars, Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos made a brief film cameo in Mos Espa in The Phantom Menace. As Mos Espa is one of the explorable worlds in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’s expansive open world, it would’ve been fun if Vos was a mission giver in the area who gave you tasks related to his undercover work. His omission (along with several other Jedi not in the game) is especially odd because TT Games could’ve just reused the same animations they use for the other Jedi. Also, it feels like Vos may become a more important character in Star Wars media going forward, with the recent Obi-Wan Kenobi series confirming something hinted at in the comics: Vos has survived Order 66.
The game includes a lot of playable obscure podracers from The Phantom Menace, like Ody Mandrell, Gasgano, Mawhonic, and Ratts Tyrell. It also includes some jokey meme characters like Willrow Hood and a shirtless variant of Kylo Ren. However, jokey meme podracer Ben Quadinaros is inexplicably absent from the game. This one personally hit me pretty hard, as when the complete roster list was first posted online, he was the first character I checked for. To say Ben Quadinaros is missed is an understatement.
Yes, there probably aren’t many children (or even adults) begging to play as Palpatine’s predecessor, Chancellor Valorum, but it’s odd that he appears prominently in one of the game’s cutscenes and just… isn’t on the character roster at all.
Orn Free Taa
This jolly Twi’lek senator is another politician from the Prequels’ Senate scenes that was snubbed by LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. While he’s never been a playable character in previous entries of the franchise, he actually has popped up in it before. Specifically, Orn Free Taa appears in cut-scenes in 2011’s LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.
Besides Yoda and Yaddle, Even Piell is the other pint-sized Jedi Council member with big ears. Despite (or possibly because of) her obscure status, Yaddle made it onto LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’s list of playable characters, but Even Piell didn’t. You’d think that his memorable and heroic sacrifice in Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be enough to earn him a spot, but alas, he’s completely missing from the game.
The most likely explanation I can think of as to why TT Games didn’t include Elan Sleazebaggano is that they didn’t think a drug dealer who pushes death sticks in the Coruscant underworld is very appropriate for a children’s game, which I guess is fair. Still, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga takes quite a few liberties in adapting its source material to ensure it’s slightly more family-friendly (the “Guavian Death Gang” is curiously renamed the “Guavian Security Squad”), so it could’ve been possible to have Elan in the game trying to sell Obi-Wan black market candy or something. Regardless, the Uscru District just doesn’t feel the same without this guy in it.
FLO (also known as “WA-7” and “Wanda”) is at the center of a notable mission in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, where she’s broken and you need to wait tables in her place as Obi-Wan. However, once you’re done with the mission, she makes a fleeting appearance in the following cutscene, and then for the rest of the game you can find her broken down in the kitchen of Dexter Jetster’s Diner. Unfortunately, you can’t play as FLO, which was also the case way back in the original LEGO Star Wars from 2005. In the first game, she was an NPC that zipped around the Dexter’s Diner hub. Over fifteen years have gone by since then, and whaddya know? FLO is still trapped inside of that restaurant.
This one had me wondering if I was going crazy, because multiple sources online include Taun We in their list of characters that are playable in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. However, after searching through my 100% complete save file for the game, I can confirm that Taun We is not playable. In fact, she doesn’t even seem to be in the cutscenes. This is a bit of a let down considering she’s been a part of the LEGO Star Wars games since the very beginning. While Taun We was only an NPC in the original LEGO Star Wars, she was one of the many new playable characters added in the compilation of the first two games, 2007’s LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Unfortunately, it seems that in the making of this bigger, bolder game, poor Taun We was forgotten at some point.
Like Chancellor Valorum and several other characters on this list, Cliegg Lars appears in a cutscene in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, but you can’t play as him. Perhaps he was left out because the game designers couldn’t find the right way to incorporate his hoverchair, but it would’ve been easy enough to treat him the way they do large characters (like the Wampa and Grummgar) by making him unable to interact with platforming obstacles or vehicles.
There are quite a few members of the Sepratist Council who aren’t in the game, as it has been reduced to just Nute Gunray, Rune Haako, and Poggle the Lesser. However, the member most people seem to ask about is Wat Tambor, Foreman of the Techno Union. He has all the makings of a beloved Glup Shitto: an iconic design, minimal lines in the films, and memes as far as the eye can see. While Wat Tambor didn’t make it into LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, he was a playable character back in LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. God, I miss him. I miss him so much.
When Mace Windu arrives at Palpatine’s office to arrest him in the game, he is only accompanied by Kit Fisto, as Agen Kolar and Saesee Tiin are absent for some reason. Saesee Tiin’s omission feels particularly weird because he made his first and last appearance in the series as part of the “Jedi Character Pack” DLC for the previous game, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But if Saesee Tiin is on this list, then why isn’t Agen Kolar? While it would’ve been neat to have him on the roster as well, I have to draw the line somewhere, otherwise this list would mostly be made up of minor Jedi from the Prequels, and it would become very repetitive. So yes, I didn’t forget about Eeth Koth, Adi Gallia, Stass Allie, Depa Billaba, Oppo Rancisis, Coleman Trebor, Coleman Kcaj, Sors Bandeam, or Zett Jukassa.
If Mas Amedda is Chancellor Palpatine’s right-hand man, then Sly Moore is his left-hand woman. The pale Umbaran not only isn’t playable in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, but she also doesn’t appear in any cutscenes. However, during a mission on Passana, a festival goer pulls out a picture of the Senate, which includes Sly Moore. That was the moment where I went: “Hey, there are a fair amount of characters that aren’t playable in this game. Someone should make a listicle about them or something.”
When it comes to clone troopers, there are quite a few options available in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. That is, in terms of basic trooper types. When it comes to individual clones, the game doesn’t really offer anything beyond Commander Cody, as a lot of clones from Revenge of the Sith’s Order 66 montage aren’t present. Commander Bacara, Commander Neyo, and Commander Gree are all unplayable, but what really grinds my gears the most is how you can’t play as Commander Bly. In fact, the entire Felucia segment of Order 66 is gone, though a hologram of Palpatine mentions it in the “Droid Attack on the Wookiees” level. Bly, like others on this list, was introduced (and playable) in LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, although that version of the character wore his Phase I clone armor rather than the Phase II armor he wears in the film.
Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru
Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s status as Glup Shittos is… debatable, considering you don’t need a reference book or Wookieepedia to know who they are. Their presence (and death) in Episode IV: A New Hope is a pretty big part of the movie, which makes it particularly baffling that you can’t play as them in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Younger versions of the couple pop up in a cutscene alongside Cliegg Lars, and an older version of Uncle Owen is seen during the Jawa droid sale, but neither young nor old Owen and Beru are on the roster. One might think that they were left out because very few people would want to play as parental figures with no flashy attacks or abilities, but… Shmi Skywalker is a playable character. Freakin’ Mama the Hutt, who only appeared in a single episode of The Clone Wars, is a playable character. But somehow, the man and woman who raised Luke Skywalker didn’t make the cut.
In the followup to the original LEGO Star Wars, 2006’s LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, a new hub took the place of Dexter’s Diner: The Mos Eisley Cantina. The role that Dexter played selling characters, extras, and tips was given to the Cantina’s bartender, Wuher, infamous for declaring “We don’t serve their kind here” upon seeing R2-D2 and C–3PO enter his bar in Episode IV: A New Hope. Wuher once again served as an NPC behind the counter when the cantina hub returned in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. While LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga finally made right on allowing Dexter Jetster to be a playable character, the robophobic bartender was left behind.
Garindan (The Imperial Spy)
The Imperial Spy definitely feels like a character who became many people’s Glup Shitto through his appearance in LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Not only was he a playable character, but he also had a boss fight that made him feel more important than he actually was in Episode IV: A New Hope. And yet, the game series that built Garindan up as a fan-favorite minor character tragically failed to come back for him.
Another character that first appeared in (but wasn’t playable in) LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is General Dodonna. The Rebel Alliance leader only appeared in the throne room ceremony cutscene back then, and in the latest game he’s in the throne room ceremony cutscene and a cutscene aboard the Home One. Maybe that’s some kind of progress, but it still doesn’t excuse how you can’t play as him.
Max Rebo and Sy Snootles are both playable characters in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect that another key member of the Max Rebo band, Joh Yowza (full name “J’ywz’gnk Kchhllbrxcstk Et’nrmdndlcvtbrx” in the Legends continuity), would also be playable. However, he isn’t. This fuzzy little bitch from the Special Edition of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi used to horrify me as a child. As he shot strands of saliva out of his mouth while belting the hit jizz* song “Jedi Rocks”, I stared down the abyss that was his ILM-rendered throat, and that abyss stared back. That scene broke something inside of me, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repair it. Though watching that waking nightmare unfold left deep scars in my mind, I think I ultimately emerged a stronger person because of it. Joh Yowza should’ve been in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga so that a new generation could feel the pain I felt, and ultimately receive the gift I received. I was forced to wield together the fragments of my shattered sanity with the white hot fury I held towards Joh Yowza for what he did to me, and I think that’s a trial everyone should undergo. Also, it would’ve been neat if Joh Yowza gave out side missions on his home world, the forest moon of Endor.
* “Jizz” is a genre of music in the universe of Star Wars.
Like General Dodonna, General Madine is another high-ranking member of the Rebel Alliance only seen in the game’s cutscenes. His fleeting appearance in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is at least something, as LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga skip over the scenes he’s in completely, going directly from Tatooine to Endor.
Lor San Tekka
Lor San Tekka was a bit of a big deal in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as he even had an original level that explored how he got part of the map to Luke Skywalker before the events of Episode VII (because the game was built around a single movie, they had to include several “before the film” levels like this). However, in the latest game… Lor San Tekka is only in a cutscene for a few seconds. TT Games, why would you show me this man if I can’t have him?
Constable Zuvio is the King of the Glup Shittos. After appearing in various pieces of merchandise and promotional material for The Force Awakens, he only appeared in less than ten frames of the actual movie, which only sort of fueled his infamy. He was a playable character in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it was a real let down that this mysterious lawman didn’t make the cut for the newest game.
Quiggold was the first mate of Sidon Ithano, the “Crimson Corsair”. This space pirate tends to go wherever his captain does, but not into LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, it seems. He’s just another character to not make the transition from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the latest game. If I had a nickel for every time a one-legged Glup Shitto was omitted from LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, I’d have two nickels. Which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it happened twice. Right?
Rose Tico’s sister appears in one of the game’s cutscenes, which put a comical “LEGO games twist” on her heroic sacrifice in The Last Jedi. However, Paige Tico isn’t among the numerous Resistance pilots that you can play as, despite the fact that she wouldn’t really require any new animations or anything. It’s a shame she died just to be disrespected like this.
Ochi of Bestoon
In LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, you pilot Ochi’s ship, the Bestoon Legacy, and a miniature version of it as well. You can watch Ochi appear in cutscenes and listen to the main characters discuss his importance to the plot of The Rise of Skywalker. But if you want to play as Ochi of Bestoon, you’re out of luck. He’s not the most important character on this list, or even the most beloved, but with how much attention the game devotes to him, he feels like the most puzzling omission.
At the end of the day, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an excellent game. However, the more you take in how vast and intricate it is, the more you find yourself asking for it to be even bigger and more detailed. The inclusion of a character customizer might have helped with this a little, but this is the first liscensed LEGO game since the original LEGO Star Wars not to have one. Also, the game’s DLC feels very bare-bones compared to previous entries. It seemed like a given that the game would have a Clone Wars character pack, and yet there never was one. As I jokingly demand that TT Games include some of the most obscure Star Wars characters possible, I can’t help but genuinely feel that every additional character they could’ve included would’ve made the game feel just a tiny bit more complete.