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Monday Funnies: R5 Astromechs Recalled

Mos Eisley: Tatooine.

After losing a class action lawsuit today Industrial Automation began recalls on their problematic R5 line of astromechs. The R5s have been plagued by protruding motivators that have malfunctioned (nicknamed Blown Motivator of Death or BMoD). It appears that the failure rate of the R5 line is sitting somewhere around 54.2 percent, causing the largest class action lawsuit in galactic history.

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Industrial Automation has issued a press release finally acknowledging the flaw with the droids, abandoning their previous stance that the failures were due to abuse and poor maintenance of them. It turns out the design flaw is due to the poor design of their thermal dampeners, which overheat the motivator causing it to blow.

Due to their warmer climates, planets such as Tatooine have reported higher numbers of R5 malfunctions.

Industrial Automation has posted instructions on the holonet to send malfunctioned units in for repair, however the repair time is 21 days. Not having their astromech for this long of a period could prove problematic for moisture farmers around harvest time, when they will need them most.

Industrial Automation has extended the warranty of the R5 line to three years from the original sales date, however they don’t guarantee repair on units purchased secondhand from Jawa tribes, as many farmers are known to do in attempts to increase their savings. Industrial Automation still points to this trade practice as the leading cause of the malfunctioning droids, stating that Jawas are notorious for making their own repairs using inferior parts, and in doing so they are voiding the warranties of these units. Industrial Automation urges customers inspect their astromechs before purchase as Jawas are not certified technicians.

Steve Sansweet: Collecting Celebrinality – SWR #161

Steve Sansweet! Celebration Anaheim Events! The latest news about all things STAR WARS! The night of the Bothaneers, and more!
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Twitter Recap This Week in Star Wars News

The following is a selection of highlights of Star Wars news from the Star Wars Report on Twitter. Enjoy!

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Journey to Star Wars Celebration – SWBW #38

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Star Wars Celebration is almost here and we have so much to talk about. Sadly Teresa wasn’t able to join in for this episode, but we got a great guest host in Kay from Fangirl Blog and the Hyperspace Theories podcast.

  • We talk about the details of the Bookworms panel that will be on the podcast stage at Star Wars Celebration. We also reveal the artist who did the design for our exclusive panel pins. You are going to want one of these!
  • Aaron gives his brief thoughts on Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and Aaron and Kay talk about the current bookclub book Heir to the Jedi. Join in on the discussion over at Goodreads!
  • We read listener emails which leads to conversations about Star Wars Weekends, Rogue One, and the Legends universe.
  • Dark Disciple now has a full synopsis and we talk about our excitement level for it. Aaron is more excited than Kay because he is a Quinlan Vos fanboy.
  • We discuss our thoughts on Marvel’s Princess Leia #1.
  • September is going to be busy. We walk through all the titles announced for Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and speculate more than we probably should.

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