Lit Only 234 R2 units in the galaxy?

Discussion in 'Literature' started by dokratr0, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. dokratr0 Jedi Grand Master

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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?"
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  2. Kay Suhyun Jedi Knight

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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 Jedi Grand Master

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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.
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  4. Gorefiend Chosen One

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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 TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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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.
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  6. CeiranHarmony Force Ghost

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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 Force Ghost

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    We need to have a Minimalist vs. Maximalist debate over the number of R2 units in the galaxy.
  8. dokratr0 Jedi Grand Master

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

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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 Chosen One

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

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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 Force Ghost

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

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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 Force Ghost

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    Huttese Math :p
  15. Gorefiend Chosen One

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  16. CeiranHarmony Force Ghost

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

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

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

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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 Force Ghost

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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 Jedi Master

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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. dokratr0 Jedi Grand Master

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

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

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

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

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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.