Columbia, SC August 25, 26 : SodaCity ComicCon
R2-KT had a great time at a fledgling convention held right here in her hometown. Along with the Carolina Garrison, she was welcomed like a hero by her local fans! To see more, click here: 2018 Adventures
R2-KT Star Wars Day 2018 - Singapore
This year R2-KT was the honored guest of Star Wars fans in Singapore, there to celebrate Star Wars Day and visit the children of KK Women's and Children's Hospital. In honor of the occassion, the fans of the 501st Singapore Garrison and others created a beautiful patch depicting KT as a graffiti droid (a local pop culture icon) playfully battling the Singapore MerLion in a spray-off. The art is by Singapore artist Desmond Tay. It was such a hit we asked if we could offer this for fans who weren't there. So here it is, for a limited time, available to Star Wars fans! All proceeds go to the Palmetto Health Children's Hospital where Katie was treated. Many thanks to those who helped make this possible!
The Peter Mayhew Foundation's latest project is to aid those in need in Venezuela. This is the project the R2-KT May the Porg patches helped support. This weekend they unveiled this gorgeous coin that fans can purchase and help the cause. These are the kind of Star Wars collectibles you can be super proud of! Click on the link to order yours.
Peter Mayhew Foundation Coin Run
The final tally is in and wow! Congrats to the Singapore Garrison for raising over $19,000 for the KK Hospital fund! I am honored to have been there to witness it - everyone worked so hard and did such great work. Four volunteers suffered from heat exhaustion, so the price was heavy. Very proud of you all. And thanks for letting me help in my small way with the R2-KT patch contribution - over a hundred patches sold at the event. Well done, Singapore 501st, Rebel Legion, and Galactic Academy!
Here are a couple of articles the local news outlets have run:
The New Paper
May the Fourth
KT joins Chewie and a new kid on the block to celebrate friendship for Star Wars Day! Reviewed by the Wookiee himself, Peter and Angie Mayhew love this design by popular Star Wars and Disney artist Darrin Brege. It even features the 'Wookiee the Pooh' face Darrin created that is a hit with fans.
* All proceeds go to the Peter Mayhew Foundation.
* $7 each plus $1 shipping for every five ordered ($2 outside the U.S.)
* $5 each for orders of ten or more.
* PayPal to email@example.com as Goods & Services and please list what item(s) you are ordering
* 2 ½”x4 ½” rectangle on blue twill fabric background with pink outer border
* taking orders til May 15 ; ships in mid May
May the Fourth be with you!
Patrick Sullivan sent in this photo from his daughter's Star Wars Math Book! Lobot has interesting taste in droids.
Cosplayer Karli Woods celebrated Valentines Day with an homage in pink Star Wars:
"The newest tutu to my collection is R2-KT! She is a tutu full of LOVE. Inspired by the super cute astromech droid R2-KT, which was created in honor of a extremely brave & strong little girl named Katie who battled cancer. You can find this droid touring the world spreading the joy of Star Wars, and hope for children who suffer from childhood illness. Today is a day of LOVE where we can "Embrace The Pink Side Of The Force". I will be hosting a live stream on Twitch tonight at 5 PM EST, I will be wearing R2-KT! All proceeds will be going to Make A Wish Foundation. Come join me for some cupcakes & games! Dress made by me!" Photo by @aliciamoretto
Celebration Orlando 2017: Friday
Click on the link to check out the photos from the Celebration Anaheim gallery:
R2-KT St. Patrick's Day!
Get a touch o' the green! R2-KT St. Patrick's Day patches, the first of the series! Lucky for anyone proud to wear it.
Cost: $7 apiece, free shipping to anywhere. $5 apiece for orders of 10 or more!
How to buy: PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org - benefits St. Baldrick's
Children Exceeding Expectations
R2-KT's mission to the Children Exceeding Expectations school in Bristol, TN was a big success thanks to Hayley Spivey Dietrich and the troopers of the 501st Legion! Three garrisons converged to help the brave kids celebrate Valentine's Day and kick off their trip to Disney World! Interesting fact about this school is that not only is it a free school for childeren who are battling cancer and can not attend their regular school, this school meets in the sky box of the Bristol Dragway. Awesome kids, our heroes!
Bryan Kan from Perth, Australia made this AWESOME R2-KT LEGO! Here's the comment he left on his site: "In Memory of Katie Johnson (1998-2005). Here's my MOC of the R2-KT based on the instructions of the Lego 10225 UCS R2-D2. Special thanks to Amy Lau for the pink bricks and stealing her idea."
Kids in Action!
"My name is Jeff Ruggaber. I teach art in Racine, WI at Red Apple Elementary School. This year we were inspired by not only Star Wars, (my whole classroom is Star Wars), but we were also inspired by the story of R2-KT and Mr. Johnson's continued work at making kids like Katie smile. I had all 300+ students design their own R2. It was huge success (see picture) below. From there the students decided that they wanted to do more. We will be presenting a check to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin for over $1400 on May 4th. I'm contacting you in hopes that you could forward this onto Mr. Johnson to let him know that we at Red Apple are inspired by him and his daughter and are doing our part to make kids smile here in Wisconsin. Art has truly awoken Red Apple School."
R2-KT Movie Debut
Once the Force Awakens DVD and BluRay came out, it was much easier to spot R2-KT in her scenes and offer clear screen-shots. So exciting to see her in brilliant sharp detail!
Click on the photos to see enlarged version
R2-KT Movie Debut
R2-KT makes her movie debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens! It was as early as late 2013 when Lucasfilm approached us about the possibility of including R2-KT in the next chapter of Star Wars. Of course we were blown away and went into scramble mode to get KT shipped off to London. R2 Builders Oliver Steeples and Lee Towersey assumed care of KT and sent us weekly updates on how she was doing (mostly flirting with the other droids). So December 18 we were thrilled as a family to go and see our girl on the big screen and join the amazing Star Wars universe. Here you will see some poor resolution photos of the screen showing a few of KT's appearances. There may be more and if you find any send 'em our way. This will have to do until the movie is released on BluRay. But it's a fun game looking for R2-KT and hearing from fans who play "Where's KT?" when they go see the movie. What a beautiful gesture - thank you Disney and Lucasfilm, J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, and thank you Mary Franklin and Lee and Oliver. You show that the personal stories of people are the real magic of Star Wars. So very proud of the Star Was community and very thankful.
Click on the photos to see enlarged version and KT pointed out
"The Football Awakens!"
R2-KT gets a BB-8-inspired redesign in Eric Bruce's BB-8 parody of the Force Awakens!
Paul Johnson sent in this beautiful graphic he created to celebrate R2-KT. As always, he has a touch of elegant subtlety that makes images come alive. And for any fan of the original Star Wars Trading Cards, this makes you smile. (click on the thumbnail to see a larger version)
R2-KT rocked Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! Not only did she have a Hot Wheels car made in her likeness which raised $35,000 for the Star Wars: Force for Change charity, she even got named one of Star Wars' leading ladies by Vogue. Check out the link here:
Click on the link to check out the photos from the Celebration Anaheim gallery:
If you know of any photos of KT from the con, email us at email@example.com and be eligible to win a free R2-KT Celebration Anaheim Hot Wheels patch!
R2-KT trooped with the 501st Legion Old Line Garrison and Garrison Tyranus to help promote a new Museum of Science Fiction! It was a glorious day spent touring the nation's capital and shooting some great footage for the museum's PR department. As you can see, we're doing our part to make it an "Imperial Senate"!
The Bag Depot is proud to announce our newest items, featuring that beautiful pink droid with a "Heart of Gold" --their two bags with custom printed R2KT fabric! To help KT spread her mission of hope, all bags sold include a $5 donation to the Make a Wish Foundation. These will be available at www.the-bag-depot.com next week. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the pre-order list!
July 26-28, 2013:
R2-KT made her premiere in Europe this weekend! She was so happy to be off that boat! Thousands of Star Wars fans came to Essen, Germany and said hello to our pink envoy of hope. Here are some pics of the event, with more if you click over to her 2013 Adventures page!
R2-KT is traveling by boat right now, on her way to Germany for Celebration Europe II! For more pics, check out KT's 2013 Adventures Page !
May 18, 2013:
R2-KT marched with The 501st Legion in the Star Wars Weekends parade opening weekend. Disney was moved by KT's story and agreed she is a tribute to the love and power of Star Wars fans. It was an arduous journey and nothing was confirmed til the last minute, but she was a big hit and everyone was proud of our girl making her debut in the house of mouse! For more pics, check out KT's 2013 Adventures Page!
R2-KT is a fan-built project and not authorized by Lucasfilm as a recognized character. Star Wars, its characters, creations, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucafilm. ©2006 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.