Star Wars Minute 19: The Sad Death of R5-D4

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June 27th, 2013.


Minute 19 of Star Wars: Our second-favorite R2 unit meets an untimely demise. Was it…MURDER?


Tricia Allen



  • After R5-D4 blows its motivator, it then re-appears in the droid lineup.


  • A comic about R5-D4 depicts its bad motivator as an act of self-sacrifice.
  • C-3PO indifferently walking away from R2-D2.
  • The brief R5-D4 scene as a plot device.

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  • The story of R5-D4 comes from the Dark Horse Comics anthology Star Wars Tales 1. In this comic, it is revealed R5-D4 is also known as "Skippy the Droid".
  • R5-D4 and the Bad Motivator later make their way onto a shirt at


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