In Loving Memory Of Kenny Baker, The R2-D2 Popcorn Maker Pays Tribute With Air-Popped Snacks
We would doubly cherish this R2-D2 Popcorn Maker, if only our praise for it didn’t feel in part like a loving honorarium to an icon of our formative geeky memories – even if we rarely ever saw his face prior to the past week of somber headlines and tributes.
If you’re anything like us, you couldn’t hold back a long, somber “Whoooo” at the news that Kenny Baker, the man who gave life to R2-D2 in six out of the seven live-action Star Wars films (he received a “consultant” credit in “The Force Awakens“), had passed away on Aug. 13 at the age of 81. Whatever you may believe about whether Artoo could have been so lovable and full of his own personality as a simple animatronic, the fact is, Baker became an unforgettable part of a greater zeitgeist with an endlessly appreciative legion of fans. He was a cherished member of a family that is collectively not getting any younger.
It made us think, though: Artoo really wouldn’t have been down with tears and mourning. When some desperate emergency surgery repaired him after tanking some direct TIE fighter fire during the destruction of the original Death Star, we like to think he was just grateful that Master Luke landed that one-in-a-million shot to blow that thing so they could all go home.
“BEEP-BOOP BIP BOOO,” he’d tell us – more than likely, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” No, that busy little droid would be herding us over to the nearest sofa, serving up a few frosty beverages, and insisting we tuck into a marathon of his far-far-away exploits alongside Padme, Anakin, Luke, and Leia Skywalker and Obi-Wan-Kenobi. You’d best also believe, he’d make sure we all tucked into a bowl or two of fluffy, delicious air-popped popcorn before the “Yubnub” rang out across the forest moon of Endor at the end of “Return Of The Jedi”.
With an included measuring cup, corn inlet, top cover, and power switch equipped to its plastic body, the R2-D2 Popcorn Maker heats up and spits out kernels before your very eyes, a neat trick we’re fairly certain any droid already skilled in espionage, infiltration, robotic repair, aerial combat support, and carting around critical enemy military intel has also mastered for those rare moments of downtime.
Why would you look for any other droid once you’ve found this one?
May the Force be with you, Kenny.