The force of this father’s love may awaken some feels in you!
Back in 2004 Albin Johnson, a longtime Star Wars fan, and his wife (above) took their daughter Katie to the doctors and found out she had an inoperable brain tumor.
After the diagnosis, Albin, the founder of the 501st Legion — who make Star Wars costumes from the films and visit hospitals and other charities — decided to create an R2 unit for his daughter to watch over her.
The father reached out to the R2 Builders Club to ask them to assemble the custom droid named R2-KT (above) to look like the iconic R2-D2 except painted pink — Katie’s favorite color.
Sadly, the droid was not completed before the young girl’s death in August of 2005, but Andy Schwartz, a fellow R2 droid builder, decided to paint his own droid pink and send it to the family.
In 2006 the Builder’s Club finally finished the droid originally intended for Katie. R2-KT was presented to the Johnson family and has become a symbol of hope at charitable Star Wars events.
But the fame and inspiration didn’t stop there as the droid actually made a cameo appearance in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and also received a limited edition action figure from Hasbro!
Well now R2-KT’s legacy will continue as Albin revealed to Geeks Speak that the pink droid will appear in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The proud father said:
Mary Franklin of Lucasfilm asked me to pitch the idea to Kathleen Kennedy (Lucasfilm President), and after hearing the story of our pink ambassador of hope Lucasfilm requested we ship her off to London early last year. Quick repairs were made and off she went for six months,” Johnson says in his email. While he could not disclose just when we could expect to see the pink droid, he was assured that she will definitely appear.
[Image via R2-KT/Facebook.]