During the invasion of the planet Naboo by the Trade Federation, it served as the personal astromech unit of Ric Olié, who considered his astromech a good luck charm. Olié was a pilot who served in the Bravo Flight group of the Naboo Royal Space Fighter Corps, a wing of the Royal Naboo Security Forces whose job it was to protect the Monarch of Naboo. While he left Naboo to accompany Queen Padmé Amidala to the galactic capital Coruscant, R2-A6 remained behind in the Theed Royal Palace's hangar docked into an N-1 starfighter. When Olié returned as part of an effort to liberate Naboo, he boarded the starfighter carrying R2-A6 and launched out of the palace, joining his squadmates in attacking the Lucrehulk-class Battleship Vuutun Palaa. The battleship was eventually destroyed by the young pilot Anakin Skywalker, and the Trade Federation was successfully driven off Naboo.
Behind the scenes
- «Howdy! If you like your lungs… and your life… I wouldn't breath that gas in. Usually fixing this stuff is right up my street, but I'm in between software updates, so I'm no use.»
- ―R2-A6's dialogue in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
R2-A6 first appeared in the film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which was released in 1999 and did not name the droid. It was first identified in Star Wars canon on the Star Wars: Card Trader card Ric Olié - Naboo Pilot, released in 2015. The name originated in the Star Wars Legends in 1999 with the character's action figure in the Hasbro Inc. Star Wars: Episode I toy line.
In the 2022 non-canon video game LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, R2-A6 can be found outside the podracer hangar of the Grand Arena in Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine. The droid warns the player in binary about poisonous gas leaking from a pair of damaged podracer engines laying nearby, stating that usually it would repair them itself, but it is unable as it is currently between software updates. The player may then fix the engines themselves as part of the "Podracer Prize" mission.
- (First identified as R2-A6)
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