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STAR WARS BLUE SERIES CARDS 2 and 3: THE DROIDS

1Two more STAR WARS CARDS from the BLUE SERIES, these are number TWO and THREE… The third card being possibly the most important, memorable and beloved droid and/or character of the 1977sw2 film, R2D2… That groundbreaking cinematic catapult to the original trilogy, later retitled A NEW HOPE, but could you imagine rabid fans of this amazing adventure saying: “Have you seen A NEW HOPE yet?” Sounding more like a soap opera, HOPE doesn’t quite have the ring of STAR WARS… And creator George Lucas didn’t even know if WARS, constantly maligned by the studio while in production, would fly for there to even be continuing episodes. And the second card is a horizontal showing C3PO, R2’s futzy partner who brags about knowing millions of languages and usually doesn’t have a nice thing to say to his stubby counterpart, who usually makes the more logical decision. The title of the third card is simply THE LITTLE DROID, ARTOO-DETOO and the1734.full second SEE-THREEPIO AND ARTOO-DETOO, although we only see R2’s cap, which, by the way, dern1appears at the end of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, hanging above a tied-up Harrison Ford and Karen Allen during the ghoulish Ark demonstration, and as viewed to the top left of the picture to your right: A complete R2D2 hanging upsidedown on the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND spaceship. Later on in the STAR WARS series the droids would be, on paper, described by numbers instead of letters, probably a way of making them more “human” to the audience. You must remember, when these cards came out, a generation was just learning the characters… they were not legendary, just yet. It’s been said that Lucas was inspired by Bruce Dern’s helpful robots in SILENT RUNNING for R2D2, pictured above to the left, although as a pair, R2D2 and C3PO could be homage to any opposing comedy duo bantering back and forth, despite the first speaking only a series of bleeps and blips, and always getting the last “word” in the process.

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