The other day, my UPS man was asking me about the 32 different R2-D2 figures that sit on the power strip above my desk at work. Yes, I have 32 of them up there, only two of them are actually “R2-D2”, the rest are various R2s, R3s, R4s and R5 units. The majority of them appeared in the Star Wars movies, usually in the background of scenes. A couple of them are EU (Expanded Universe) units, such as the red, white and blue one in the picture here, but most of them come from the movies.
So, I got to thinking about my love of R2, and while I don’t go as far as some others out there, it does run pretty deep back to my childhood. There was just something about him and his pluckiness (okay, someone please shoot me for using the word “pluckiness”), but he was Luke’s steadfast companion, and the idea of a computer that just rolls around with you? Sweet!
As I grew out of childhood, I just thought the concept of these background characters were fascinating, and something that helped breath more life into the Star Wars universe. Sure, they all looked similar, but you knew there was only one “R2-D2”, none of the rest displayed the personality he did. The majority of them were just work-a-day droids, toiling away at making the universe that much more livable.
It is fairly obvious I am not the only one who loves the little guys as back in July of 2003, during production of Revenge of the Sith, fan club members (yes, I was a member at the time so I could watch the production web cams) were allowed to vote on the color scheme of a new droid, R4-G9. We didn’t know much about what sort of role he would play, just that he was connected to Obi-Wan Kenobi, and we were allowed to vote on what color we wanted him to be. As I remember it, we had four choices, but it was obvious from the get-go that copper was the only real choice, the others were all a bit odd.
Yes, it is another one of my odd little quirks: I love fictional droids from a series of movies. Oh well, there certainly could be worse things about me, like I could be 36 and still playing video games on a regular basis… Oh bugger…