With the debut of BB-8, R2-D2’s place at the top of the cutest droid competition has finally been challenged, something we haven’t seen since Old B.O.B. ceased functioning on the hull of the Cygnus right before the ship went into the collapsar.  Even in universe, it’s hard to think of anyone as universally adorbs as R2 (maybe that mouse-droid that Chewbacca scared that one time), but everybody has their favorites.  Heck, when I was a kid, my action figures included the silver Death Star Droid and R5-D4 as stand-ins, with that one weird boxy droid having to be Chewbacca, which leads us to today’s forcefully awakened query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would still go with R5-D4, because my droid should be red, as long as I can get a new motivator for him, asking: Which Star Wars droid would you choose to be your companion and majordomo?


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  1. I think both R2-D2 and BB-8 would have trouble in our everyday business because of my place has no elevator and neither of them seem to be too great in stairs. (And nope, I refuse the idea of those rockets in R2) C-3PO is out of the question if I’d have to live with him, that droid just wont shut up, so I’m left with two choices: IG-88 & 4-LOM. IG-88 has too high risk of going to murderous rampage, so I choose 4-LOM.

  2. For now, I’ll take the robots from Warner Brothers ‘Dog Gone Modern’.
    After I see THE movie, I can make an informed decision on BB8 or R2.

  3. If you hadn’t said Stars Wars droid I would have gone with Lt.Commander Data. But I will have to go with R2 as he’s just full of interesting gadgets and gizmos.

  4. After watching The Force Awakens I think I’ve fallen in love with the gonk power droids because they look so dumb. They’re so obviously made from plastic garbage bins and styrofoam boxes, and I am absolutely tickled that J.J. Abrams and crew included them in the movie.

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