Star Wars Insider #202 preview: Counting down R2-D2’s top five tools (exclusive)

Star Wars Insider #202 cover. Photo: Titan.
Star Wars Insider #202 cover. Photo: Titan. /

Ready for more behind-the-scenes looks at the world of Star Wars? Look no further than the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, which is out now!

Like all issues, Star Wars Insider #202 is packed to the brim with tons of new stories to satisfy your Star Wars needs. And we’ve got an exclusive excerpt from issue #202 to share with you today.

In this preview, they’re counting down the top five tools that the galaxy’s most helpful astromech, R2-D2, has. And you may even learn a thing or two about all the equipment R2-D2 carries. (After all, he’s been around in every trilogy, helping the likes of Anakin Skywalker, Princess Leia and even Rey.) And on top of that, we have some exciting new images to share from Star Wars Insider as well — just in time for Star Wars Day. You can check all that out below!

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Star Wars Insider #202 cover. Photo: Titan. /
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Star Wars Insider #202. Photo: Titan. /
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R2-D2 from Star Wars Insider #202. Photo: Titan. /

Star Wars Insider #202 preview

Everyone knows that R2-D2 is the real hero of the Star Wars saga. Like a rolling Swiss Army knife, our favorite astromech droid has a tool for every eventuality, finding creative applications that even his makers probably didn’t intend. Here’s a look at the top five tools of the hero with a thousand devices.

05 Scanner Antenna

R2-D2 deployed this life-form sensing device to search for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, lost in a snowstorm on Hoth. Why he never made use of it to avoid being ambushed by Ewoks or surprised by Yoda, we’ll never know.

04 Periscope

Short help is better than no help, but being short has its limitations! R2-D2’s extendable auxiliary visual imaging system gave the little droid a better view, especially when submerged in a swamp or buried in desert sand.

03 Universal Computer Interface Arm

Our astromech friend extended his “scomp link” to access computers for information, open doors, operate elevators, and shut down a giant molten metal dispenser. We guess it had built-in firewall protection for the latter!

02 Fire Extinguisher

The cunning astromech’s integrated fire extinguisher was great for tackling unexpected conflagrations, but who would have thought a humble droid would use it as a smokescreen to cover an escape route for his friends? Not your average Imperial stormtrooper, that’s for sure!

01 “The Zapper”

Designed for recharging dead machinery, minor welding jobs, and testing circuits, R2 found an innovative new use for his “zapper” (otherwise known as a power charge arm): pest control! Salacious B. Crumb and Ewoks alike were “shocked” when R2 trained his improvised weapon on them.

Check out more of R2-D2’s top tools; go beneath the dome with droid builder Lee Towersey and R2-D2 performer Hassan Taj; read interviews with Star Wars authors Timothy Zahn, Claudia Gray and Kristin Baver; go behind-the-scenes of Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge and much more! Only in Star Wars Insider #202 on sale NOW!

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