The wealth of a farmer is noteworthy
Wealth is relative to your point of view. While we can look at Tatooine and see it as a poor locale compared to the rest of the civilized galaxy, on the local level there are still those who would be considered rich and poor. While Luke was a simple farm boy, and probably not a rich one, there isn't an indication that he ...
Luke doesn't say that they're "valuable", he vouchsafes that they're hardworking, and that they're a token of how serious he is to begin negotiations for Han's life.
I seek an audience with Your Greatness, to bargain for his life.
Note that the droids aren't the cost of Han's release, just the price of gaining an audience with "Mighty Jabba" to discuss ...
I agree it seems strange. R2 droids are specifically engineered to work on starfighters
this rounded, waist-high droid was made specifically to fit in military starfighter astromech slots
However, it probably retains the general purpose of an astromech droid:
a type of droid that served as an automated mechanic, performing a variety of repair duties
The Rebellion didn't appear overnight. Immediately after Vader's crippling on Mustafar, R2-D2 passed into the service of Senator Organa, and it took many years to build up the Rebel Alliance. There is plenty of time there for R2's loyalties to be tested and confirmed.
Spy droids do exist, yes, but they're not exactly...subtle.
R3-S6 was in an excellent ...
Kenny Baker was essentially a puppeteer.
From an interview with him
In some scenes you are inside R2-D2, in other scenes, it is remote controlled. Is there (apart from the scenes where R2 is rolling) an easy way for the viewer to see whether it’s you or the remote-controlled droid?
By R2’s extension leg. When they were using that, they swapped R2. I can ...
In addition to what others have said, I'd also like to point out that there is a difference between personal wealth and business capital. While Uncle Owen may not make enough on his farm to have frivolous disposable income, that doesn't mean the farm as a business is bankrupt.
Take a look at these tractor prices.
They range from $300,000 to $500,000, which ...
George Lucas apparently admitted that the inspiration behind the "look" of R2-D2 was the trio of Huey, Louie, and Dewey from Doug Trumbull's film Silent Running, which was released five years before A New Hope.
Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec 1977
...The drones, by the way, proved to be director George Lucas' inspiration for his own stubby robot, R2-D2, ...
Yes, several times in The Clone Wars cartoon. For example in S01E07, "Duel of the Droids", he uses them at the end of the episode to escape onto Anakin's ship.
And a link to a high-quality webm of the scene and a smaller version of the same clip
R2D2 uses his rockets quite a bit in The Clone Wars cartoon.
At one point R2-D2 is part of a special droid task force and has his rockets upgraded for the mission. "Secret Weapons" The Clone Wars s5:e10.
As @Richard says he appears to have used them in Revenge of the Sith as well (although I had no memory of it).
I am speculating, but perhaps it isn't seen as "proper" for R2 units to show personality. In the same way people avoid giving proper names to animals they don't intend to adopt (or do intend to eat). Astromech droids seem to have a fairly high mortality rate, and they are used in dangerous situations. Perhaps it is the case that they avoid giving Astromech ...
People in Star Wars universe tend to take droids for granted, and treat them like equipment. RD-D2, C-3PO or Chopper from Rebels often succeed in some missions because enemies (Imperials or otherwise) ignore them and let them move around trough secure areas without much hassle. On the other hand, sentient living beings would be much ...
Based on what we see of what's in R2D2's dome, the answer seems to be very little important is in there. In other words, it's not his "head". It's unlikely they would leave it so exposed in the back of an X-Wing if it were
What we do see is
A radar dish of some sort
A hidden compartment Luke hides his lightsaber in
Apparently the dark dome ...
First of all, out of universe, the 2 droids are clearly special. They are the equivalent of the 2 peasant characters in The Hidden Fortress which was a major influence on Star Wars (OK, putting it less politely, Lucas ripped off Kurosawa :)
Going to in-universe, your thesis has some merit, but is not very correct overall.
We don't know about C-3PO since we ...
There is a lot of great evidence and reasoning in the other answers.
Let me also offer this hypothesis:
The droid actually are very valuable.
The Jawas actually don't know the value of the droids.
Jawas never see droids in this good conditions. They are junk dealers, not technicians and would never encounter such valuable droids. We know ...
In the last episodes of season 6 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, R2-D2 actually visits Dagobah with Yoda during Yoda's trials to learn the art of maintaining one's individuality in the cosmic force after death.
So in answer to this question, yes, R2D2 and yoda have met before.
Why doesn't he remember Yoda or Dagobah? As mentioned in the other answers, ...
Well, initially, Obi-Wan was covered by a hooded cloak, so R2-D2 wouldn’t recognize him (thus making it quite reasonable to be afraid).
We might assume that as soon as Obi-Wan’s face was visible, R2-D2 would have recognized him. Consider, though, that it has been 19 years since R2-D2 last saw Obi-Wan. It’s fairly plausible that he wouldn’t have recognized ...
TL;DR: No, it seems to be unintentional.
According to Walter Murch, who was George Lucas' sound engineer on American Graffiti, he gave Lucas the inspiration for the name when he slated a tape of dialogue (reel 2, dialogue 2) in abbreviated form: "R2-D2".
Walter Murch: When I was working with Dick Portman on Godfather, I had picked up his habit of voice-...
Interestingly, the novelization describes the droid Owen originally selected differently. He originally selected an agricultural droid.
Downcast, Luke directed his words irritably to Threepio and the small agricultural robot. He knew better than to argue with his uncle.
A minute later, something pinged sharply nearby. Glancing down, Luke saw that a ...
Organa entrusted R2-D2 and C-3PO to Raymus Antilles, the Captain of
the Tantive IV, who was instructed to treat them well and to wipe
C-3PO's memory. Although R2-D2's inability to speak basic spared him
from experiencing a memory wipe, it did undergo reprogramming to
restrict access to the holo-recordings of Leia's birthparents,...
According to the film's new canon junior novelisation, Leia's plan seems to have been to give the data card to any droid that she came across, order them to leave the ship in an escape pod and hopefully recover them once she was free of Vader.
When R2-D2, a robot with advanced intelligence, a holographic recording capability and, crucially, the ability to ...
Not to discredit any of these answers but to augment them, we must recall that though George Lucas came up with the character and guidelines for the design, it was Ralph McQuarrie who designed R2-D2. We must consider his inspiration as much, if not more, than Lucas contributions to the look of the character.
Star Wars Insider once asked McQuarrie about the ...
TL;DR: He didn't love it - it was just a job. A difficult one too.
From a post on StarWarsInterviews:
INTERVIEWER: What do you regard as the highlight of your Star Wars career? Maybe a special moment or scene?
BAKER: There weren’t any highlights; I was just there, in the droid. I was
mainly in the end scenes of every movie. I can’t remember any highs or
When Anakin found out Palpatine was Sith, he reported it directly to his superiors. When we see Mace Windu fight Palpatine, Skywalker shows up mid-fight. Mace is happy for help to arrive. It is only after that when he became Vader.
In other words, the Jedi are pretty fairly certain that Anakin wasn't a traitor the whole time.
R2 wasn't with Vader at any ...
Droids could be of low value to moisture farmer, but very valuable to powerful crime lord. Imagine having luxury sports car in impoverished country with only dirt or otherwise poor roads. Now imagine that car being "acquired" and sold by shady junk dealers with reputation of "loose" morality and penchant for swindling and outright ...
Obviously, they're not actual coin slots or a coin return. Those are just easy to remember names used by builders for ease of reference.
They're "system diagnostic ports" and a "polarity sink":
Source: Scale Model News: Star Wars R2D2 - Lego Mega-Model Coming Soon
Source: R3-series astromech droid - Wookieepedia
I'm not sure whether there is a canon answer, but I can think of one rather simple reason.
This is, in fact, exactly what R2-D2 used its hologram system for in The Force Awakens.
Indeed, there is ample evidence from the films that droids frequently pilot spacecraft:
...including R2D2 in particular. After all, the R2 series are ...
Here is a possible answer: In our world, user interfaces that are meant to be used only by professionals are often difficult or impossible for the layman to use. Examples include the navigation system of a modern aircraft, or even paper systems like medical procedure codes.
Extending that to R2D2, it would make a lot of sense for him to communicate in a ...
I've been re-watching the movies and watching the Clone Wars series and studying the extended canon of books and video games and stuff lately and I've learned a few things. Simply put they are special and here's why.
C3PO: C3PO was built by Anakin (this should speak volumes). When C3PO was built, Anakin was a young prodigy and had the ability to build or ...
Because R2-D2 has been in the service of the Organas for years
From the Wookieepedia, remember that R2 and C-3PO were given to Bail after Padmé's death:
Following Padmé's death, R2 and 3PO passed into the service of Bail Organa of the Royal House of Alderaan, Alderaan's Senator and a good friend of the late Amidala. While C-3PO underwent a memory wipe, ...