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U-3PO was a 3PO-series protocol droid[2] protocol droid[3] manufactured by Cybot Galactica[1] that had yellow sensors and silver plating. It served the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire.[3] In 0 BBY,[4] it was on board the Alderaanian CR90 corvette Tantive IV after the starship fled from the Battle of Scarif carrying the plans to the Death Star battle station.[3]

After reaching the Tatoo system, the corvette was attacked by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator. As the corvette shuddered from being struck by fire from the Star Destroyer, U-3PO rushed through the corridors behind the protocol droid C-3PO and the astromech droid R2-D2, but eventually stopped following them and turned off the corridor they were in to enter a different room. The Empire successfully captured the vehicle and defeated its crew soon after.[3]

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U-3PO first appeared in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[3] In the new Star Wars canon, it was first identified in the 2017 reference book Ultimate LEGO Star Wars.[2] The name originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was first used on a card in the 1995 A New Hope Limited set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide states that 3PO-series protocol droids are manufactured by Cybot Galactica. As Ultimate LEGO Star Wars establishes that U-3PO is a 3PO unit, it must therefore be manufactured by Cybot Galactica.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ultimate LEGO Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events depicted in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope that occur prior to the Battle of Yavin, which includes U-3PO's appearance, to 0 BBY.
  5. SWCCGsmall.jpg Star Wars Customizable Card GameA New Hope Limited (Card: U-3PO)
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