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K-3PO was a 3PO protocol droid who served as a captain in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. The droid was stationed at Echo Base on the planet Hoth, and was destroyed when the command center sustained enemy fire during the Battle of Hoth.


K-3PO destroyed

K-3PO was destroyed during the Battle of Hoth

Manufactured by Cybot Galactica,[3] by the year 3 ABY,[1] K-3PO[4] served as a captain[7] in the military of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The protocol droid worked in the military command center of Echo Base on the planet Hoth, where it monitored troop movements, personally delivered messages, and operated the loudspeaker announcement systems.[4] K-3PO was monitoring a tactical screen when Captain Han Solo informed General Carlist Rieekan of his intention to leave Rebellion and pay off his debt to the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. When the Galactic Empire invaded Hoth, the droid was present in the command center when the Rebels fired off the Battle of Hoth's opening shots from Echo Base's[2] v-150 Planet Defender[8] ion cannon. However, K-3PO did not survive the battle, and was destroyed when the command center sustained damage from enemy fire.[2]


A third class droid,[4] K-3PO was a 3PO protocol droid with white plating and a pair of yellow photoreceptors.[2] The droid stood 1.67 meters in height[5] and weighed 75 kilograms,[6] while a pair of red pips on the right of its chest[2] denoted K-3PO's rank of captain.[7] The droid's memory banks were full of battle tactics.[9]

Behind the scenesEdit

K-3PO was originally created for NPR's Star Wars Legends The Empire Strikes Back radio dramatization,[10] first broadcast on February 14, 1983,[11] where it was credited simply as "Coordinator Droid."[10] The droid was first identified as K-3PO in the second edition of Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back, a 1996 supplement written by Michael Stern and Pablo Hidalgo for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, which retconned the Coordinator Droid into being one and the same as a protocol droid extra[12] portrayed by Chris Parsons[13] in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,[2] who was also a stand-in for Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and played 4-LOM.[13] This name became canon when it was used in Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, a reference book written by Adam Bray, Kerrie Dougherty, Cole Horton, and Michael Kogge[9] and released on September 4, 2015.[14]


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