Why Look For Droids When You Can Build One?

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Ryan Huffman at work on his third R2 unit. Image: John Booth

Despite their similarities, all Astromechs aren’t built alike.

The R2-D2 Builders’ room here at Star Wars Celebration V is just bursting with a display of creativity and DIY know-how from all over the world. Way more to see here than just your father’s Artoo: Expanded Universe variations, full customs, sound systems, RC, the works.

Image: John Booth

Of course, you combine building a life-sized Artoo with another GeekDad favorite toy, and you get this nice piece of work from Virginia industrial automation engineer Andrew Schwartz:

Image: John Booth

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