G2 repair droids are loved and hated with equal measures of passion. Their intellect is so acute that they make wonderful conversationalists, but this same quality leads to a flightiness that makes them unreliable in their primary jobs. SoroSuub introduced the G2 series in the decade following the Clone Wars. The droids are short and squat, with a wide, bottom-heavy stance that forces them to waddle when they walk. This trait, combined with their long, multi-jointed necks, resulted in the nickname goose droids. Each G2 unit has a stripped-down skeletal frame with exposed joints and wiring. Their three-digit manipulators can grasp most repair tools, while their splayed feet aid in stability. The G2’s most recognizable feature is its binocular head, containing a vocabulator, two auditory sensors, and photoreceptors with telescopic, microscopic, and multi-spectrum capabilities. Each droid bears a unique ID number stencilled onto the side of its head.
SoroSuub soon discovered that goose droids (or is that geese droids?) gravitate toward excessive chattiness. This feature appeared to be hardwired into the behavioral circuitry matrix and could not be eliminated with memory wipes or power disrupts. Some customers, mostly family-owned businesses or pilots of independent starships, found the quality endearing and allowed their droids to accumulate Iife experience over time.
Eventually, a number of these units achieved an advanced degree of independent thought. A sudden explosion of wanderlust resulted. In one notorious instance, a team of G2’s stole a fuelling freighter and set up their own community on an asteroid in the ChrelIis System. Large corporations generally had no time for the G2 units’ foolishness. They returned the units to SoroSuub, shrinking the Iine’s market base and leading SoroSuub to retire the line in 12 A.B.Y. Two years later, faced with a surprising outcry from fans of the G2, SoroSuub reintroduced the line with much fanfare. Star Tours, a short-lived interstellar sightseeing company, employed a number of G2 units to perform maintenance on its fleet of StarSpeeder 3000 shuttles.
G2-9T, one of the repair droids at Star Tours, possesses an infuriatingly short attention span. Formerly the property of a Troig Podrace announcer on Tatooine (who sometimes fancies himself a diplomat) before Star Tours bought him in a pay-by-the-kilogram fire sale, Nine-Tee angered the company’s organic operators with his spotty work record.
He is the youngest of the three G2 droids. Although he is supposed to be repairing astromechs, G2-9T invariably can be found listening to his stereo (always tuned to K-DROID) and talking to the tourist humanoids. Again, this is a case where Star Tours management’s hands are tied, because no matter how unproductive he is as a repair droid, the guests just love the antics of this little guy. As long as the crowds keep smiling, G2-9T will always have a job at Star Tours.
Behind the scenes
The original G2 Goose Droids where not planned from the start, but made up on-the-go, much like a lot of other things. The team wanted more droids for the Droid Room, and wanting them quickly, Imagineer Chris Tietz came up with the idea of raiding America Sings one night and grabbing two droids.
They got an extreme make-over and became some of the new characters invented for Star Tours. The G2 name came about because of the fact that they were geese from America Sings…hence the “G”. In 2006, long-time Star Tours fan Daniel Wallace added the G2-Droids in the New Essential Guide To Droids, thus making them Canon.
For Star Tours: The Adventure Continue, the Geese droid where re-fitted with new panels, new wiring, and an updated look. View the new G2-9T profile here.