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"If I need welding, I see a manumitted power droid named AMPS."
―Rey writes about EGL-21 in her survival guide[src]

EGL-21, also known as "AMPS" or "Amps," was a manumitted power droid based in Niima Outpost on the desert planet Jakku. He welded objects for scavengers in exchange for power, spare gas canisters, interesting metals, or a good joke. The droid and his mechanical colleague GTAW-74 could sometimes be spotted in the shade trading jokes that their customers had brought them. The scavenger Rey often spent time thinking up jokes to trade with EGL-21 for his services.

BiographyEdit

"AMPS doesn't eat rations, of course, but he'll weld in exchange for a recharge, spare gas canisters, metals he finds interesting, or a good joke. I spend a lot of time driving across the Goazon trying to think of jokes AMPS will decide are worth a trade."
―Rey, writing in her survival guide[src]
Amps in Niima

EGL-21 in Niima Outpost

EGL-21 was the designation of a power droid who was also known by the nicknames "AMPS"[1] or "Amps."[3] By the year 34 ABY,[4] he was manumitted and based on the desert planet Jakku in Niima Outpost, a trading center controlled by the junk dealer Unkar Plutt. There, the droid would offer his services as a welder to scavengers in exchange for a recharge, spare gas canisters, interesting metals, or a good joke, as the ration portions that most of the scavengers traded in were useless to him.[1]

EGL-21 sketch

Rey's sketch of EGL-21

The welding droid GTAW-74 was a colleague of EGL-21, and the pair could sometimes be spotted together in the shade trading jokes that their customers had brought to them.[3] The scavenger Rey sometimes traded with EGL-21 and would try and think of jokes he might like while she was traveling across the Goazon Badlands. At some point, she wrote about the power droid in a survival guide she was compiling and included a drawing of him.[1]

In 34 ABY,[4] EGL-21 walked through one of the tents in Niima Outpost and passed by Rey and the astromech droid BB-8 arguing with the former First Order stormtrooper Finn. Soon after, the First Order attacked Niima Outpost.[5]

CharacteristicsEdit

EGL-21 was a power droid with masculine programming who enjoyed a good joke.[1] He had gray plating[5] and the capability to weld objects.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

EGL-21 was created for the 2015 sequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. He was not identified in the film[5] but was simultaneously named through the books Rey's Survival Guide and Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, which were released in conjunction with the film and written by Jason Fry and Pablo Hidalgo, respectively.[1][6]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Rey's Survival Guide
  2. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 StarWars-DatabankII EGL-21 "Amps" Power Droid in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens to 34 ABY. As the final entries in Rey's Survival Guide describe events from the film, earlier entries in the journal, including the mention of EGL-21, must have been written no later than 34 ABY.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
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