Star Wars Astromechs
This story starts in 1977.
My dad was in line for the first showing of Star Wars in the state of Colorado, and of course he was blown away by it.
At one point, my dad got me ‘The Essential Guide to Droids’ book. I already liked R2D2, but this book fleshed out all of these astromech droids made by the same company, from R1s up to R7s. In this universe that was already so real to me, I absolutely loved the idea of an even richer world building. It made it so much more real.
I realized why I like R2-D2 so much. For one thing, from a character design standpoint, he’s so great, because he doesn’t have a form that we naturally empathize with. He doesn’t communicate in a language we understand, yet he can emote so much, and we understand a lot from him.
But also I realized that R2-D2 isn’t a warrior. Instead he makes things work, he fixes things, just like my dad. In a lot of ways, Star Wars is something that my dad gave me.
I made a set of Astromech illustrations this week in anticipation of the movie, and they are now available as a sticker set: