Collecting robots on postcards – 3

Two of the most famous movie robots


R2-D2 (left) and C-3PO (right)

This postcard, printed in San Francisco, USA shows two robots who appeared in every Star Wars film. Both will be in the new Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens which is due for release just before Christmas.

The following is taken from Wikipedia:

C-3PO is a protocol droid designed to serve human beings, and boasts that he is fluent in “over six million forms of communication”. He is generally seen with his long-time counterpart, R2-D2. Threepio’s main function is to assist etiquette, customs, and translation, so that meetings of different cultures run smoothly. Threepio and R2-D2 played vital and pivotal roles in the Galaxy’s history. While protocol/interpreter droids range in color, C-3PO appears primarily in gold finish with silver from the right knee down.

R2-D2 (called “R2” for short and phonetically spelled “Artoo-Detoo”) is an astromech droid (referred to in the novel as a ‘thermocapsulary dehousing assister’). The name is said to derive from when Lucas was making one of his earlier films, American Graffiti. Sound editor Walter Murch states that he is responsible for the utterance which sparked the name for the droid. Murch asked for Reel 2, Dialog Track 2, in the abbreviated form “R-2-D-2”. Lucas, who was in the room and had dozed off while working on the script for Star Wars, momentarily woke when he heard the request and, after asking for clarification, stated that it was a “great name” before falling immediately back to sleep. R2-D2 stands for Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2, according to a Star Wars encyclopedia published after the release of the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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