25 Facts About R2-D2 That May Catch You By Surprise

Many Star Wars characters have become integral parts of pop culture over the last forty years but only one has touched so many people’s hearts, the one and only R2-D2. With his chunky cylindrical silhouette and lively whistles and beeps, the adorable Artoo is not a human but nor is he just a machine either. Arguably the most loved robot in entertainment history, R2-D2 is the loyal friend everyone would want to have by his/her side and today we proudly present 25 Facts About R2-D2 That May Catch You By Surprise.

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For some strange reason many people tend to spell it wrong but R2-D2 is phonetically spelled Artoo-Detoo.


According to an interview with George Lucas, R2-D2 and C-3PO were originally called A-2 and C-3. As a matter of fact, according to the same interview Luke was a girl, Han Solo was an alien, and the Wookiees were called Jawas.

R2-D2 and C-3PO

According to IMDb, R2-D2 is only 0.96 meter (3'1" ft). Although R2-D2 might be less than a meter tall, he is equipped with an awesome array of tools such as an arc welder and buzz saw. In other words, don’t you ever mess with R2-D2.


R2-D2 was infamously given the ability to fly in the prequel films which bugged many fans. This was rather roughly explained in other fiction that after the Clone Wars the company responsible for the development of his boosters went out of business. When his rocket boosters were damaged they were unable to be repaired.


R2-D2 was designed by Ralph McQuarrie and co-developed by John Stears but actually built by Tony Dyson, who ran his own studio called The White Horse Toy Company in the UK.

The White Horse Toy Company

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