Stolen R2-D2! Help owner find the droid he's looking for

When Chris Bartlett opened his garage door to repair his R2-D2 replica, he was shocked to find it stolen without a trace. No Jawas or Sith Lords are suspected.

The stolen R2-D2 is a static replica, not the remote-controlled astromech from the "Star Wars" films.
The stolen R2-D2 is a static replica, not the remote-controlled astromech from the "Star Wars" films. Chris Bartlett

During the holidays, thieves broke into Chris Bartlett's Texas garage and stole his beloved replica of the famous "Star Wars" droid, R2-D2. "We had a break in over the holiday and my life-size R2-D2 was stolen," Bartlett tweeted. "There will be hell to pay."

Bartlett isn't just an avid "Star Wars" fan, but an actor often hired by Lucasfilm to wear the film-authentic golden protocol droid costume for commercials, awards shows, photo shoots, and official "Star Wars" events like the 2007 Rose Parade when C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels isn't available. So the theft of R2-D2 seems even more ironic, considering Bartlett's C-3PO alter ego.

"This is a very special R2 as he was assembled by (my friend) Kris Sanders several years ago and given to me as a gift," Bartlett wrote on his Facebook page. "It was this R2 that got him noticed by Lucasfilm for our first TV commercial together in 2006. We've been performing together ever since."

The stolen R2-D2 is a static replica, not the remote-controlled astromech from the "Star Wars" films. If anyone spots his R2-D2 on Craigslist, eBay, or other auction sites, he can be reached via e-mail at chris (at) TK409.com or on Twitter at @chrisfbartlett. Helping to reunite a man and his cherished astromech? Talk about a good geeky deed.

"He beeped goodbye every morning and every evening," Chris Bartlett tweeted. "Now stolen by scum just before Christmas. R2-D2, Godspeed friend."
"He beeped goodbye every morning and every evening," Chris Bartlett tweeted. "Now stolen by scum just before Christmas. R2-D2, Godspeed friend." Chris Bartlett

(Via The Daily Dot)

About the author

Crave freelancer Bonnie Burton is the best-selling author of "The Star Wars Craft Book" and host of the Web show "Geek DIY." When she's not writing or vlogging about sci-fi pop culture, robot fighters, and taco-delivery drones, she enjoys acting out Benedict Cumberbatch replicant fantasies with her Admiral Sackbar puppet. E-mail Bonnie.

 

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