- "Well, R2 units are a dime a dozen."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, on how common R2 units were
R2 series astromech droids, also known as R2 units, were a very popular series of astromech droids produced by Industrial Automaton. They stood at around 1 meter in height, sported a distinctive domed head, and were programmed to perform a variety of tasks. They were designed to be able to fit in the droid sockets commonly found on starfighters. The R2 series was a major success for Industrial Automaton, and many later models of astromech were based on the R2 series, though none had the same success. R2-D2 was a notable example of this model. Although the R2 series was used prior to the Clone Wars, they were still considered to be new during the Age of the Empire. According to C1-10P, a C1-series astromech droid, the greatest flaw in R2 units' programming was compassion.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
In the earliest Italian works, all astromech droids are called "C1 units," whilst R2-D2 is called "C1-P8".[source?]
According to George Lucas, he got inspiration for the name of R2-D2 when he overheard a sound engineer coworker giving an order to another to move to "Reel 2 Dialogue 2".[source?]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
- William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First
- William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- Revenge of the Sith: Episode III (LEGO Star Wars)
- William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Zander's Joyride" (Appears in flashback(s))
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Trouble on Tibalt"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Return of the Jedi"
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: Return of the Jedi
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Episodes I-III
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: Puzzle Droids
- Star Wars Blips – "One Up"
- Star Wars Blips – "Out of Reach"
- Star Wars Blips – "Fan Droids"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Rebels: Head to Head
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
- Star Wars: R2-D2 Deluxe Book and Model Set
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress"
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Droids in Distress book