2013 R2d2 Star Wars Lucas Film Ltd &tm User Manual

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Readers and rebels: lock S-foils in attack position.

  • When we first see R2D2 (in The Phantom Menace), he is one of several robots aboard Queen Amidala's space cruiser fleeing Naboo for Tatooine. He clearly belongs to Padme. When we first see C3P0, he is in the final stages of being assembled by Anaki.
  • Star Wars Rebels is a classic adventure full of action and hope Rebels comes from the imagination of many of the same team who brought Star Wars: The Clone Wars to life, and explores entirely new realms in the Star Wars mythology with the same spirit as the classic films.

Rebel Starfighters Owners’ WorkshopManual, a look at the history of Rebel Alliance and Resistance fighters, arrives November 12 from Haynes Publishing and Insight Editions, the team behind Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual and TIE Fighter Owners’ Workshop Manual. The book is a deep dive into a galactic alphabet of starfighters, including A-wings, B-wings, X-wings, and more, featuring design origins, production, and modifications for each rebel starfighter, and is fully illustrated with photographs, schematics, and exploded diagrams. StarWars.com caught up with writer Ryder Windham and artists Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff to get an inside look — literally — at some ships from Rebel Starfighters Owners’ Workshop Manual, including a peek at the new Y-wing from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as their own commentary on how these pages took flight. Helmets on and buckle up.

Nov 19, 2013 “It’s a dream come true,” adds Steeples, “and I hope I can live up to the expectations of the thousands of R2-D2 Builders around the world, let alone the millions of Star Wars fans.” Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content writer, and spends his days writing stuff for and around StarWars.com.

T-65B X-Wing Starfighter S-foils

Ryder Windham: To illustrate how an X-wing’s Strike foils, or S-foils, unfold, I selected two sequential still frames from the original theatrical version of Star Wars [from 1977]. At George Lucas’s instruction, Industrial Light & Magic revised the special effects for this scene in [1997’s] Star Wars: Special Edition, and made the X-wings break out of formation while their wings unfolded. Because Lucasfilm considers the revised version “canon,” I didn’t know whether they’d allow Haynes to use the earlier still frames, but I’m glad that they did, simply because the original version more clearly illustrates the X-wing’s S-foils in operation.

Chris Trevas: It was important to us to include classic Star Wars model photos alongside newer digital imagery in page layouts. We really draw from all of Star Wars history including the scenes we grew up with to the newest movies and cartoons.

Chris Reiff: We talked for a while about how to handle the S-foils illustration in the books. For a time we were going to do big cut-away renderings of the actuator system itself in the T-65 complete with servos, hinges, etc. In the end though, we liked the continuity that the more diagrammatic S-Foils illustrations brought to the other vehicle sections of the book, and how the style of those pieces mirrors the combat maneuvers style illustrations from the TIE manual and the flight controls illustrations from the Falcon manual.

Ryder Windham: The A-wing IncrediBuilds book [from Insight Editions] and The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections [from DK Publishing] provided a few bits of data about the RZ-2 A-wing’s swivel-mounted weapons, but I still needed to fill the designated space for text on this spread. So I invented the additional info about how these weapons presented certain engineering challenges.

Chris Trevas: Each ship section has a special art focus on a different type of weapon and here we detail torpedoes and missiles. The A-wing, being an interceptor, would most often be armed with ship-to-ship missiles. After a lengthy and very nerdy discussion, Reiff and I determined that the launchers could also accommodate torpedoes when needed.

2013 R2d2 Star Wars Lucas Film Ltd &tm User Manual

Chris Reiff: Doing up 3D files for each of the projectiles and talking through the deeply geeky, in-universe logic of how these systems work — even when all that thought doesn’t get written or shown explicitly — is part of what we love about working on these books. We personally learn the Star Wars universe better with each project because we do a deep dive on all the little minutiae to make sure the bigger picture feels more cohesive and rich. It’s more usual than not that we have an explanation for what every hose, switch, and light are for in the illustrations, whether or not they make it into a call-out list. One of these days we’ll have to do a book just about the warning labels and placards of Star Wars that we think through.

Ryder Windham: The moment Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas noticed a Y-wing starfighter on an advance poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, they became obsessed with including the Resistance Y-wing in the Rebel Starfighters Owner’s Workshop Manual, even though we had no idea whether Lucasfilm would provide information and high-resolution images of the new Y-wing in time for us to meet our deadline for Haynes Publishing. Fortunately, Lucasfilm came through, and we’re all very pleased that our manual offers Star Wars fans something of an exclusive preview of the BTA-NR2 Y-wing.

Chris Trevas: Drawing and labeling the new Y-wing blueprints gave us a chance to note its similarities and differences compared to the classic Y-wing. Since the ship doesn’t have visible torpedo launch tubes, we’ve marked those as optional extras.

Chris Reiff: Drawing the blueprints for the new Y was a blast… With the reference we use and the level of detail we are including I could really get a sense for how hard the modelers and designers worked to make these new designs reference and complement the classic trilogy ships, as well as early [Colin] Cantwell and [Ralph] McQuarrie design cues. PLUS all those digital greeblies! Who doesn’t want to see greeblies in Star Wars?

Rebel Starfighters Owners’ Workshop Manual arrives November 12 and is available for pre-order.

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

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13 postsMember
June 28, 2018 8:29AMedited June 2018
I need help with tier 7 to get R2D2. Here is my squad im using:
any help or advice/strategy would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Is this doable or do I have to wait for 7* Palp? What kill order should I use? I can get it down to R2, Ben & Chewie.

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  • 129 postsMember
    June 28, 2018 1:11PMedited June 2018
    I did it now with a similar team (Stormtrooper instead of Magma) and almost same gear, but i needed more than 20 tries to get a good rng
    i took out Han first, then Leia and R2, but getting R2 out of the way seems a key to success because his AoE most time killed my squad except Vader.
    You'll need Tarkin to debuff aoap, and do most damage with TFP basic. If you loose both to soon, you will not finish it i guess.
    btw, your GMT may need higher Potency? He uses it for defense and attack so i guess you should increase it instead of health maybe?
  • 13 postsMember
    Ok I am boosting my mods for potency on Tarkin and more speed for TFP and Vader. So the kill order should be Han, Leia, then R2? R2 is an annoying little **** in this challenge lol.
  • 129 postsMember
    I don't know if my kill order was perfect but everyone except R2 and Chewie are easy kills so i took out what I could before I switched for R2 ;-)
    If you don't have EP lead a high potency AND speed for Tarkin is very important! If you can get Tarkin, Vader and TFP survive 'til you face R2, you will have a good chance.
    It's doable without EP but very rng depending
  • 240 postsMember
    I don't know if you've moved mods around since you created this squad, but you're not getting health bonuses for RG, and he's going to need to soak up a bit of the damage. More protection is good as well. Would also try to bring RG and Magma up to level 80.
    I did it with a similar squad, and my TFP was fast. Like, 240 kind of fast. He needs to AOE (strategically timed) and land buff immunity to keep R2 from being able to stealth himself, and then you need to kill R2. Hit R2 at every opportunity. Once he's down, the rest don't hit that hard and are pretty easy to take out. If you're not landing buff immunity consistently, increase TFP's potency.
  • 13 postsMember
    June 30, 2018 5:29AMedited June 2018
    Finally got him!!! Thank the RNG gods lol!! Thanks to everyone for their help! Took out Han first then R2 after that is was easy. I only had Vader and TFP left at half health after taking out R2, but it was all downhill after that.
  • 832 postsMember
    I can't beat Tier 6. Not fast enough given they have full TM off the bat. Ability block is restart time basically plus Chewie tanks almost immediately.
    Tarkin and TFP can't take a hit, especially with Leia and Han spamming away. They love murdering Tarkin.
  • 43 postsMember
    I can't beat Tier 6. Not fast enough given they have full TM off the bat. Ability block is restart time basically plus Chewie tanks almost immediately.
    Tarkin and TFP can't take a hit, especially with Leia and Han spamming away. They love murdering Tarkin.

    I've just beat Tier VI after trying 30x a day since Thursday. I moved all my speed mods off my arena team and also got them geared up to 8 or 9 and all level 75-76 with the exception of Vader who is 82 and gear 10.
    I also don't have Palp 6* so that made it hard.
    Just keep trying and trying..... keep adding gear and leveling up as you can.All about that RNG and waiting for the right time and them stunning you at the right time.
    Tier VII on the other hand....yeah im going to need to level these guys up to 80+ for that which will take me a few more days.
    All this just for CLS tier VII lol
  • 832 postsMember
    My Palp is also languishing at 5*......
    I hate doing anything mod related in this game, especially juggling. Takes too long figuring out who had what.
    I don't need R2 right now anyway so it's all good. I'm more interested in benching Phoenix once I get Thrawn and Palp maxed for my Empire team.
    I'll get it next time once my level is higher and I've finished with Phoenix. I'll have Thrawn by then too of course, he and Palp should cake walk it.
  • 13 postsMember
    June 30, 2018 4:47PMedited June 2018
    Yep without EP it was definitely all RNG. I went from auto to manual to auto til I saw the right circumstances. My TFP's buff immunity was landing(especially on R2, he was never able to stealth once), my RG's stuns were landing, etc.
    During the initial onslaught, they targeted RG and Magma(who really didn't do anything and were just my 7* placeholders anyways), their Old Ben's ability block only hit my Magma, and Chewie didn't taunt(which was huge so I could just target R2 from the get go.) Those were the main things I was looking for at the start. Anything less happened and I just retreated and tried again. Look for those 3 things right off the bat and target R2 only(DO NOT let him stealth and pray your TFP's buff immunity lands on him every time) and once he's down the fight is a cakewalk.