In the wake of the new Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens, interest spiked over R2-KT once it was learned she was making a cameo in the film. A series of articles and news stories all wanted to know about the magical story behind the pink R2 unit.
iO9 Article: "The Heartwarming Story Behind R2-KT, And How She Joined Star Wars Canon"
MTV Article: "Here's How 'Star Wars' Decided To Honor A Young Fan's Memory In 'The Force Awakens' - MTV"
My Geeks News Article: "R2-KT to Appear in “The Force Awakens” "
SciFi4Me Article: "THE FORCE AWAKENS Will Include R2-KT"
Article: "Star Wars 7 : The Origin Story of R2-KT"
R2-KT featured in Japanese media! http://cue.ms/column/qt-kt-story/
December 12, 2015: NBC Nightly News
R2-KT popped up in a surprising way in Clone Wars when Jar-Jar found an interesting prop to work with! In ep. 117 - Blue Shadow Virus, we had the opportunity to visit the interior of a droid repair shop on Naboo. In this shop, Jar Jar Binks set himself on a collision course with some racks of droid parts, including many that belonged to astromechs. Was this R2-KT? We'll let you be the judge.
In the Clone Wars episode "Secret Weapons" (episode 10 of the fifth season, original air date December 10, 2012) a new version of R2-KT appeared, dubbed "QT-KT" and with a new paint scheme. According to Lucasfilm "QT-KT was created as tribute to R2-KT, a pink astromech droid created by Star Wars fans in honor of Katie Johnson, daughter of Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Legion fan group. R2-KT was originally going to be on D-Squad, but QT-KT served in place to avoid the confusion of having two Artoos on the same squad." We are convinced that KT was just going through a phase and that's just her with a pseudonym and wardrobe change. After all, every girl deserves some change :)
You can read all about QT-KT on the Star Wars Wookieepedia article here: http://clonewars.wikia.com/wiki/QT-KT
Dave Filloni and the crew at Lucasfilm asked if R2-KT could appear in their feature film Clone Wars and we were ecstatic - what a great tribute to Katie and her droid! So here is the segment where KT makes her first appearance onscreen in the Star Wars universe. Thanks, Lucasfilm - that was awesome.
Click HERE to view the clip.
If you can't view the video, try watching it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyOsYsjktks
R2-KT made it on the 2008 cover of Servo Magazine, along with an article inside covering the story of Katie Johnson and the droid she inspired. Click on the thumbnail to read the article! You can read all kinds of cool robotics pieces from Servo, just visit their site here: http://www.servomagazine.com/
January 16, 2009: KT makes a split-second cameo in the ship's hangar in Episode 13 "Jedi Crash" of the Clone Wars Cartoon
Click HERE to view the clip.
If you can't view the video, try watching it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/OLZnXMnDflY
February 27, 2009: KT makes another split-second cameo in the ship's hangar in Episode 19 "Storm over Ryloth" of the Clone Wars Cartoon. This time she's really haulin'!
December, 2011: the Clone Wars Adventures online game offered every player the chance to have R2-KT play alongside them, all to benefit the SOE Child's Play Charity Drive! "In Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™, purchase the adorable R2-KT Astromech Droid™! This pink, purple, and white companion was designed to brighten your day!"
R2-KT was featured in an article on the girl-geek culture website The Mary Sue! Girl geeks are the best! Original page can be seen here: http://www.themarysue.com/r2-kt-pink-droid/
Dakster Sullivan sat down with R2-KT for an informative interview of the pink droid featured on the website Geekmom.com! http://www.geekmom.com/2012/05/star-wars-week-an-interview-with-r2-kt/. Lots of fun. Here's a pdf version: article-geekmom-2012-may.pdf
In 2013 R2-KT made a surprise cameo on LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles. I created a short capture of the clip that you can see here on youtube: http://youtu.be/SZUY6-ixp5U
January 30, 2014: R2-KT appeared on Star Wars' official website in the fan blog section. http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/2014/01/30/the-power-of-the-pink-side/
On February 13, 2014 R2-KT was featured in the Huffington Post in a list of the most inspiring stories of people finding hope out of despair. Quite an honor!
KT's appearance in Bantha Tracks
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