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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

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 ...
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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

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 ...
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Why did the Lars family need an astromech droid?

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,...
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How could rebels trust R2-D2?

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 ...
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Why does R2-D2 have an actor inside nowadays?

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) ...
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Has R2-D2 ever used its rocket thrusters to fly outside of Attack of the Clones?

He uses them again (very briefly) in the next film, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith in the scene in the hangar: and again later in the scene, to escape from a pile of debris:
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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

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 ...
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Has R2-D2 ever used its rocket thrusters to fly outside of Attack of the Clones?

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 ...
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Has R2-D2 ever used its rocket thrusters to fly outside of Attack of the Clones?

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 ...
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How much was R2-D2 damaged by Darth Vader during the battle of Yavin?

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 ...
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How could rebels trust R2-D2?

    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 (...
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Why didn't R2D2 recognize Obi-Wan in a New Hope?

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-...
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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

There is a lot of great evidence and reasoning in the other answers. Let me also offer this hypothesis: The droids actually are very valuable. but The Jawas actually don't know the value of the droids....
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R2D2 sounds similar to "Arturito" when spoken out loud. Was this intended?

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 ...
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Why did the Lars family need an astromech droid?

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 ...
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Why did Princess Leia choose R2-D2?

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 ...
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2-D2?

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. ...
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Kenny Baker's attitude toward Star Wars

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 ...
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Why did R2-D2 not fly in Return of the Jedi?

This is very briefly covered in a footnote in the (Disney-canon) Star Wars novel Return of the Jedi - Beware the Power of the Dark Side. Somewhere, deep in his memory banks, R2 remembers a time ...
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How could rebels trust R2-D2?

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 ...
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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

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 ...
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Why did R2-D2 have the ability to record & project holograms?

I'm not sure whether there is a canon answer, but I can think of one rather simple reason. Projecting starmaps This is, in fact, exactly what R2-D2 used its hologram system for in The Force Awakens. ...
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Why did Princess Leia choose R2-D2?

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 ...
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2-D2?

I have always suspected a Rainbow D2 vacuum cleaner was the inspiration for the design as well as for the name. The D2 was a 1960's version of the Rainbow vacuum.
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Why did the Lars family need an astromech droid?

If you listen to C3PO's complaints while walking on Tatooine, and read the novelisation of Star Wars, you'll realise that Tatooine is a very harsh environment for a droid, with sand infiltration ...
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Did Anakin modify R2-D2, or do all R2 units come with crazy gadgets?

According to the Star Wars: Blueprints - The Ultimate Collection factbook, the standard loadout for an R2 unit includes two manipulator arms, an electric arc welder (which Artoo periodically uses as ...
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When does R2-D2 try to electrocute Yoda?

He doesn't. Or at least he doesn't in the film. Here's a complete transcript of the scene from Empire: "With the aid of a walking stick, the tiny stranger moves over to one of the cases of ...
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Has R2-D2 ever used its rocket thrusters to fly outside of Attack of the Clones?

Early in Revenge of the Sith R2D2 briefly uses its thrusters to start a fire (after spraying some sort of black combustible liquid - possibly oil) to destroy 2 droids as Anakin and Obi-Wan are ...
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Is there any actual written dialog for the astromech droids?

Nope. In the script it's all "BB-8 Beeps excitedly" and "BB-8 Bleeps mournfully", and so on. As far as his 'conversation' with R2-D2 is concerned, this is what you get: LOW WITH BB-8 as he rolls ...
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Why does R2-D2's computer interface arm rotate?

These are officially called scomp links. They are the standard data interface for the Star Wars universe. The only explanation is that computers of the day (in-universe) seem to have quite a few ...
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