- "Now, what have we here? Hmm…Hey, haven't I seen you before? Seems like I'm always fixing this burnout!"
R5-D2, often referred to simply as R5, was a masculine R5-series astromech droid who served part of Star Tours' technical pool until he burnt out in a tour accident and had to have parts replaced by the maintenance droid G2-9T. The droid eventually became the property of a Tatooine moisture farmer and was involved in the Disciples of Ragnos crisis in 14 ABY.
- "Now, was I supposed to weld that logic module positive to positive, or negative to negative? No, no, I'm positive it was negative to positive, absolutely positive."
- ―G2-9T tries to remember how to install a logic module into R5-D2
Around the year 21 BBY, R5-D2, often referred to simply as R5, was on the planet Ukio. Around 1 BBY, he served as a navigator in Star Tours' technical pool at Spaceport THX1138 until he burnt out on a routine flight and had to undergo repairs, including the replacement of his logic module, by the maintenance droid G2-9T in Tomorrowland Starport. However, due to the droid's low productivity, it was unknown how long it would take to fix R5-D2. In 4.3 ABY, he was still being repaired by G2-9T prior to the departure of Star Tours Flight 45 on an ill-fated flight to the Forest Moon of Endor.
Service to a moisture farmerEdit
The farmer ordered the droid to record a conversation about the Disciples of Ragnos—a Sith cult that was trying to revive the dead Sith Lord Marka Ragnos—that the farmer overheard in a local cantina. When the farmer became fearful of reprisals from the cult, the individual sold the R-series droid to a band of Jawa scavengers, before leaving Tatooine.
Jaden Korr's missionEdit
- "Well! You're still in one piece, so you must have handled yourself alright. Let's get this droid back to the Academy."
- ―Kyle Katarn, to Jaden Korr
When the New Jedi Order found out about the droid, the Human male Jedi Padawan Jaden Korr journeyed to purchase the droid from the Jawas. The Jedi had to fight his way through Tusken Raiders that had attacked and killed all the Jawas, but eventually he located the R5 unit aboard the Jawas' sandcrawler and retrieved it.
After the two reunited with Korr's Master, Kyle Katarn, the droid was taken by the Jedi to the Jedi Praxeum on the moon Yavin 4. There, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker intended to have his astromech droid R2-D2 analyze the Tatooine droid's memory banks in order to learn more information about the Disciples of Ragnos.
- "Well, I was just wondering if you could tell me where this goes? See, I wasn't really online when they were programming us for logic repairs. Usually I can figure it out, but these old R5's are kinda built backwards, know what I mean? Heh! No, you don't know what I mean…"
- ―G2-9T asks for advice while attempting to repair R5-D2
R5-D2 was a masculine R5-series astromech droid, a low-cost model of the popular R-series astromech droid line manufactured by Industrial Automaton. He had white plating with a red trim, portions of which were battered and scorched black after the droid burnt out during a routine flight that necessitated him undergoing repairs, a pair of blue photoreceptors. The droid stood one meter tall, and was a second-degree unit specializing in technical works. The droid communicated with other individuals by using droidspeak.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "Keg-shaped droid damaged on routine flight. With G2-9T doing the repairs, who knows when he'll be back on the job."
- ―"R5"'s description in Complete Guide to Star Tours
R5-D2 was created for the 1987 Disney simulator ride theme park attraction Star Tours, where he was featured in the ride's queue at each of its locations, which included each of Disney's resorts excluding Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort. He first appeared in a 1986 Star Tours promotional film that aired on The ABC Sunday Night Movie. Although information on the droid was provided in Complete Guide to Star Tours, he was without a proper designation until an action figure of the droid designating him R5-D2 was released in 2003 as part of the Disney Parks exclusive Star Wars: Star Tours toy line.
An R5-series astromech droid also appeared in the 2003 LucasArts video game Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. While not identified by name in the game itself, the game files referred to the droid as "R5-D2." The game requires the player—taking on the role of Jaden Korr—to complete four out of five optional missions in order to proceed with the main story line, with the mission to recover the droid being one of such optional assignments. This article assumes full completion of the game, therefore it includes Korr's mission to retrieve the droid.
- The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Paris only)
- Star Tours
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- 1986 ABC Sunday Night Movie Disneyland Star Tours Promotion (First appearance)
- Complete Guide to Star Tours (As "R5")
- (First identified as R5-D2)
- "Star Tours: Taking Off on a Star Tour"—Star Wars Insider 104
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The New Essential Guide to Droids establishes that the R5-series astromech droids were made by Industrial Automaton. As Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy states that the droid was an R5 unit, it must have been manufactured by Industrial Automaton, as well.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Star Tours
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The New Essential Guide to Droids establishes that technical droids such as astromech droids were second-degree droids. As Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy states that this droid was an astromech droid, it can also be classified as a second-degree unit.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The New Essential Guide to Droids establishes that the R5-series astromech droids were a "meter-high stack." According to Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, this droid was an R5 unit, therefore it also had the same height.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Complete Guide to Star Tours
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- ↑ Star Wars Annual 2011
- ↑ 9.0 9.1
- ↑ The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 71 ("R5-D2")
- ↑ The events of the Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy video game are dated to 14 ABY by The New Essential Chronology.
- ↑ Crosscurrent
- ↑ 1986 ABC Sunday Night Movie Disneyland Star Tours Promotion