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R5-A2[3] was an R5 series astromech droid with orange and white paneling.[2] Like all R5 units it stood 97 centimeters tall and was manufactured by Industrial Automaton.[1] In 0 BBY,[4] it was present in the spaceport of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine, where it rolled past a group of Imperial stormtroopers questioning the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and the moisture farmer Luke Skywalker while they sat in a X-34 landspeeder.[2]

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R5-A2 first appeared in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[2] In the new Star Wars canon, the droid was first identified in the online description for the 2018 LEGO set "Sandcrawler 75220", which depicted R5-A2 as being on board the Jawa sandcrawler in A New Hope,[3] something not depicted in the film.[2] The name originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was first used on a card in the 1996 "A New Hope Limited" expansion released for the Star Wars Customizable Card Game.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded states that all R5 units are manufactured by Industrial Automaton and stand ninety-seven centimeters tall. As R5-A2 is shown to be an R5 unit in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, it must share these characteristics.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. 3.0 3.1 LEGO.png Sandcrawler 75220 on LEGO.com (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which includes R5-A2's appearance, to 0 BBY.
  5. SWCCGsmall.jpg Star Wars Customizable Card GameA New Hope Limited (Card: R5-A2)
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