- "And what's this, a Mark II reactor drone? Haven't used these clunkers in twenty years!"
- ―Owen Lars mistakes R1-G4 for a Mark II reactor drone
A model of utility droid, the Mark II reactor drone was built and programmed for menial labor in the engine rooms of large starships. Featuring a tall, black body shell, its heavily shielded outer casing protected its sensitive internal circuitry from harsh external conditions, including the most intensive radiation. However, it also gave the droid a lumbering, cumbersome appearance. The Mark II reactor drone was equipped with a magfield sensor ball.
A successful series manufactured by Industrial Automaton, the Mark II reactor drone's body shell was reused for their R1-series astromech droid, also known as the R1 reactor drone, when legal hassles prevented the company from directly transforming their P2-series astromech droid into a consumer product. As a result, R1 units were commonly mistaken for Mark II reactor drones.
Beyond repair, a Mark II reactor drone was cannibalized for its magfield sensor ball by Jawa scavengers on the planet Tatooine. In the year 0 BBY, Owen Lars mistook R1-G4 for a Mark II reactor drone, having discontinued their use on his moisture farm twenty years prior.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Star Wars radio dramatization (First mentioned)
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
- Star Wars: The National Public Radio Dramatization
- "The History of R-Series Astromech Droids"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 7
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: R1-G4)
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary
- The Essential Guide to Droids
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 21 (AST2, P2 and R1 Astromech Droids)
- Arms & Equipment Guide
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The New Essential Guide to Droids
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded
- ↑ According to The New Essential Guide to Droids, utility droids are classified as second-degree droids.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II ("magfield sensor ball")
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "The History of R-Series Astromech Droids"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 7
- ↑ Star Wars Encyclopedia
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Droids
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III ("R series astromech droids")
- ↑ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope junior novelization
- ↑ The Essential Reader's Companion
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Star Wars radio dramatization