- "I have an idea that could increase the lifting capacity of the B1 labor droid by as much as 25%. If you can locate a source for this material I need so that I can make the new alloy, I can reward you handsomely."
- ―A prospective innovator, to a spacer
Its programming was similar to its larger brethren, which equated to a simplistic, literal mindset which was nonetheless appropriate to the drudgery of heavy manual labor, which required little more than great strength. B1's would take orders from anyone. Its cargo claws were designed with suction pads for added grip, and its reverse articulated legs were aided by a third retracting leg which was used for added stability during lifting of bulky loads.
During the period just prior to the Clone Wars, AccuTronics fielded a nuna-ball team composed of B1s. This team was defeated by a Serv-O-Droid team featuring RIC-series droids, which were quicker and more agile than the strong but lumbering cargo droids.
Behind the scenes
The cost is listed as 9,800 credits (new) and 6,400 credits (used) in The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, Second Edition and Platt's Smugglers Guide, but the Arms & Equipment Guide states a price of 800 credits.
- Super Star Wars (as Imperial defense droid)
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (Mentioned only) (as B1 labor droid)
- Operation: Elrood
- "Special Ops: Drop Points"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 14 (as B-1 labor droid)
- The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook (As "B1 Worker Droid" and "B1-series Worker Droid")
- Death Star Technical Companion (Picture only)
- Death Star Technical Companion, Second Edition
- The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, Second Edition
- "Toria Tell's Droid Journal"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 10 (as B-1 Worker Droid)
- "Wanted by Cracken"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 10 (As "B-1 worker droid")
- Lords of the Expanse
- Platt's Smugglers Guide
- The Far Orbit Project
- Arms & Equipment Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia