• Mattie Stu

10 Things You Didn't Know About Battle Droids (Probably)

Think you know all there is to know about battle droids? Well, here are 10 facts that may have flown under your radar!

Number 01.

According to design director Doug Chiang, battle droids were initially conceptualised as robotic stormtroopers. Even their trademark helmets were simply elongated and reworked to form the stylised mechanical faces we all know today.

Number 02.

Before being scaled down to be more human-sized, the foot soldiers of the Trade Federation were originally twelve feet tall.

Number 03.

The design process for droidekas began when artists turned the approved battle droid concept into a ball-like configuration. They then worked in elements associated with African sculptures – hence their short legs and stretched torsos. And as a bonus fact you may not know, these early design concepts would later inspire the LR-57 combat droids seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Number 04.

If you thought the sound effect used for droideka blasters seemed oddly familiar, then you may be pleased to know that they were deliberately set to match those of the All Terrain Armoured Transport.

Number 05.

What made droidekas so deadly, aside from their twin blasters, were the personal energy shields that enveloped each unit. Strangely enough, however, not a single droideka wielded this feature during Attack of the Clones and the Clone Wars (2003). Even in Revenge of the Sith, it was an incredibly rare sight. But there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for this apparent oversight, in that the weaponry utilised by the W-series droideka alone consumed far too much energy.

Number 06.

Contrary to popular belief, super battle droids first appeared in the 2002 video game Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter – not Attack of the Clones.

Number 07.

Originally, instead of having built-in wrist blasters, super battle droids were intended to dual wield E-11 rifles.

Number 08.

Instead of firing pink rockets in Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, (rocket trooper) super battle droids simply fired regular-coloured projectiles.

Number 09.

So far we've discovered that early concepts and approved final designs are often drastically different. But when it comes to complete overhauls, we should look no further than the MagnaGuards. Firstly, for their role in Revenge of the Sith, they were given spoken lines of dialogue, only for the idea to be scrapped. And secondly, concept designer Warren Fu purposefully crafted the MagnaGuards as a potential look for General Grievous.

And, last but not least...

Number 10.

Early in the production of Star Wars: Episode II, the various factions which made up the CIS were planned to utilise standard battle droids, only with slightly varying colour schemes to denote their specific allegiances. But with an interest in greater visual diversity, this idea was later expanded to have entirely unique droids respectively represent the Commerce Guild, Corporate Alliance, and InterGalactic Banking Clan.

Were you surprised by any of today's facts? Let us know in the comments below!

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