In The Phantom Menace, Anakin talks about having a bomb inside of him and, should he try to escape, Watto can simply blow him up.

SHMI: All slaves have transmitters placed inside their bodies somewhere.

ANAKIN: I've been working on a scanner to try and locate them, but no luck.

SHMI: Any attempt to escape...

ANAKIN: ...and they blow you up...poof!

Did they ever remove this bomb or device from Anakin? Did Watto still retain the ability to blow up Anakin?

  • 7
    What does getting drunk have to do with it?
    – Moyli
    May 24, 2016 at 13:06
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    @Moyli what doesnt it have to do with it.
    – Himarm
    May 24, 2016 at 13:07
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    I'd love it if a random Toydorian had the ability to defeat Darth Vader all along
    – Petersaber
    May 26, 2016 at 18:19
  • @armadillo woops, was gana add something, then said na
    – Himarm
    May 26, 2016 at 18:21
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    I'm tempted to change the title from "Can Watto get drunk and blow up Anakin?" to "Should Watto get drunk and blow up Anakin?". I think we can all agree the answer is yes.
    – Valorum
    May 31, 2016 at 22:42

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No, the device was deactivated and later removed.

The Phantom Menace novelization p192-193:

They went to Watto's shop first, where the Toydarian had completed the forms necessary to assure Anakin's freedom. The transmitter that bound Anakin to his life of slavery was deactivated permanently. It would be removed surgically at a later date. Watto was still grumbling about the unfairness of things as they left him and went back out into the street.

Watto mad

And from the junior novel (Thanks be to Rich- Valorum, the only person with the book):

Silently, Qui-Gon fell into step beside him. The Jedi did not speak until the slave quarters were out of sight behind a building. Then he gestured Anakin to the left. “We have to stop at Watto’s shop.” Startled, Anakin looked up. “Why?” “To get your slave transmitter neutralized.” The process didn’t take long, but it left Anakin feeling odd, as if he had suddenly become an entirely new and different person. I never thought not being a slave would feel so strange, he thought as he trudged along beside Qui-Gon.



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