From the MoviesThe Gungans of Naboo are a proud warrior species with a generations-long tradition of warfare. They have adapted their unique organic technology to the defense of their underwater homes and their sacred lands. Though the Gungans have not warred amongst each other in ages, they still maintain an immense standing army. The Gungan Grand Army contributed to the cultural tensions between the amphibious species and the human colonists of the planet, the Naboo.
During the Trade Federation invasion of Naboo, the colonists and the Gungans had to put aside their differences to defend their beautiful planet. While the Naboo boarded their starfighters to take out the Trade Federation's orbital forces, the Gungan Grand Army engaged the battle droid army in the open plains.
Gungans employed a variety of muscle-powered weaponry to deliver a specialized payload to their targets. Using the plasmic energy found deep in Naboo's porous crust, the Gungans have crafted a spherical grenade-type weapon they call a "booma," or boomer. These grenades are either thrown by hand, sling, or catapult. When they hit their target, their protective shells burst, releasing the liquid-like plasma and a powerful electric shock.
In addition to their boomers, Gungans also carry spears and lances called electropoles. This polearms can be used as missile weapons, or can be used as contact weapons that deliver an electric jolt.
For defensive purposes, the Gungans have adapted their hydrostatic bubble technology to form hand-held personal shields. These ovoid frames project a defensive screen of shield energy capable of deflecting blaster bolts back at the firer.
From the Expanded UniverseSince the Gungans haven't been involved in war in ages, much of their weaponry is ornamental, or for security purposes. Despite the lack of aggression between the scattered Gungan communities, there still exist dangers in their underwater environs. Occasionally, fearsome sea creatures wander too close to the cities, and members of the Gungan Grand Army are called to deter the beasts.
Behind the ScenesIndustrial Light & Magic created the unusual Gungan energy balls using the Sabre digital compositing system. The same system was used to give the Gungan energy shield its characteristic glow, and illuminate the lightsaber blades of the Jedi.
Keywords: Databank - Episode I
Filed under: Vault, Technology
Lightsaber Graduation on "My Life As Liz"
The only thing missing is a roaring Wookiee at the end.
Star Wars LEGO Taste Test!
Can you identify your toys only with your tongue?
Kid Clone Wars Toy Video Reviews
Meet the next generation of collectors!
Star Wars Collectors Archive Podcast Launches
Tune in to talk C-3PO Underoos!
The Foos Who Follows Him
May the foosball be with you!
Star Wars Roller Derby Night!
Sith on skates!
Ke$ha + Star Wars Music Video Spoof!
Let the Wookiee dance!
The Droid Cake You're Looking For!
Play the message you're carrying inside your crusty innards.
Lightsaber Battle in "The Dork Anthem"
Jon Favreau Tweets His ILM Visit
Iron Man 2 in the Works
A Rebel Mascot for Ole Miss: Who's Better than Ackbar?
Common Sense Media Honors Innovators in Media, Public Policy and Technology
Q&A with SAAM director Elizabeth Broun on Rockwell
From Arts Journal.com
VES Honors Avatar
Video: Star Wars Strikes Anchorage
You, Too, Can Be a Special Effects Wizard
From SF Gate.com
College Campaign for Star Wars Mascot Is Fully Operational
From the N.Y. Times
Beam me up: Cheaper computers and software bring special effects even to amateur movies
From the L.A. Times
'Germ of an idea' for fifth Indiana Jones film
From BBC News
Adidas enlists Jedi master Yoda to fight recession
Duchess of Mandalore Episode Guide
Your complete guide to episode #2.14
Hasbro Toy Fair Round Up
Some of the amazing new wares shown at Toy Fair
The adidas Originals Star Wars Collection for 2010
Now here is a set of images which showcase the collection in all its glory and bring to life the inspirations behind each piece in the range.
LEGO Star Wars III
With Clone Wars action!
New LEGO Sets Coming This Fall
News from New York Toy Fair
LucasArts Loads Up PlayStation Home with Digital Swag
Spruce up your avatar and digital home with these goodies.
New Force Unleashed Goodies for your Xbox Avatar
Dress yourself up in TFU gear
Blog: Lightsaber Battle on My Life as Liz
Spotted on MTV
Voyage of Temptation Episode Guide
Your complete guide to The Clone Wars episode #2.13
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Web Comic
The latest chapter!
George Lucas's Blockbusting Giveaway!
One lucky fan will be a proud owner of a copy autographed by George Lucas!
Stormtrooper Super Shogun Pre-Orders Star Friday
The all-new series of Japanese-inspired Jumbos launches tomorrow!
New Force Unleashed Goodies for Your Xbox Avatar
LucasArts has updated its offering of Xbox Avatar items with some cool new additions from The Force Unleashed
Empire 30th Anniversary Artwork Collection Coming Soon
StarWarsShop will soon launch an all-new series of 12 limited artwork prints based on the saga's first sequel!
Scanimation Brings This Star Wars Book To Life!
Young readers and Star Wars fans of all ages will soon be able to hold the moving images of the saga in their hands thanks to marvel of Scanimation.
Blog: Lightsaber Battle in My Life as Liz
Liz once again shows off her geek cred on MTV.
New LEGO Star Wars Sets Coming This Fall
Previewed at Toy Fair, LEGO's got six fantastic new Star Wars releases coming in August!
Captain EO Now Playing at Disneyland!
The groundbreaking musical sci-fi collaboration between Michael Jackson, Disney, and Lucasfilm -- is now playing at Disneyland for a limited engagement.
Hasbro Toy Fair Round-Up!
We showcase all the Star Wars goodness presented by Hasbro at Toy Fair 2010!
Matt Green: Sith on Ice
Pro hockey player Matt Greene talks Empire Strikes Back and why Darth Vader is welcome to join the Los Angeles Kings.