In the 100 days leading up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, I am counting down my 100 favorite things about Star Wars. Here is today’s entry:

#74: R5-D4

An unsung “hero” of the Star Wars legacy, this little droid did a lot with really doing anything at all. R5 was the orange and white droid that Luke bought instead of R2-D2, but blew up when walking away from the Jawas. If it wasn’t for R5 having a “bad motivator”, Luke would never have seen the message from Princess Leia inside of R2-D2. Alternatively, there was a Star Wars comic book story in which R5-D4 was actually Skippy the Jedi Droid. Sensing that Luke needed to buy R2 instead, “Skippy” blew himself up using the Force. Either way, R5 did his part in helping to save the universe.