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GNK power droid
Production information

Industrial Automaton




Power droid

Technical specifications

1.1 meters



Chronological and political information
"Gonk. Gonk."
―A GNK droid

GNK power droids, also known as gonk droids, were an Industrial Automaton knockoff of the successful EG-6 power droid.



A GNK power droid in Mos Espa

GNK power droids were effectively power generators with legs and a very simple Artificial Intelligence so they could understand rudimentary commands. They were commonly found on under-developed worlds that did not have an expansive power grid, or in mobile military operations.

They often made a low honking noise that sounded like the word "gonk," resulting in the nickname gonk droid or simply gonk. This form of droidspeak was referred to as "Gonkian."


Sometime after the Battle of Endor, rumors began to spread regarding a "Cult of the Power Droids." Apparently, a pair of GNK Power Droids would come to one's door and request funding for a religious fringe group. Advice from renowned linguist Ebenn Q3 Baobab was that one should merely utter the phrase "Gonk. Gonk. Gonk ko kyenga see," a highly controversial statement that was not allowed to be legally translated (see Baobab Security Directive 51-C).

Behind the scenes

The GNK power droid derives its name from the "gonk" sound it makes in Episode IV. The droid was originally called simply a "power droid", but a newsgroup posting in 1993 (see [1], [2]) led to the now-canon name becoming universally popular almost overnight.


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