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The Essential Guide to Droids
Attribution
Author(s)

Daniel Wallace

Editor(s)

Sue Rostoni (Lucasfilm) and Steve Saffel (Del Rey)

Illustrator(s)

Bill Hughes, Troy Vigil

Publication information
Publisher

Del Rey

Publish date

February 16, 1999

Type

Paperback

ISBN

0345420675

Polish cover - Ilustrowany przewodnik po robotach i androidach Gwiezdnych Wojen

The fifth book in Del Rey's Essential Guide series, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Droids features an in-depth look at one hundred astromech, Protocol, and other intelligent automatons from the original trilogy and Expanded Universe, each with its own two-page spread including detailed schematics. Links from this article will go to articles detailing the droid model, rather than a particular unit. In 2006, an updated version of the book known as the The New Essential Guide to Droids was released, to accommodate the various droids from the prequel trilogy.

Contents

Publisher's summary

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER...DROID!

They can be anything from nursemaids to surgeons, diplomats to assassins. They walk, roll and fly— and communicate in languages ranging from whistles and beeps to Standard Basic to the most obscure alien dialect. MixRMastRs make drinks in spaceport cantinas, Basilisks make war wherever they're deployed, and IT-0 Interrogators make life night-marish for prisoners of the Empire.

Droids are an integral and indispensable part of the Star Wars universe. And this comprehensive guide surveys all myriad models and classes—from the lowliest drones to the most sophisticated humanoid automatons.

  • Discover the evolution of the R-series droids, whose members include lumbering technicians and skilled X-wing navigators such as R2-D2
  • Learn the curious history of the MSE-6 "mouse" droids employed exclusively in the bases and on Imperial starships of the Empire
  • Explore the workings of the malevolent Shadow Droids: machines with living, organic brains

Whatever its design and wherever it may be found in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, if the subject is droid, its definitive data on development, history, and technology is included in this essential technical guide.

Many of the droids in the old book were removed or replaced in the new installment of the book, mostly being replaced by Clone Wars or New Jedi Order units .

Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • A Guide to Major Manufacturers
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Astromech

Protocol

Medical

Household service

Commercial service

Municipal

Business

Heavy industrial

Agricultural

Courier/transport

Labor

Maintenance

Repair

Starship-based

Military

Assassins

Training/gladiatorial

Security

Interrogation

Espionage

Specialized use

One of a kind

Essential Guides
First generation
Characters · Vehicles and Vessels · Weapons and Technology · Planets and Moons · Droids · Chronology · Alien Species · Episode I (cancelled)
Second generation
New Characters · New Vehicles and Vessels · New Weapons and Technology · New Chronology · New Droids · New Alien Species
Third generation
The Force · Atlas · Military

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