Tatooine Astromechs - Mos Eisley & Jabba's Palace! UPDATE: Bartender R2 unit added! 10/25
Tatooine Astromechs - Mos Espa & Podrace!!!
Hoth Astromechs !!!
Jedi, Republic and Naboo Astromechs! UPDATE! Bus driver astromech added 10/25!
Coruscant Astromechs -
Rebel Droids! -
Imperial Astromechs!! UPDATED 2/7/14 - New R5-K6 Death Star picture!
CLONE WARS - First Season !!!
CLONE WARS - Second Season !!!
CLONE WARS - Seasons 3, 4, & 5
This is the only place where you can find images of every astromech droid in the Star Wars movies and Clone Wars TV show. Many of these you will only find here, as they have never been pictured or discussed on other web pages! I'm a collector of Hasbro's line of Star Wars astromech droid action figures. Over 40 have been produced so far, and more are coming all the time. About 50 have yet to be made, and you can find images of them all on these pages. If you are aware of any I've missed, or have better quality scans or screen caps of those I have listed please contact me at my email below!
DESIGN YOUR OWN DROID!!!
Check out the R2 Style Builder! You can color your own R2 unit and print out the results: Design A Droid!
THE CLONE WARS
The great new series on the Cartoon Network features many great new astrodroids. One of the best is seen in this great teaser for the series featuring R2-D2 and an all-new R5 unit: Skate Park! Check out my Clone Wars pages for all the details on this great addition to the Star Wars saga, or the official Star Wars website for more info.
A fun fact about astrodroids as seen in both the Star Wars movies and the Clone Wars TV series is that every droid has its own voice! No two astromechs make the same tone of beeps - check it out next time you tune in!
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
They were never actually called "astromech droids" in any of the movies! The only direct references to them are as "astrodroids." Luke refers to R2-D2 and R5-D4 collectively as "astrodroids" when he is purchasing them from the Jawas. Later, after R2 runs away from the farm, C-3PO states that "These astrodroids are getting quite out of hand." The same language was used in Revenge of the Sith, when the two Super Battle Droids find R2-D2 in the hangar. They call him a "stupid little astrodroid."
The entire "R2" "R3" etc. naming convention we're familiar with was created by Lucasfilm to assist the marketing departments of licensees, but has not been accepted by George Lucas, who intended a less stringent application of droid names. In A New Hope, Luke calls R5-D4 an "R2 unit": "Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator." Also, during the making of Attack of the Clones, George Lucas told the droid techie, Don Bies, that Obi-Wan's astromech droid had the same dome as R2-D2, but is called "R4." Don then asked George if he was aware that a whole naming convention had sprung up, and that R4 units had the "lampshade" dome. George indicated that that wasn't correct. (See this interview here.) This goes a long way towards explaining why in the prequels "R2" units suddenly were always referred to as "R4," or why in the new Clone Wars television show "R2" units are being referred to as "R3," "R6," and even "R7" and "R8." So even though we have been led to believe that the shape of the dome reflects differences in a droid's capabilities or programming or "type", the reality is that all astromechs are essentially same, with the dome style being only a difference of aesthetics or manufacturer.
The fact is that the current Clone Wars series is under the complete control and daily supervision of George Lucas and is canon, and must be treated the same way as the other movies: What we see in the series is fact. You can read a great interview with the main writer and director of the CW series here that covers the factualness of the series in great detail, and how George Lucas created most of the stories and even told the production team to "ignore the EU stuff" when writing the episodes. Regardless, we should continue to refer to them by their traditional dome type for ease of discussion.
A NOTE ABOUT IMAGES
I've tried to find pictures that show all the best detail and angles of the droids listed herein. Most of these came from screenshots I made. Some are from pictures I've picked up on the net over the last 12 years or so I've been collecting astromech droid shots, or scanned from books. Many have been sent in to me by kind & enthusiastic astrodroid fans like you. Please note that sometimes I receive copies of the same image from many different people before I have been able to research and post it. Please forgive me if I didn't credit you, or you didn't hear back from me right away.
Where the image isn't clear, I try and give some notes on what I can make out in regards to color, in the hopes of preventing any painting errors in future Hasbro efforts. One last thing, and this is important. If you really want to make sure about the colors of these droids, please make an effort to view these pages on more than one computer. Different computer monitors can produce remarkably different colors of the same image.
Got any fresh pics or info? email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
(mostly) CONFIRMED UPCOMING ASTROMECHS!!!