I fell in love with R2D2 in 1977 when I saw him from afar on the silver screen. Although just 13 at the time, I was certain of my love for him. According to Wookiepedia
, R2D2 (R2 for short) is an R2-series astromech droid
manu-factured by Industrial Automaton
prior to 32 BBY. I don't know about all of that, I just know that R2 is brave and he is cute. (He also has a great sense of humor, but only those close to him know that.) Your love for R2 may not be as strong as mine, no one's is, but you have to admit that he is talented. R2 is capable of slicing computers, putting out fires, projecting holograms, fixing starships and flying. He not only saved the galaxy over and over, he can walk on two legs or use a third leg to toll across the ground! How many droids do you know who can do that?
A few weeks ago, at Project Comic Con
, I saw R2 again! I was thrilled! I even saw one that looked like him and was made from vintage Mustang car parts! The St. Louis R2 Builders Group
consists of people who know how truly special R2s are, so much so that they devote their lives to making them. When asked why they spend all the time they do in creating their R2s, members happily replied, "Because we get to live a bit of the Star Wars story." As one member of the group stated, "R2 is the real hero of Star Wars."