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DUM-series pit droid
Production information
Homeworld

Cyrillia

Manufacturer

Serv-O-Droid[1]

Product line

DUM-series

Model

DUM-series pit droid

Technical specifications


Height

1.19 meters[2][1]

Mass

35 kilograms[3]

Gender

Masculine programming

Armament

None

Equipment
  • Hardened alloy casing[1]
  • Monocular photoreceptor[1]
Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"Ah, these pit droids. You gotta tell 'em what to do every minute!"
Watto[src]

DUM-series pit droids were droids manufactured by Serv-O-Droid, Inc. and constructed in large quantities on Cyrillia by the native Cyrillians for use in labor, repair and light construction.

CharacteristicsEdit

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A pair of pit droids hard at work, demonstrating their immense strength

Pit droids stood at a relatively diminutive 1.19 meters tall and came in many different colors. Their most remarkable feature was their immense strength, able to carry objects many times their own size or weight. This enabled them to repair automata such as podracers at a remarkable pace.

Their immense strength would make a malfunctioning (or unattended) unit extremely hazardous, possibly resulting in significant damage. The most hazardous of these was a damaged ON/OFF button, the risk of which caused many owners to keep ion blaster on hand as a precautionary measure. If a unit was past the brink of repair they would need to be disposed of, almost always resulting in the disintegration of the unfortunate droid.

Pit droids could compress themselves into a compact, disk-shaped package. A tap on their "nose" would signal them to return to their upright position, and vice-versa. There were also launchers specifically made to automatically decompress and release individual pit droids, one at a time.[6] The antenna on their disk shaped heads served as a means of communication with other droids, allowing a group of droids to collaborate on a project more efficiently and thereby expediting its completion.

HistoryEdit

They had seen much use on Tatooine in Watto's Shop and at the Boonta Eve Classic working on podracers, though a handful were also purchased by Aneesa Dym to make repairs to her ship, the Dusty Duck. When Jar Jar Binks visited Watto's Shop in 32 BBY, he accidentally activated a dormant pit droid, although he quickly turned it off when Anakin Skywalker informed him to hit it in the nose.

During the Boonta Eve Classic of 32 BBY while the racer Ody Mandrell had his pod in a pit-stop, a single DUM-series pit droid was sucked into the engine and thrown out the opposite end of the engine. The droid "survived," (even letting out a cheer of excitement) but Ody's engine did not, costing him the race. Pit droids would also be used to scavenge any reusable rubble from podracers that had blown apart. This action could be quite hazardous, as the droids were likely to be destroyed by functional podracers that were still running the course; the low cost of an individual unit made the loss of a single droid worth the risk.

In 22 BBY, the first year of the Clone Wars, several pit droids assisted Corporate Alliance Magistrate Passel Argente on unloading much of the Magistrate's treasure in Lessu, the capital city of Ryloth.[5] Another pit droid, WAC-47, was assigned to D-Squad, after serving Commander Neyo of the 91st Reconnaissance Corps, which was formed to steal a Separatist encryption module during a mission.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Two highly incompetent pit droids.

In the game Star Wars: Pit Droids (Lucas Learning Games), the droids have various equipment: ladders, wrenches, cases, gas tanks, or nothing. They also have different colored heads and bodies.

In LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, DUM-series pit droids are featured as playable characters, although they are incapable of doing anything useful. This is likely because the character was only added for novelty purposes.

According to the DVD commentary in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, a scene that showed a squabble between three pit droids was a homage to The Three Stooges.

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