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WED-15-I662
Production information



Manufacturer

Cybot Galactica[1]

Product line

WED Treadwell repair droid[1]

Model

WED-15 Treadwell[1]

Class

Class-five repair droid[2]

Technical specifications



Sensor color

Black[1]

Plating color

Blue[1]

Equipment
Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Rebellion era[4]

WED-15-I662, also known as Eye-Six-Six-Too, was a WED-15 Treadwell repair droid produced by the Cybot Galactica company. In 0 BBY, during the Galactic Civil War, I662 was aboard a Jawa sandcrawler, the owners of which later captured the Rebel droids C-3PO and R2-D2. Soon afterward, Imperial sandtroopers boarded the vehicle in search of the Rebel droids, but when the sandtroopers were unable to find them, they destroyed the sandcrawler.

Biography

WED-15-I662, also known as Eye-Six-Six-Too,[5] was a WED-15 Treadwell repair droid produced by[1] Cybot Galactica, one of the galaxy's two largest droid manufacturing companies,[2] sometime before the Battle of Yavin. In 0 BBY, during the Galactic Civil War, I662 was aboard a Jawa sandcrawler[4] operated by Chief Nebit's clan[6] when the scavengers captured the Rebel protocol droid C-3PO and his counterpart, the astromech droid R2-D2. The next day, the sandcrawler stopped at the homestead of moisture farmer Owen Lars, where the Jawas wanted to sell some of their droids.[4] During the auction, I662 was about to leave the droid prison of the crawler and join the other droids outside when a Jawa stopped him.[3]

The Jawa's auction was successful, as both C-3PO and R2-D2 were sold to Lars.[4] Soon afterward, Imperial sandtroopers boarded the sandcrawler in search of the stolen plans of the Death Star battlestation, which were stored in R2-D2. Trooper 1023 spotted I662 while he searched the droid bay for C-3PO and R2-D2. However, the sandtroopers were unable to find the plans, and the Imperials destroyed the sandcrawler.[7]

Characteristics

WED-15-I662 was a standard class-five Treadwell,[2] typical of the thousands of such droids tasked with maintenance and repair of heavy machinery and starfighters.[5] I662 had a blue paint scheme and two rows of ten treaded wheels on its base.[3] The droid had binocular fine-focus vision, which helped it spot circuitry damage. I662's black photoreceptors were mounted on a long, extensible neck strut,[8] which also held its manipulator arms.[1]

Behind the scenes

Treadwell-bts

John Barry's production sketch of a Treadwell droid

In 1975, production designer John Barry designed WED-15-I662's model for use in George Lucas's 1977 film, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.[9] The same droid model was also used for the droid WED-15-77 and for another Treadwell during the filming of the movie.[1] Barry's sketch indicated that the model stood between four feet and four feet, six inches tall. Barry's notes showed that the prop had one functioning arm and housed a radio controller in its treadwell base to allow for off-screen crew members to control it. Scenes featuring the droid were shot on location in Tunisia in March 1976.[9]

I662 first appeared in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, released on May 25, 1977.[4] The droid went unnamed until 1995, when the base set of Decipher's Star Wars Customizable Card Game identified it as "WED15-I662."[10] Later, in 2008, The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia added a second hyphen to the droid's designation, thus making it similar to the names of other Treadwell droids.[5]

Appearances

Sources

Notes and references

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