R7-T1 was an R7-series astromech droid that was produced
by Industrial Automaton some time after the Battle of Endor.
R7-T1 had a shorter name, or rather designation number,
often called just as RT, nicknamed Artee. Such an R7 served as Luke
Skywalker's in-flight astromech droid when the Jedi borrowed an
escort starfighter from the New Republic Defense Force for a brief time during
the Black Fleet Crisis. (The Black Fleet Crisis Novel "Before The Storm"
written by Michael P. Kube-McDowell, which deals with the events after The
Return Of The Jedi, I do not know too much from this era.) However, Skywalker
never became comfortable with either the E-wing or the R7 astromech droid, and
as soon as possible he abandoned them in favor of his usual X-wing starfighter
and his old pal and trustworthy astromech droid, R2-D2.
However, this is a very peripherical information, even big
Star Wars fans don’t know these stories. So when R7-T1 was first released,
many fans just stared at the robot, wandering who this droid is, created by
Hasbro in their "Droid Factory" or better known as Build a droid series. But
since the promotion was strong, and many fans liked the droid, many of them
bought is, or put it together from the BAD parts. There was one part of the
droid in each of the following items, packaged with several action figures in
2008. Saesee Tiin (right leg), Padme Amidala (left leg), Mon Calamari Warrior
(torso), and Quarren Soldier (head and middle leg).
R7-T1 is visually very
and seems new, but f you take a closer look it similar to R2, with only paint
differences (the pattern of panels on the droid's torso). The only big REAL
difference is the triangular "eye". The inner utilities and arms remained
hidden behind the chest panel somewhere. The droid has a nice electronic on
its neck area, some wires and some sorts of techs stuff. Its legs have rocket
boosters, which the droid uses when flies. Each leg includes a removable
rocket attachment from some sort of fire (?) comes out. The leg panel is
painted blue, which flips open to deploy the rocket when the droid starts
flying. The third leg is just a plug-in, so if you want your R7-T1 bipedal
it's just a matter of removing it. Then the droid stands straight. If you
attach the middle leg, the droid leans a bit backwards, pushing its stomach
ahead, forming the basic and usual stance of the astromechs. All three legs
have little rolls in them, so you can move the figure by pushing it, it will
start rolling. R7-T1 has the typical 5 astromech joints (dome, 2 legs, 2
ankles) and a very cleanly applied paint application with no dirty or battle
was developed under a corporate secret during the Thrawn Crisis, to act as a
dedicated counterpart to FreiTek's new E-wing starfighter. Although the R7 is
considered to be the most advanced series of astromech droids in the galaxy,
boasting a navicomputer equivalent to
small starships, and protection against power surges and low-level ion blasts
because of their heavy shield against electrical discharges, and a typical R7
unit could hold up to fifteen hyperspace jump coordinates in its astrogation
buffer, yet the droid was not too popular since its incompatibility with
anything but the E-wing. Only one known R7 unit (known only as "Fiver") was
made compatible with an XJ-series X-wing by Anakin Solo, although it took
extensive modifications to both the droid and the starfighter.
This is quite a good astromech droid, which will most
likely appeal to astromech droid fans, or lovers of the Expanded Universe, or
fans of The Black Fleet Crisis novels. I’m myself rather a astromech lover, so
I made this one as a member of my astrodroid collection. Built from BAD
pieces, on leg was only missing, but I replaced it with a similar leg. Guess
Take a look at my custom R7-T1
droid figure front
R7-T1 B-A-D figure, and a leg that I used
Thanks for your attention, come back soon, there are and will be some more other interesting things here, waiting for you!
written and translated by: Norbert Rostas 2013.08.21.