EG-9 was an ancient, cobbled-together labor droid who was a mainstay of Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine. It was repairing a moisture vaporator shortly before the Boonta Eve Classic podrace in the year 32 BBY.
A fifth-degree droid, EG-9 was an ancient labor droid cobbled together from at least three different models of droids, including a salvaged Temirca droid head with a broken antenna, a Montoro serving drone body, repair worker arms, and wheels scavenged from a Verpine G9 droid. It was given an orange paint job with silver highlights for maximum visibility, and had gray photoreceptors.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "They must be important if the Viceroy sent one of those useless protocol gearheads to greet them."
"A Republic cruiser! That's trouble…don't you think?"
"I'm not made to think."
- ―PK-4 and EG-9, in a scene deleted from The Phantom Menace
EG-9 was originally created for the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, though his short, humorous scene, while scripted and included in early cuts, was left out of the final version. Despite this, it was included in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Illustrated Screenplay, released on May 3, 1999, which also featured a storyboard of the scene from the Lucasfilm Archives. An animatic of the scene, dubbed "Trash Talking Droids", was later included in Star Wars: The Complete Saga, a Blu-ray set that comprised the first six main Star Wars films along with three additional discs of bonus material that was released on September 12, 2011.
EG-9 was stationed aboard the Trade Federation flagship, the Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 cargo freighter Saak'ak. When the Consular-class cruiser Radiant VII arrived carrying Jedi ambassadors Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi shortly before the Invasion of Naboo, he and fellow worker droid PK-4 watched from the hallway to the docking bay.
PK-4 assumed the Jedi were important when Viceroy Nute Gunray sent TC-14, who they considered a "useless protocol gearhead", to greet them. When EG-9 noticed their ship belonged to the Galactic Republic, he asked if PK-4 thought it could mean trouble, to which the other droid responded that he was not made to think.
Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary, a Star Wars Legends reference book written by David West Reynolds and released on May 26, 1999, used an image of EG-9 to depict an unidentified droid, which later appeared in Podracing Tales, an online comic published on StarWars.com on December 19, 2000. This droid was only explicitly identified as EG-9 in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary, a revised edition of Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary written by Jason Fry and released on January 16, 2012, making the character canon within the Legends continuity.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (Appears in deleted scene(s))
- Podracing Tales (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Illustrated Screenplay (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 According to The New Essential Guide to Droids, labor droids are classified as fifth-degree droids.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Podracing Tales
- ↑ The Essential Reader's Companion dates the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to 32 BBY. As it takes place during the events of the film, it can be assumed that the events of Podracing Tales also take place in 32 BBY.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Illustrated Screenplay
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- ↑ The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary