R2-D2 Drone

Most drones aren’t aesthetically pleasing, but Otto Dieffenbach has built one that will most certainly appease Star Wars fans, as it was designed to look exactly like a giant R2-D2 astromech, minus the sounds. On a related note, did you know that R2-D2 was designed in artwork by Ralph McQuarrie and co-developed by John Stears but actually built by Tony Dyson, who ran his own studio called “The White Horse Toy Company” in the UK? Continue reading for three videos of it in-action.

The name is said to derive from when Lucas was making one of his earlier films, American Graffiti. Sound editor Walter Murch states that he is responsible for the utterance which sparked the name for the droid. Murch asked for Reel 2, Dialog Track 2, in the abbreviated form “R-2-D-2”. Lucas, who was in the room and had dozed off while working on the script for Star Wars, momentarily woke when he heard the request and, after asking for clarification, stated that it was a “great name” before falling immediately back to sleep.