EG-9 was an ancient, cobbled-together labor droid who was a mainstay of Mos Espa spaceport on the planet Tatooine. It was repairing a moisture vaporator shortly before the Boonta Eve Classic podrace in the year 32 BBY.

Biography[edit | edit source]

A mainstay of Mos Espa spaceport on the desert planet Tatooine,[1] EG-9 was working on a moisture vaporator shortly before the annual Boonta Eve Classic podrace[3] of the year 32 BBY.[4]

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EG-9 was an ancient labor droid cobbled together from at least three different models of droids, including a salvaged Temirca droid head with a broken antenna, a Montoro serving drone body, repair worker arms, and wheels scavenged from a Verpine G9 droid. It was given an orange paint job with silver highlights for maximum visibility, and had gray photoreceptors. EG-9 had a broken antenna attached to the left side of its head.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

EG-9 concept art

EG-9 was originally created for the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. However, its short,[5] humorous scene, while scripted[6] and included in early cuts,[5] was left out of the final version of the film.[6]

The Star Wars Legends reference book Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary, written by David West Reynolds[7] and released on May 26, 1999,[8] used an image of EG-9 to depict an unidentified droid,[7] which later appeared, unnamed, in Podracing Tales, an online comic published on StarWars.com on December 19, 2000.[3] This droid was only explicitly identified as EG-9 in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary, a revised edition of Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary written by Jason Fry[1] and released on January 16, 2012,[9] making the character canon within the Legends continuity.[1]

EG-9's likeness was again recycled as the Trade Federation MED-47 medical droid featured in the 2001 video game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.[10]

Deleted scene[edit | edit source]

"They must be important if the Viceroy sent one of those useless protocol gearheads to greet them."
"A Republic cruiser! That's trouble…don't you think?"
"I'm not made to think."
―PK-4 and EG-9, in a scene deleted from The Phantom Menace[src]

PK-4 and EG-9, in a storyboard of a deleted scene from The Phantom Menace

EG-9's deleted scene from The Phantom Menace was included in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Illustrated Screenplay,[11] released on May 3, 1999,[12] which also featured a storyboard of the scene from the Lucasfilm Archives.[11] An animatic of the scene, dubbed "Trash Talking Droids," was later included in the 2011 Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray set,[13]

The scene features EG-9 stationed aboard[11] the Trade Federation flagship Saak'ak. When the Republic cruiser Radiant VII[1] arrives carrying Jedi ambassadors Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi shortly before the Invasion of Naboo, EG-9 and fellow worker droid PK-4 watch the docking bay from a nearby hallway. PK-4 assumes the Jedi are important when Viceroy Nute Gunray sends TC-14,[11] whom the droids[6] consider a "useless protocol gearhead," to greet them. When EG-9 notices the Jedi's ship belongs to the Galactic Republic, he asks if PK-4 thinks it could mean trouble, to which the other droid responds that he is not made to think.[11]

With regards to Star Wars Legends, Lucasfilm considered the deleted scenes of the prequel trilogy films to be canon, unless they conflicted with story details from the films themselves.[14] EG-9's deleted scene shows the droid to be part of the Trade Federation,[11] which The Phantom Menace establishes has no presence on Tatooine,[15] while The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary states that EG-9 is a "mainstay" of that desert planet.[1] Given these conflicting elements, this article treats EG-9's deleted scene as non-canon.

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