5D6-RA-7 was an RA-7 protocol droid manufactured by Arakyd Industries who served as a spy for the Imperial Security Bureau and Imperial Intelligence. Investigating Imperial officers whose loyalty was in question, the protocol droid served as a staff aide to the Galactic Empire's Admiral Conan Antonio Motti by 0 BBY. In that year, 5D6-RA-7 was present aboard the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station prior to the Battle of Yavin. During the battle itself, the droid was destroyed when the Alliance to Restore the Republic destroyed the station over the Yavin system.
Manufactured by Arakyd Industries, 5D6-RA-7 was an RA-7 protocol droid with masculine programming. By 0 BBY, the protocol droid served in the Galactic Empire's Imperial Security Bureau as a spy who secretly investigated Imperial officers whose loyalty was in question, and reported on the officers to the Bureau. He was also a spy for Imperial Intelligence.
By 0 BBY, 5D6-RA-7 served as an aide to the staff of Imperial Admiral Conan Antonio Motti. Both 5D6-RA-7 and Motti were aboard the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station in that year. During an infiltration by eventual Alliance to Restore the Republic members Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, the droid walked through one of the station's corridors and unknowingly passed by the pair—disguised as stormtroopers TK-421 and TK-422 with Solo's ally Chewbacca as an apparent prisoner—as the infiltrators were waiting for a turbolift.
Skywalker, Solo, and Chewbacca eventually rescued one of the Empire's prisoners, the Alliance's Princess Leia Organa, and escaped the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station with Organa. Not too long after, the Battle of Yavin occurred, with the Alliance's starfighters attacking and destroying the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station over the Yavin system. 5D6-RA-7 was destroyed while Motti was also killed during the station's destruction.
Behind the scenes
5D6-RA-7 first appeared in the 1977 original trilogy film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. His scene was filmed from May 5-May 10, 1976 at Stage 9 of Elstree Studios. In 1995, the droid's name was coined by the A New Hope Limited set of the Decipher, Inc. Star Wars Customizable Card Game, although the image used for the droid is not an image from the A New Hope film. However, the A New Hope film's droid was confirmed to indeed be 5D6-RA-7 in the CD-ROM Star Wars: Behind the Magic, released September 1, 1998.
Inconsistencies lie with 5D6-RA-7's name. The June 30, 1998 Star Wars Encyclopedia, along with an October 2008 Star Wars: The Legacy Collection Build A Droid figure by Hasbro Inc., and the December 9, 2008 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, would identify the droid as 5D6-RA7. Stephen J. Sansweet's 1999 reference book Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive would call him 5DK-RA-7. Additionally, the 5D6-RA-7 action figure released by Star Wars: The Legacy Collection depicted the droid with gold sensors instead of silver. This article treats all of the contradictions as errors, and treats 5D6-RA-7 as the in-universe name for the droid.
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars (Mighty Chronicles)
- Star Wars Manga: A New Hope 3
Notes and references
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 92 (DEA1, RA-7 Death Star Droid) says all RA-7 protocol droids were manufactured by Arakyd Industries.
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: 5D6-RA-7) (backup link)
- Jedi Knights Trading Card Game – Masters of the Force (Card: 5D6-RA-7 • Staff Aide) (backup link)
- The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 250 ("5D6-RA7")
- Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive