In this scene, we see...

R2-D2 waving goodbye to Rey and Chewie in the Falcon

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But, here, in this next scene we see...

That R2 is there with Chewie in the Island

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So, is it a big mistake in the movie??

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    Still haven't seen TFA, but I think it's possible that the first picture shows an R2 unit, whereas the second picture shows the R2 unit - i.e., the first picture is some other R2 droid, and the second one is the R2 droid we know and love.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:26
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    Looking closely at the first photo, I'm pretty sure that is a different astromech droid, not R2-D2. Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:27
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    would that be R2-KT? Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:38
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    The prequels gave R2D2 the ability to fly. The Sequels give him a hyperdrive. It's all part of the plan...
    – Vogie
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:38
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    I'm pretty sure R2 would be next to C-3PO, both in-universe and from a filmmaking standpoint
    – user30903
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:57

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According to the novelization, R2-D2 was indeed with Chewbacca aboard the Falcon, so the first scene must have had some OTHER R2 astromech.

Each time, Chewbacca would wave. Had he been equipped to do so, R2-D2 would have done likewise.
- [From the novelization]


I could be wrong but I believe the character in the top image is shinier, newer (i.e. different) than the one in the bottom image.

During the film, I recall thinking that the character in the top image looked familiar, but couldn't be who you (and I) thought it was. So the next image made sense to me. I had the thought "Oh okay, must have been a different character."

  • The Falcon might be dusty!
    – Gusdor
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 18:07
  • Calling the Falcon "dusty" is generous.
    – T.J.L.
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 16:10

Consider the placement of the individuals in the sending off scene. Front and center are C-3PO and BB-8. Off to the side (and behind another person) is an R2 unit.

One would expect, that if that was R2-D2, he would have been standing in close proximity to the two droids in the middle given R2-D2's importance. That this expectation is not met indicates thats not R2-D2.

  • Yes, that sounds about right
    – LcSalazar
    Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 14:51

No, they are patently not the same droids. As you can see, the one that leaves the Falcon (pictured to the right below) has a blue top and white legs. Presumably it's R2-D2.

The one on the flight apron (pictured to the left) has a grey top and a grey body with a white trim.

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To me the droid looks more like R2-Q2 who was also in the Force Awakens action figure set.

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  • It's possible that that droid is R2-Q2 since he was last seen in the employ of the Empire in Star Wars: A New Hope. That being said, it's easily as likely (in fact far more likely) that it's another droid that happens to be the same colour...
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 23:28
  • If it's not R2-Q2, then it's another droid that looks exactly like him. Seems like a reasonable inference.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 23:34
  • @DCShannon - Well, the last time we saw that particular droid, it was on board the Devastator which we now know was destroyed shortly after the Death Star II. Is it more likely that it's the same droid (complete with an amazing backstory about how it escaped being blown up with its ship and how it joined the Rebellion) or that it's just another droid with a similar paint-job?
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 23:51
  • @Richard I don't know. This is Star Wars after all. That being said, if the droid was destroyed on the Devestator, then why is it in the Force Awakens action figure set?
    – DCShannon
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 23:54
  • @DCShannon - I'm struggling to find it in any updated action sets. The latest I've been able to see was a Disneyland pack from 2009. The image above is actually a CGI rendering from 2008.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 23:58

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