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Who is this blue-headed droid on Tatooine? It can be seen in A New Hope next to the protocol droid CZ-1.

The droid in question (blue head with control panel in a sideways diamond shape atop a cylindrical body with arms out the side running on tracks, moves down the street alongside the protocol droid CZ-1

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    That was “Not the droid they’re looking for”. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jul 14 at 13:58
  • Another protocol droid with leaky knees! – Greg Woods Jul 14 at 20:35
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This is WED-9-M1.

He was first identified in the Star Wars collectible card game (as a "WED-9-M1 'Bantha' Droid") and officially canonised in the video below.

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You might want to note that this is a custom built robot, based on the standard Treadwell models.

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    What the heck kind of task does a "bantha droid" do? Milk banthas? Herd banthas? Track banthas? – Lexible Jul 13 at 17:44
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    @Lexible - The blurb on the card says that it's nicknamed "bantha" for its slow and stubborn nature – Valorum Jul 13 at 17:46
  • Not a halfway bad card, either, if I remember the gameplay correctly. – quantumswing Jul 13 at 22:05
  • Colourful nicknames aside, what purpose was it assembled for? – Nu'Daq Jul 14 at 2:04
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    @Nu'Daq - The blurb on the card says that it's owned by the people who operate Docking Bay 94. It's identified as a "maintenance droid", taking care of ships and droids. – Valorum Jul 14 at 6:49

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