Auction house Profiles in History (which doesn’t seem to have any connections with Jawas) had expected R2 to sell for between $1 and $2 million—but in typical R2 fashion, the little droid exceeded expectations and went for a considerably higher price tag. Other pieces on sale included Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and Darth Vader’s helmet. Out of all the items at the auction, R2-D2 commanded top dollar.
The auction catalogue describes the piece as “an unprecedented complete film used ‘R2-D2’ unit—one of the most beloved characters in pop culture.” The droid is made of steel, fiberglass, and aluminum, with a dome that was used in the 1977 film. This R2 is not functional however, as it contains no inner mechanical workings. Nonetheless, it represents the “pinnacle” of Star Wars collecting and involved a truly heroic, years-long effort to assemble all the requisite components from R2 units made for the original Star Wars trilogy and for Episodes I and II.
For those of us without a few million lying around, no worries! You can still build an R2 unit of your own. Think you’re as good at tinkering as Rey or Anakin? Here are some detailed instructions to get you started. There’s even an R2 Builders Club dedicated to the construction of astromech droids: “We are an international community who build their own replica robots from the Star Wars universe.” You’ll be in good company as you painstakingly construct holoprojectors, dome panels, and foot hoses!
Unsure of your mechanical skills? Or looking for a slightly less labor-intensive way to show your R2 love? Items like R2-D2 measuring cups, shower heads, mini fridges, and bottle stoppers let you replace boring old household necessities with R2-themed ones. Or, if you’re thinking of ordering a wheelie backpack or suitcase, why not get it monogrammed with R2-D2 instead of your own initials? There are countless ways of celebrating the galaxy’s most beloved astromech droid without breaking the bank or going back to school for Engineering.
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