The R2 Builders Club
From left to right: Disneyworld’s R2-D2, R2-KT, and ILM’s R2-D2.
by K. Stiles Howard
“Adherents to the Jedi way
closely follow an ancient
code that guides their
actions in the service of the
Republic. It reads, in part:
There is no emotion;
there is peace.
There is no ignorance;
there is knowledge.
There is no passion;
there is serenity.
There is no death;
there is the Force.”1
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and the Jedi Code
About nine years ago, in this galaxy, in a continent far, far away from
North America, Australian Dave Everett began an Internet-based
Star Wars fan club, which he named the R2 Builders Club (R2BC).
Established for people interested in building 1:1-scale R2-D2s, the R2BC has
evolved into an online community of more than 6,600 members worldwide
( http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/r2builders/). Once created,
these R-series astromech droids do not merely sit around gathering dust. Quite
the contrary, they live very active lives, joining their humans in performing
service projects that raise money for charitable organizations and educate
children about science, computer technology, engineering, and robotics.
“It is from the ranks of the Jedi Masters that
the High Council is chosen ...”1
Committed to creating a community of R2-D2 Builders, as well as
Star Wars, R2-D2, R2-R9, the Jedi Order, and the Jedi Code are registered trademarks
of Lucasfilm Ltd. R2-KT is a fan-built project and not authorized by Lucasfilm as a recognized
character. Star Wars, its characters, creations, and all associated items are the intellectual property
of Lucasfilm. (c)2006 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.