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Skippy the Jedi Droid
Attribution information
Writer

Peter David

Penciller

Martin Egeland

Inker

Howard M. Shum

Letterer

Vickie Williams

Colorist

Harold MacKinnon

Editor

Peet Janes

Publication information
Publisher

Dark Horse Comics

Published in

Star Wars Tales 1

Pages

8

General information
Era

Rebellion era

Timeline

0 BBY (35:3 GrS)

Preceded by

Extinction, Part 1

Followed by

Routine

Skippy the Jedi Droid is an 8-page story featured in Star Wars Tales #1, written by Peter David. It takes place shortly before and during Episode IV, and features R5-D4 as "Skippy".

Plot summaryEdit

Skipp the droid

Skippy, the Jedi droid.

Obi-Wan Kenobi leaves a cantina, sensing the Force in someone. But no matter how hard he looked, he wasn't able to find anyone, despite his great ability in the Force. Suddenly, unbeknownst to Obi-Wan, an astromech droid serving drinks at Jabba's Palace is bumped into by Boba Fett, spilling one of the drinks from his tray. But before it can hit the ground, the droid, named R5-D4, is able to reach out with his mind and turn the drink back in its upright position and serve it to Jabba the Hutt; thankfully nobody had noticed what had just happened, as it had gone by so fast.

One day, R5 removed his restraining bolt with the Force, and Force persuaded the Gamorrean guards to let him leave. Skippy wandered the desert for days in search of his destiny, until finally he was picked up by a Jawa sandcrawler. There he had visions of Darth Vader and Princess Leia, and met R2-D2 and C-3PO. Eventually the Sandcrawler stopped, took all the droids out, and lined them up side by side in front of Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker. Skippy immediately sensed the Force in Luke, and persuaded Owen to choose him. Skippy was ecstatic at the undoubtable destiny that lay before him and Luke.

However, R5 soon envisioned that, without Luke, stormtroopers would come and take R2 back to Vader, where he would be destroyed and Leia would be killed, leading to a chain reaction of horror that will include the Rebellion being destroyed, R2's memory being wiped after 3PO refuses to translate his 'rubbish', and Luke dying on Tatooine without ever fulfilling his destiny. R5 knew what he had to do, and suddenly set off a mild explosion inside himself, leading Luke to believe that he had a busted motivator. Skippy then used the Force on 3PO, telling Luke to buy R2 instead. Owen did so, never knowing the great deed that R5 had just done.

AppearancesEdit

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Behind the scenesEdit

In the in-universe article Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena, the legend of Skippy the Jedi Droid is mentioned. This means that while this Tales story is not wholly canon, the legend of Skippy does exist.

Skippy also appears as a mascot for teaching Padawans, much like a cartoon character would impart important life lessons, in the also non-canonical story Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace.

Droids bearing resemblance to Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Bender of Futurama make appearances among the droids who make fun of Skippy. (If his appearance in the fan film TROOPS, and Star Wars: Chewbacca are counted, this is Tom Servo's third Star Wars appearance; they both also re-appear, with Skippy, in Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace) The Robinsons' robot from the series Lost in Space also makes an appearance later on (he previously appeared in Zorba the Hutt's Revenge).

A tribute to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is given when the narration states, "All of the other droids used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Skippy join in any droid-type games."

Skippy also used the phrase "I'm not the droid you're looking for," a tribute to Obi-Wan Kenobi's line in ANH.

MistakesEdit

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In one scene it shows an IG-series droid with different hands.

Tusken Raiders are referred to as the sand people from Tusken, but Tusken Raiders are really named after Fort Tusken which they invaded, not for their point of origin.


Star Wars Tales
Tales 1: Life, Death, and the Living Force · Mara Jade: A Night on the Town · Extinction, Part 1 · Skippy the Jedi Droid · Senshi
Tales 2: Routine · Extinction, Part 2 · Stop That Jawa! · Incident at Horn Station
Tales 3: The Death of Captain Tarpals · Deal with a Demon · Lady Luck · Three Against the Galaxy
Tales 4: Moment of Doubt · A Death Star Is Born · Spare Parts · Sand Blasted
Tales 5: Yaddle's Tale: The One Below · What They Called Me · A Summer's Dream · Hoth · Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
Tales 6: The Hovel on Terk Street · A Hot Time in the Cold Town Tonite! · Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc · Junkheap Hero · The Hidden · Thank the Maker
Tales 7: Single Cell · Nerf Herder · Jedi Chef · Outbid But Never Outgunned · Force Fiction
Tales 8: Captain Threepio · The One That Got Away · The Secret Tales of Luke's Hand! · Death Star Pirates · Bad Business
Tales 9: Resurrection · Hate Leads to Lollipops · The Rebel Four
Tales 10: Trooper · Skreej · Nameless · A Wookiee Scorned! · Free Memory
Tales 11: Prey · In the Beginning · The Princess Leia Diaries · Tall Tales · Ghost
Tales 12: A Day in the Life · A Jedi's Weapon · The Revenge of Tag & Bink · Once Bitten · The Duty
Tales 13: Puzzle Peace · The Secret of Tet-Ami · Survivors · Stones · The Sith in the Shadow · Children of the Force
Tales 14: Apocalypse Endor · The Emperor's Court · Urchins · Tides of Terror · The Lesson · Smuggler's Blues · Mythology
Tales 15: Sandstorm · First Impressions · Falling Star · Do or Do Not · Slippery Slope · Lucky Stars
Tales 16: The Other · Best Birthday Ever · The Long, Bad Day · Kessel Run · Lunch Break · Heart of Darkness
Tales 17: Planet of the Dead · All for You · Phantom Menaces · Ghosts of Hoth · The Apprentice · Dark Journey
Tales 18: Number Two in the Galaxy · Payback · Being Boba Fett · The Way of the Warrior · Revenants
Tales 19: Collapsing New Empires · The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated · Rather Darkness Visible · The Rebel Club · The Lost Lightsaber · Into the Great Unknown · Storyteller
Tales 20: George R. Binks · Who's Your Daddy · Fred Jawa · Luke Skywalker: Detective · Hunger Pains · Failing Up With Jar Jar Binks · Nobody's Perfect · Problem Solvers · Melvin Fett · Young Lando Calrissian
Tales 21: Nomad Chapter One · Walking the Path That's Given · Equals & Opposites
Tales 22: Honor Bound · Nomad Chapter Two · Marooned
Tales 23: Shadows and Light · Nomad Chapter Three · Lucky
Tales 24: Marked · Fett Club · Unseen, Unheard · Nomad Chapter Four
Trade paperbacks
Tales Volume 1 · Tales Volume 2 · Tales Volume 3 · Tales Volume 4 · Tales Volume 5 · Tales Volume 6
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