The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film. But who are the two men standing behind Artoo, looking very protective of the “overweight glob of grease”?
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Not long ago on Twitter I asked for your favorite Star Wars Celebration Europe memories and photographs for Bantha Tracks, the Star Wars fan newsletter. You sent some beauties, and we thank you for that!
This “photo book,” the final installment of a three-part online series, is a great teaser for what will appear in the December edition of Bantha Tracks in Star Wars Insider.
The annual Star Wars weekends at all Legolands around the world have become a nice tradition and regularly pull a record crowd. All major fan groups are represented including the 501st, Rebel Legion and the R2 Builders. Legoland Germany is situated in Günzburg in Bavaria.
This year, the Star Wars weekend was going to be a special one for the European R2 Builders, as it was going to be the final event before the epic Celebration Europe, which is coming July 26-28 in Essen, Germany.
Actually, I have to admit, that headline is borrowed from Don Bies, droid wrangler at Lucasfilm during the filming of Episodes I – III. The same line was used for his preparations for the prequels.
However, on a much more hobbyist scale, it also applies to any R2 Builder in the world.
Building an astromech is not a quick job, as there’s no “complete kit” available, and it can take years to get to a point where you can say your droid is finished. And once there you soon discover glitches. Things break, the middle foot rattles, the dome turns too slow, etc.
R2-D2: BEEP WHISTLE-WHISTLE WHIR BEEP BLOOP BLEE WOOO
Translation: I am pleased to confirm that I will be attending Celebration Europe and am bringing a few friends.
It is a great pleasure to announce that the R2-D2 Builders Club will be at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen on July 26-28. The Builders Club was founded in 1999 by Australian Dave Everett, and now has over 10,000 members worldwide — members that have either built an astromech droid or are aspiring to build one.
For members of the 501st and Rebel Legions, membership means celebrating Star Wars and contributing to local community and charitable causes. Virtually every week somewhere in the world, an event featuring members dressed as characters from the Galactic Empire or the Old Republic or the Rebel Alliance may be found helping out their neighbors and bringing smiles to everyone they encounter.
We might not have a droid army at our beck and call…yet, but in real life we can still watch robots battle each other for our amusement during the international battle bot competition RoboGames!
While 250-pound robots fought in the arena, R2-D2 was on the sidelines watching all the action like a real robo-celebrity. R2-D2 also visited backstage to say hello to the robot builders, to cheer students on at Bot Ball, and to hang out out with the next generation of robot overlords.
WATCH VIDEO: R2-D2 meets Teddybear Bot
Check out our favorite photos of R2-D2 in action at Robogames:
R2-D2 watches the robots battle in the arena.
Future robot builders try to see what’s really inside R2-D2.
R2-D2 cheers students on at Bot Ball.
R2-D2 is the Pied Piper of Robots.
Check out more photos here:
Photos: Nate Billings
It was a proper Star Wars invasion at the University of Colorado and the University of Oklahoma game at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.
Darth Vader, R2-D2, members of the 501st Legion, and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew were also in attendance.
Check more photos here.