- "Excuse me please, but you'll have to check that excess baggage. Huh? Oh, I'm terribly sorry, I didn't realize that was your husband. Heh heh, heh heh heh."
The G2 repair droid, nicknamed the "goose droid," was a model of maintenance droid manufactured by the SoroSuub Corporation. Their acute intellects made them wonderful conversationalists, but also made them flighty and unreliable. Though this made G2s unpopular with larger corporations, it endeared them to some customers, who allowed their droids to accumulate life experience over time. Notable units included G2-4T and G2-9T, who worked for the Star Tours travel agency before finding employment in the organization of smuggler Talon Karrde.
- "I had a G2 working for me a while back. It constantly talked about things unrelated to its job, and my circuits nearly fried just hearing it carry on. I had to rip out its vocabulator to finally shut it up."
- ―EV-6T6, on the G2 repair droid
Intended to assist with shipboard repairs, the second-degree G2 repair droid was short, standing 0.8 meters in height, a little shorter than standard R2-series astromech droids. They were also squat, with a wide, bottom-heavy stance that forced it to waddle when it walked. These traits, combined with its long, multi-jointed neck and widely spaced, weight-distributing feet earned it the nickname of "goose droid." Each G2 unit had a stripped-down, silver and brass-colored skeletal frame with exposed joints and wiring, featuring a color trim. Their three-digit heavy manipulators could grasp most repair tools, while their splayed feet aided in stabilizing their low center of gravity and gave them extra stability when dealing with large, heavy equipment. The G2's most recognizable feature was its binocular head, which contained a vocabulator capable of communicating in both Basic and Binary, two auditory sensors, and a pair of blue or white photorecpetors whose improved sensor packages included telescopic, microscopic, darkvision, and multi-spectrum capabilities. Each droid bore a unique ID number stenciled onto the side of its head in Aurebesh or High Galactic, a tool kit, and a diagnostics package.
Despite being equipped with basic processors, G2s units' intellects were so acute that they made wonderful conversationalist, but this same quality led to a flightiness that made them unreliable in their primary jobs and gravitate towards excessive chattiness, though they were still capable repair droids. This feature appeared to be hardwired into their behavioral circuitry matrices and could not be eliminated with memory wipes. Over time, the droids also developed a unique sense of humor, trading witticisms and bad jokes with anyone who took the time to listen.
G2 repair droids could be modified to perform different functions. A G2 could be modified into a reliable copilot by installing a tool appendage tip with a scomp link, as well as reprogramming it for piloting rather than mechanics. It could also be used to locate and defuse explosives by upgrading the droid with hardened systems, adding 5 kilograms of internal storage to its chassis, and attaching two tool appendages, one tipped with a laser cutter and the other an electroshock probe. Finally, G2s could be modified to function as scavengers by removing their legs and installing a repulsorlift unit in their place, attaching a set of electrobinoculars and a glow rod to improve the droid's visual capability. Finally, a removable storage bin or cart on a repulsorlift could be affixed to the droid's back so it could tow the scraps and equipment it found back to its master. As an alternative, a shell could be created and permanently attached to the droid, allowing it ro carry up to 25 kilograms of material instead of lugging around a separate unit. This option better protected the droid's haul, reducing the chance that it would lose anything it found.
- "That's the last G2 I'm ever going to buy."
- ―Talon Karrde, in reference to G2-9T
A custom Sullustan design, the G2 repair droid was introduced by SoroSuub Corporation in the decade following the Clone Wars, available licensed from 5,210 to 6,000 credits. Some customers, mostly family-owned business or pilots of independent starships, found their chatty behavior endearing and allowed their droids to accumulate life experience over time, with many finding themselves utilized as pilots and tour guides for civilian charter vessels instead of repair droids. Many owners even relieved their G2s of jobs and kept them around as companions.
Eventually, a number of G2s achieved an advanced degree of independent thought, resulting in a sudden explosion of wanderlust. In one notorious instance, a team of them stole a fueling freighter and set up their own community on an asteroid in the Chrellis system. The series' downfall, however, lay with the fact that larger corporations considered them a waste of money due to their tendency to talk rather than work; they generally had no time for the G2's foolishness and returned the units to the manufacturer, shrinking the line's market base. Complaints and a high number of returns from large corporations that bought the droids in bulk forced SoroSuub to retire the series in the year 12 ABY. In 14 ABY, however, they reintroduced the line with much fanfare when faced with a surprising outcry from fans of the G2, as well as near-constant requests from small business owners and other individuals.
G2 repair droids in the galaxyEdit
- "Hello! How are you? I'm, uh, G2-9T, fifth-degree labor droid. See, my job is to fix the pilots and navigators for Star Tours. It's a really neat job."
The Star Tours travel agency employed multiple G2 repair droids, including a tall, spindly G2 unit designated G2-3B, G2-4T, G2-5T, and G2-9T. G2-4T served as Star Tours' droid labor pool foreman, but he was given other tasks outside his intended programming, including handling ticketing, travel visas and security checks. His sarcastic personality and rude comments to passing customers often got him into trouble with his supervisors. Another goose droid, G2-9T, was formerly the property of a Troig diplomat and purchased in a "pay-by-the-kilogram" fire. Though he was much friendlier to waiting passengers than G2-4T, his eagerness to engage them in conversation and infuriatingly short attention span often distracted him from his work screening luggage. G2-9T was later returned to the repair work he was programmed for, but his spotty work record continued, which angered the company's organic operators. When accidents and mismanagement finally drove Star Tours out of business several months after the Battle of Endor, G2-4T and G2-9T drifted between masters before finding employment in the organization of smuggler and New Republic ally Talon Karrde.
A G2 repair droid once worked for the EV-series supervisor droid EV-6T6; its incessant blathering irritated her to such a degree that she resorted to ripping out its vocabulator to finally shut it up. She went on to speculate that a G2's unending stream of conversation was responsible for problems with ships at Sluis Van Shipyards, out of which several ships had flows out of in the past several weeks, only to experience difficulty with one or more primary systems just after leaving the star system. Due to increased pirate activity in the area of space, EV-6T6 considered that the G2s might have been working for them, though she had her doubts, believing that they would have already blurted out that information.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "The Goose Droids – We were moving pretty fast on Star Tours, and a lot of the things were created as we went along. Wanting droids for our Droid Room, and wanting them quickly, Imagineer Chris Tietz came up with the idea of raiding America Sings one night and grabbing two droids for our show! They got an extreme make-over and became some of the new characters invented for this show. The G2 name came about because of the fact that they were geese from America Sings…hence the "G"."
- ―Tom Fitzgerald
The G2 repair droid was created for the 1987 Disney simulator ride theme park attraction Star Tours, where he was featured in the ride's queue at each of its locations, which included each of Disney's resorts excluding Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort. It was first identified in The New Essential Guide to Droids, a Star Wars Legends reference book written by Daniel Wallace and released on June 27, 2006.
G2-4T and G2-9T, the two original G2 repair droids, were modified Audio-Animatronic geese from the now-defunct "America Sings" attraction stripped of their artificial skin and feathers, hence their in-universe nickname.
Despite The New Essential Guide to Droids establishing that the G2 repair droid was introduced in the decade following the Clone Wars, the Droid Programming mini-game in Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures claims that they were already in use during that era. This article assumes Clone Wars Adventures to be in error.
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Droid Programming" (Mentioned only)
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- Shadow Games
- 1986 ABC Sunday Night Movie Disneyland Star Tours Promotion (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Tours (First appearance)
- Specter of the Past (Mentioned only)
- The New Essential Guide to Droids (First identified as G2 repair droid)
- "Star Tours: Taking Off on a Star Tour"—Star Wars Insider 104
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Scavenger's Guide to Droids
- Strongholds of Resistance
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Strongholds of Resistance
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 The New Essential Guide to Droids
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 Scavenger's Guide to Droids
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Star Tours
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 304 ("G2-3B")
- ↑ Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- ↑ Shadow Games
- ↑ Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – "Droid Programming"