R2-KT (touching story)

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  1. Cascador

    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    R2-KT is a pink astromech droid which was built for the 501st Legion leader's daughter named Katie Johnson (thus the name R2-KT). She died of brain cancer in 2005 unfortantly. She never really saw the droid completely finished. Now it is finished and it is at the comic-con currently.

    Hasbro, Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd. are creating a limited-edition Star Wars action figure to honor Katie Johnson. They will will help make more wishes come true for children like Katie by donating $100,000 in her memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundations of South Carolina and San Diego.

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    quote starwars.com: "The Star Wars saga has always been near to the heart of the Johnson family -- in fact, Katie's father, Albin Johnson, is the founder of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming fan club that performs charity work around the world. So it's not too surprising that Katie's sister Allie wished her sister had an "Artoo" droid to look after her while she underwent her cancer treatment -- just like R2-D2 cared for Padmé in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

    In 2005, the R2-D2 Builders club--a fan group--created for Katie a life-size astromech droid named R2-KT (named "KT" after Katie) modeled after the iconic R2-D2 character in the Star Wars films. Hasbro, the maker of Star Wars action figures, and Lucasfilm both recognized the uniqueness and special story this heartfelt tribute represented and decided to go forward with a special edition 3-3/4" R2-KT figure in Katie's honor as a way to allow all fans to learn about and participate in Katie's continuing legacy.

    "Katie's story touched us all, and we are very proud to be involved in a project that will help raise awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation so many more wishes may be granted to children like Katie," said Derryl DePriest, marketing director for Star Wars toys at Hasbro.

    "The Make-A-Wish Foundation has long been a favorite charity of the 501st and Lucasfilm, and they granted Katie a fantastic wish before she died," said Derek Stothard, Lucasfilm's director of toys. "So we are especially proud to be associated with Hasbro in this great endeavor."

    The R2-KT action figure -- which looks like a pink version of R2-D2 -- will cost $9.99. In addition, Albin and Allie Johnson will be bringing the full-size R2-KT to Comic-Con to show to fans. To find out more about the R2-KT project, please visit www.r2kt.com."
     
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  2. Cascador

    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    Here's a video of George Lucas and Hayden Christensen wishing her better before she died. It was made by our Japanese Garrison.

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    Here's a music video that always knows how to touch me. The song is "Wake me up when September ends" by 'Greenday'. It has lot's of pictures of her and it was made in her memory.

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  3. Blood Battosai

    Blood Battosai Death Become of you

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    this is amazing how much one person even in death can still inspire us all
     
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  4. lewy

    lewy Lewy the lethal lunatic!

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    I'm quite touched...! What a beautiful story!
     
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    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    I actually received the action figure of R2-KT. No not to play with...:) But as a nice memorial...Here's another picture I found of Katie with the original R2-KT, still in the working process.

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    hm.... thats really touching Anakin, thanks for sharing.:)