The LR-57 combat droid, also known as the Retail Caucus droid, retail droid, or mine droid, was a model of battle droid used by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Primarily used as sentinels, these droids were bipedal and possessed two upper limbs terminating in two blaster cannons, four in all. They could be left dormant for long periods of time while their sensitive dorsal antennae searched for specific types of signals, activity, or other disturbances, enabling the droids to be used as autonomous mines.
During the Battle of Christophsis, orange-colored retail droids were used as guards of the energy shield projector. When Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano inadvertently stumbled into a droid minefield on their approach to disable the generator, several of the droids broke through the ground where they had been waiting and met them in defense. While they outnumbered the two Jedi, their sluggish reactions made them easy prey; half of them were destroyed by Skywalker, the rest were crushed by Ahsoka pulling down a wall on top of them.
Later in the Clone Wars, a number of these droids were present during the Battle of Malastare. All of the battle droids, including the retail droids, were either destroyed or deactivated when the electro-proton bomb was deployed. Sometime during the course of the war, retail droids were also deployed during the Battle of Tirahnn.
Behind the scenes
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars junior novelization (First identified as retail droid)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- The Clone Wars: The New Padawan (First pictured) (First identified as mine droid)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"
- "Dug Out"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.19
- "Outgunned"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.20
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
- Star Wars PocketModel TCG – Clone Wars Tactics (Card: Retail droid)
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide (First identified as LR-57 combat droid)
- Jedi Academy Training Manual (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Visual Guide Ultimate Battles
- Galaxy at War
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
- (First identified as Retail Caucus droid)