The R2 Builders Club ...
R-Series, Issues 1, 2, and 3 — edited by Cory Pacione
and Dan Baker
human imagination. And these adorable little astromech
droids offer us a glimpse into what is possible when human
beings work diligently, share knowledge, and strive for
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excellence. The excellent craftsmanship of the R2 Builders
Club’s robot replicas, the group’s success in thwarting
profiteering, as well as its contributions to educational
outreach programs and charitable organizations may have
played a role in opening the door to a mutually respectful
relationship with Lucasfilm. We’ll never know for certain.
When founder Everett established the Builders Council, he
had no way of knowing that he was setting the stage for a
project in which dozens of builders from around the planet
would donate robot parts to create a unique astromech
droid to honor one very special girl.
“During the restructuring of the Jedi Order by the
now Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker, a new code
was established for easier interpretation for the newer
generation of Jedi. The code retained the same core beliefs
as the millennia old code, rewritten for better understanding.
Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.
Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to
Jedi respect all life, in any form.
Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good
of the galaxy.
Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and
At a recent educational outreach event, Jerry Greene
had the honor of introducing his R2-R9 to a blind Star Wars
fan. Having often wondered what an R2 unit looked like,
this 12-year-old boy was overjoyed to be in the presence of
an astromech droid, be allowed to explore its entire surface,
and be able to experience all of its tactile qualities. For
Greene, having an opportunity such as this — to quietly
observe as a fellow human being embraces the opportunity
to experience his world in an entirely new way — all the
time, research, money, and effort invested in building an R2
unit just melts away into space.
To read a profile of an R2BC member who is crafting
an all-aluminum astromech droid and see images of
hand-milled robot parts this Builder has created, check out
Vern Graner’s “Personal Robotics” column in the May issue
of Nuts & Volts Magazine. SV
[ 3] www.starwars.com/databank/droid/r2d2/
[ 4] http://starwarsmovies.net/star-wars-news/the-jedi-code/
I would like to thank Vern Graner, Jeff Green, Craig Smith, and Chris
Simonds for their inspiration and guidance; Guy Vardaman, Bob, and all the R2
Builders who supplied me with images; James Delaney and Jennifer for help
with graphics; Anna and Lici for their encouragement.