Star Wars fever has taken over the world, and Quebec is not exempt. Since "The Force Awakens" opened, Star Wars fans new and old have flocked to the cinema, Facebook, or anywhere else to display their Jedi pride.
One Quebec police officer from Terrebone, however, has taken his Star Wars love to the next level, having created his own fully-functional R2-D2 droid, as reported by CBC.
Frédéric St-Amour, the police officer in question, created the iconic robot using a series of tutorials found on R2-D2Builder.com, which provides tutorials on how to build your on R2 at home.
Crafting an R2-replica set St-Amour back a solid $3000, which is probably steep enough to deter you from making your own. Still, St-Amour's R2 (which is made out of plastic, an aluminum model would clock in at $12, 000) is pretty sweet, and can even be controlled by remote control.
St-Amour brought along his R2-D2 to CBC Montreal's Daybreak radio program this morning, with journalist Steve Rukavina tweeting out a short video of the droid in action. You can check it out below.
— Steve Rukavina, CBC (@Steverukavina) January 5, 2016
As cool as a Quebec policeman-made R2-D2 is, the truly interesting aspect of this story is the fact that there is an entire community devoted to building the droid. The website even hosts R2-D2 Builder Events, where fanboys/girls can show off their mechanical wonders.
Of course, R2-D2Builder.com is also rife with tons of nerdy info on the beloved blue-and-white cylinder. If you've ever wondered who built R2 (spoiler: it was Industrial Automaton, which is a real droid manufacturer in the Star Wars-verse, apparently) then the site is worth a perusal.
Having already done so, because I'm a nerd like that, the most interesting R2 factoid I found is the origins of the droids name.
According to R2-D2Builder.com, "R2-D2" is derived from a moment when George Lucas was editing his second movie American Graffiti with Walter Murch. During the process, Murch asked Lucas for "R2, D2," a snappy way of saying "reel 2, dialogue 2," and the idea stuck.