Tyne's Horky (adopted)
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Kleb Zellock was a crime lord and a part-time bounty hunter that lived on the mining world known as Tyne's Horky. He claimed ownership to numerous local businesses, including the popular dining establishment, Doodnik's Café. Kleb also operated the largest keschel-ore mine on the entire planet.
Several years before the Battle of Yavin, Kleb met with a Tammuz-an alien named Sollag at Doodnik's Café. Sollag wanted to hire Kleb to find a lost member of the Tammuz-an royal family named Mon Julpa. He offered the bounty hunter 40,000 keshels if he could locate Julpa before the other bounty hunter, IG-88, had a chance to find him. Kleb accepted the offer and sent his assistant bounty hunter, Yorpo into the streets to begin investigating.
Yorpa eventually discovered Mon Julpa masquerading as an android at a local auction block. After several misadventures with Julpa’s new friends Jann Tosh, C-3PO and R2-D2, they finally managed to capture him. Julpa and the others were sent to work in Kleb’s keschel mines.
During this time, Yorpa discovered that the mines were rich with a raw element known as Nergon-14. Recognizing the elements use in the construction of proton torpedoes, Kleb decided to smuggle sell his stock of Nergon to the Galactic Empire.
Jann Tosh and the others continued working in the mines. They discovered pockets of flammable gas that could possibly cause the Nergon 14 to explode. They escaped from slavery and managed to corner Kleb Zellock in his office. Kleb prepared to escape from the mines before the Nergon had a chance to explode. Gathering as much money as he could carry, he decided to leave Yorpa behind and board his own custom sport skiff to escape. Thanks to a dysfunctional leg, C-3PO managed to kick Kleb Zellock's mini-stunner in Yorpo Mog's hands and he, angered at his boss' betrayal, shot Kleb, knocking him out. After which, they and their friends escaped the mines just before the Nergon exploded, dumping all of Kleb's money along the way and promptly turned him into the nearest security station.
Like many gangsters, Kleb was a greedy and ruthless individual. He was willing to enter into almost any financial engagement so long as there was a promise of great profit involved. This included the arena of bounty hunting as well. Kleb’s only true allegiance was to Kleb himself, and it was common for him to betray his own servants, as well as clients, so long as it suited his purpose. active between the years of 10 BBY and 5 BBY. Kleb had the ability to emit a shrill, ear-piercing siren wail that caused great pain to those within close proximity, this talent was caused by equipment that appears to be attached to his oxygen tank.
An action figure of Kleb Zellock was produced in 1985 as part of Kenner's Star Wars: Droids line. These action figures were size-compatible with the other Kenner Star Wars action figures, but design-wise, they represented a completely different toy line. Unfortunately, Kleb’s action figure was one of several from both the Droids and Ewoks series that was never released.