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Lit Only 234 R2 units in the galaxy?

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Trisdin Gheer, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Trisdin Gheer

    Trisdin Gheer Jedi Knight star 2

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    Isn't 4 digits a little short for a unique identifying code for a droid (R2-D2, R2-A9, etc.)? Especially when two of those numbers are the model number? Or have I missed something?

    Inb4 "Do R2 units contradict the EU?"
     
  2. Kay Suhyun

    Kay Suhyun Jedi Youngling star 1

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    It was really stupid in Empire when the rebels had to steal some R2s. It never made sense.
     
  3. The Compeer

    The Compeer Jedi Knight star 2

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    You're doing it wrong. It's more like "R2 units do they contradict the EU" Note the lack of punctuation at the end, not to mention the awkward placement of the subject.
     
  4. Gorefiend

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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    Why would most units not get different names from their owners? Also Naboo alone could own 234 R2 units and a different planet another 234 and so on ;)
     
  5. CooperTFN

    CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus star 6 VIP

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    It's understood that "R2-D2" isn't the entire model number, any more than "C-3PO" is. At the same time, given that there's likely millions upon millions of each of them, they may have more than one identifying designation beyond whatever their "name" code happens to be.
     
  6. CeiranHarmony

    CeiranHarmony Jedi Master star 5

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    droids are easy there... what about chiss?

    Mith'raw'nuruodo => Thrawn
    Hath'raw'nibindi => Thrawn
     
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  7. COMPNOR

    COMPNOR Jedi Master star 3

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    We need to have a Minimalist vs. Maximalist debate over the number of R2 units in the galaxy.
     
  8. Trisdin Gheer

    Trisdin Gheer Jedi Knight star 2

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    Make that 260 actually. I forgot about the number 0.
     
  9. CeiranHarmony

    CeiranHarmony Jedi Master star 5

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    There are as many R2 units in the galaxy as can be fit into the volume of the first Death Star! No wonder they were so rare with rebels having to steal some of the Empire.. the Empire used them for DS1 spacefiller!
     
  10. Gorefiend

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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    Its real volume given by the 120 km diameter or the 160 km people now days pretend? :-B
     
  11. MercenaryAce

    MercenaryAce Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    If I remember correctly, the names we here tend to be the first four digits, but the actual number is gigantic. Just that people don't like to say a number that long.
     
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  12. CeiranHarmony

    CeiranHarmony Jedi Master star 5

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    don't executor my death star sizes with saxonisms!
     
  13. FTeik

    FTeik Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    "The scale on the models ranged from 1:8 on the life pod and Lifepod Bay to 1:16 for most of the space vehicles to an incredible 1:180,000 for the Death Star (making the full size Death Star 102+ miles in diameter)"- Grant McCune, Chief Model Maker for"A New Hope" in 1979.​

    I wonder, where the later RPGs got the idea of 120 km from. ;)

     
  14. CeiranHarmony

    CeiranHarmony Jedi Master star 5

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    Huttese Math :p
     
  15. Gorefiend

    Gorefiend Chosen One star 5

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    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/A_Guide_to_the_Star_Wars_Universe_(First_Edition)

    102 miles btw doesn't work out to 160 kilometers either ;)
     
  16. CeiranHarmony

    CeiranHarmony Jedi Master star 5

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    if they measure the diameter from emperors towers top that may add a few meters :p

    [​IMG]


    same death star, different diameters... it all can work together :p
     
  17. Lazy Storm Trooper

    Lazy Storm Trooper Jedi Master star 4

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    I can imagine someone saying, "Come here R2-D2-37489-QW89-SD09389-BA1."
     
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  18. Chewbacca89

    Chewbacca89 Jedi Master star 5

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    I believe every R2 unit has a clone. I know R2-DD2 is wandering the stars somewhere looking for Luuke...
     
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  19. COMPNOR

    COMPNOR Jedi Master star 3

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    But if the Old Republic/Galactic Empire/New Republic were to buy 520 astromech clones, it would result in the bankruptcy of those entities unless they could get a high interest loan from Banking Clan!
     
  20. Hansa

    Hansa Jedi Padawan star 1

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    After the line running from R2-A0 to R2-Z9, I suspect they would simply need to add a digit, making the next in line R2-A10.
     
  21. Trisdin Gheer

    Trisdin Gheer Jedi Knight star 2

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    That brings out the unlikely situation of R2 being the 43rd R2 unit ever produced.
     
  22. Riven_JTAC

    Riven_JTAC Jedi Master star 4

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    This is how it is to my understanding, as well.
     
  23. seeker_two

    seeker_two Jedi Master star 3

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    That....or they're the last four digits, like a vehicle VIN number.
     
  24. Malachi108

    Malachi108 Jedi Master star 3

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    I believe an R2 unit is 17.8 kilometers long.
     
  25. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 8

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    Possibly they knew about the model being 120 cm in diameter, hadn't read that article by the Chief Model Maker- and concluded that a plausible scale was 1:100,000. The earliest Star Wars Encyclopaedia, before the RPGs, used 120km, and that was probably how the RPGs got it.

    It's worth noting that at least one person did detailed scaling from movie shots, and got 120 km as its diameter (pole to pole).
    http://www.st-v-sw.net/STSWdeathstarsizes.html
    Though their estimate tends to be dismissed. Maybe because they got into arguments with stardestroyer.net and acquired a reputation as a crank.