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

I don't think that you can consider the value of these droids together. One is way more valuable than the other. C-3PO is an example of what must be a fairly common piece of equipment in a galactic ...
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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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How could rebels trust R2-D2?

not the droids you are looking for (but...) Out-of-universe theory here. Basically: R2D2 and C3PO got in the prequels because they were supposed to raise sales for the prequel movies. Ask: which ...
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2-D2?

He appears to be based off a common park trash bin. It's spot-on.
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How could rebels trust R2-D2?

During the time that R2 worked with Anakin, Anakin was a good guy. So he would have had no reason to try and control R2 during that time. They both served wholeheartedly and were committed to the ...
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What is the first on-screen use of R2-D2's "taser"?

In terms of release date, Artoo first uses his "shock prod" to break Leia's bonds in Return of the Jedi. Shortly afterwards he uses the same appendage to shock Salacious Crumb. Much later in the ...
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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

It is plausible that the Jawas didn't know the true worth of C-3PO or R2-D2. Jawas are desert-dwelling scavengers who are just out to make money quickly, and will resort to theft to do so. As such, ...
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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

I think there is a false juxtaposition to this question. The kind of droids that a desert farmer can expect to be able to acquire from junk-trading Jawas is probably usually of minimal value. The ...
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Why does R2-D2's computer interface arm rotate?

all data storage technology of the time rotated in some way. hard drives, floppy disks, tape reels, Zip disk, Jazz drive. it rotated the media to the read head. think of it like an old school record......
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What is the first on-screen use of R2-D2's "taser"?

You are correct R2-D2 uses electric discharge for welding, as seen in "The Empire Strikes Back", when Millenium Falcon is damaged by the enemy fire. First time he used this ability to shock beings ...
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Can all such Astromech droids stand up like this?

I've never seen an R2 unit stand up like that, and we have a pretty good idea what they look like on the inside. I think it must be a custom modification.
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Was the ground really "much too rocky" for R2?

In-Universe: From the original script1: Suddenly Artoo whistles, makes a sharp right turn and starts off in the direction of the rocky desert mesas. Threepio stops ...
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Why didn't R2D2 recognize Obi-Wan in a New Hope?

Obi wan would've recognised him straight away, but I've also read the theory that the way he phrases his responses to R2 kinda tell the droid, 'dont recognise me'. As if Luke realised they knew each ...
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2-D2?

I am a Rainbow Sales Rep and in the list of famous people who owns Rainbows, George Lucas is one of them and he owned one (not sure if he still does) back in the 1970's when he was writing Star Wars ...
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2-D2?

I actually once heard that the inspiration was a Danish brand of Hoover/Vacuum Cleaner from the company Nilsen & Fisker called Nilfisk. You can see the resemblance with the 3 wheels and the shape ...
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What is the maximum degree of rotation of R2-D2's primary limbs?

Legends — A full 360 degrees In the C-Canon Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO episode "Tail of the Roon Comets", R2-D2 is shown to be capable of breakdancing, which involves ...
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