An Astromech Droid from the planet Naboo affiliated to the Galactic Alliance and a member of the Jedi Order, took time out from its busy schedule to speak to Down News while on a visit to planet earth.
R2-D2 has been given a make-over by the innovative team at DR Electric in Carryduff.
R2-D2 (pronounced as ‘Artoo-Detoo’) is one of the main characters in the Star Wars trilogy that was launched in 1977 creating the Hollywood blockbuster space epic. This personable robot rubs shoulders with stars such as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, and is one of the only four characters to appear through the whole series.
And on a flying visit to County Down, R2D2 stopped off at DR Electric in Carryduff and said: “This awesome model of myself has certainly been put together with plenty of TLC from the staff there. It is amazing considering they are experts at working mostly on household appliances.
“The main body came from two washing machine drums and parts of a freezer, and an old golf trolly provided the mobility. And using the lights from a slot machine was very clever indeed. Other bits came from margarine tub lids, stickers, packaging, guttering, and even smoke alarms. The Force is definitely with this team of R2-D2 builders. It is certainly environmentally friendly.
“But the craftiest part of their version of R2-D2 is using an iPad to create computerised voice controls. This is the ultimate in up-cycling. And of course, building in a solar panel was just genius as making this R2-D2 low energy and self-sustaining. In fact, it can run forever! It must be the only fully functioning one of its kind in this world.
A spokesperson for DR Electric said: “Our R2-D2 is already booked for shows and personal appearances. It has been a great team effort by us humans. We have a lot of electronic skills and expertise on hand and this has been great fun and a challenge.
“In the past we have worked with TV and film companies on special effects and this project has been great fun and a super challenge. This Star Wars character is a great favourite with the film fans and young children.”