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"The name fits him perfectly!"
―Kazuda Xiono[src]

R1-J5, commonly known as "Bucket," was an astromech droid owned by Jarek Yeager, the leader of Team Fireball, a racing team headquartered on the Colossus refueling platform.

BiographyEdit

OriginsEdit

R1-J5 served the former New Republic starfighter pilot–turned–mechanic Jarek Yeager for several years.[2][5] During Yeager's racing days, Bucket served as his copilot on his racer. Yeager ended his racing career after his younger brother Marcus Speedstar caused the deaths of Yeager's wife and daughter during a racing accident.[6] By 34 ABY, Bucket was part of Yeager's Team Fireball, a group of mechanics and pilots who operated from Yeager's repair shop on the Colossus platform on the planet Castilon. Bucket's colleagues were the mechanics Tamara Ryvora, a female human pilot, and the Nikto Neeku Vozo.[1]

Enter Kazuda XionoEdit

In 34 ABY, the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron convinced Yeager, his old friend, to take the Resistance spy Kazuda Xiono as his mechanic. Xiono had been tasked with finding out who on the Colossus platform was helping the First Order to build their military. Xiono was also accompanied by the BB astromech droid BB-8, who had been sent by Dameron to keep an eye on Xiono. After Xiono accidentally volunteered to compete in a race against Ace Squadron pilot Torra Doza, Yeager summoned Bucket when the crew began work on refurbishing the aging racer Fireball for the race. Taking a dislike to the newcomer, Bucket slammed into Xiono, prompting the latter to call him a "bucket of bolts." When Doza came to visit her competitor, she patted Bucket.[1]

While Xiono continued working undercover as a mechanic, the spy's lack of experience as a mechanic rankled both Bucket and Ryvora. On one occasion, Xiono accidentally pressed a dashboard, causing everyone to hear a loud, screeching sound. During the pirate Kragan Gorr's raid on the Colossus, Bucket and the other members of Team Fireball with the exception of Xiono took shelter. They returned after Xiono managed to jam the pirates' communications, forcing them to retreat.[7]

Rucklin's heistEdit

Bucket was later present when Xiono unsuccessfully demonstrated an engine he had been working on. When Yeager scolded Xiono for the slow progress of his repair work, Bucket and Ryvora giggled that Xiono was in trouble. Bucket also tried to obstruct Xiono's path, prompting the pilot to grumble that the droid was now on his case. When Xiono and the local racer Jace Rucklin sneaked into Yeager's private hangar to view Yeager's racer, they hid from Bucket, who had entered the room to retrieve a macro-fuser. Unable to find the macro-fuser, Yeager decided to order a new one.[5]

While inside, Rucklin took the opportunity to steal a canister of hyperfuel for his own racer. Bucket later discovered that the hyperfuel canister was missing and alerted the other Fireballs that the volatile fuel was missing. Xiono realized that Rucklin had stolen the fuel and managed to save Rucklin at the cost of destroying his racer.[5] Later, during a power outage, Xiono tripped over Bucket, who grumbled in Binary.[8]

The "salvaging run"Edit

Under Yeager's direction, Bucket used his alarm to wake Xiono up at dawn for a "salvaging mission." This "mission" turned out to be a training exercise that Dameron had organized for Xiono to fly his T-70 X-wing starfighter and to take a break from his undercover work. As a result, Xiono and Dameron responded to a pirate raid on a Darius G-class freighter in Sector Six.[9]

The second pirate raidEdit

While the other members of Team Fireball were fixing the Colossus' defensive tracking computer, Bucket wheeled past them in Yeager's repair shop. During the second pirate attack on the Colossus, Bucket and Vozo hid in the supply closet and managed to avoid arousing the Warbird gang's attention by remaining silent. Following the battle, Vozo recounted his and Bucket's exploits to a weary Yeager.[10]

Yeager and the Platform ClassicEdit

Prior to the Platform Classic, Bucket got into an argument with BB-8. When Yeager decided to race against his estranged younger brother, Bucket served as Yeager's copilot and sat in the astromech socket of Yeager's racer. As a team, the two acquitted themselves well and took the lead in the race with Speedstar coming second place. Following a prolonged confrontation, Yeager decided to forgive Speedstar for causing the deaths of his wife and daughter and to allow Speedstar to win so that Speedstar could save his Nikto mechanic Oplock, who had been taken hostage by the Guavian Death Gang. By winning the race, Speedstar was able to pay his 20,000-credit debt to the Guavians and free his friend.[6]

Mission to Station Theta BlackEdit

After Kaz borrowed the Fireball for a mission with Poe Dameron to Station Theta Black, Bucket entered Yeager's office and asked him about lending the Fireball to Kaz. Yeager claimed that he did not have much of a choice and that Tam would find out soon. Tam was upset that Yeager had allowed Kaz to borrow her ship and revealed that she had not finished installing a new stabilizer. Fortunately, Kaz was picked up by Poe and the two embarked on their mission to Station Theta Black.[11]

A game of dartsEdit

Later, Bucket was present at Aunt Z's Tavern along with Kaz, Neeku, BB-8, Torra, Bolza Grool, and Al for a game of holodarts. Bucket was not impressed with Kaz's three shots which all missed the bull's eye. Bucket took off his helmet and collected Kaz's darts from the floor. To the surprise of Torra, Bucket volunteered for a round. To the surprise of everyone, Bucket's first two shots hit the bull's eye. However, his third holodart ricocheted off several objects before striking Kaz in the backside. An enraged Kaz chased Bucket.[12]

The missing helmetEdit

On one occasion, Bucket lost his helmet. While searching Yeager's repairs, he asked Kaz, who responded that he did not know where Bucket's helmet was. When Bucket remarked that he felt naked without his helmet, Kaz suggested retracing his steps through the Colossus. In the Colossus marketplace, several droids laughed at Bucket for losing his helmet.[13]

Visiting the Office of Acquisitions, Orka and Flix offered to sell Bucket a new helmet, which he accepted. When Bucket returned to Yeager's repairs, he found BB-8 sporting his missing helmet. Bucket was angry and slammed into BB-8, causing the helmet to fly off BB-8 and hit Kaz in the leg. Kaz told Bucket that he had found his helmet but Bucket hit Kaz in the leg.[13]

CharacteristicsEdit

R1-J5 was an astromech droid with masculine programming.[1] Though noted for his peculiar personality, a consequence of the droid's outmoded and defective programming, Bucket was a reliable mechanic and a loyal servant to his master.[2] As an astromech droid, Bucket also spoke in Binary.[1]

Bucket took a dislike to the newcomer Kazuda Xiono, slamming into him on several occasions.[1][13] On another occasion, Bucket took delight in waking Kaz with his alarm.[9] Bucket was also hostile to the newer astromech droid BB-8 and expressed jealousy when BB-8 borrowed his helmet.[13]

EquipmentEdit

Bucket was equipped with an alarm which he could use to wake others.[9] Bucket also wore a helmet which he was deeply attached too. He felt naked without it and took offense when BB-8 borrowed it.[13]

Behind the scenesEdit

R1-J5 is a character created and developed for Star Wars Resistance. Similar to Chopper in all Star Wars Rebels episodes before the series finale, Bucket is credited as being voiced by "himself."

AppearancesEdit

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