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Kenny Baker, who was the 'soul of R2-D2' passed away at 81 years old last week. The world lost a tremendous talent, and it warms the heart to see so many of Baker's esteemed Star Wars co-stars and associates step forward to offer their condolences.

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Kenny Baker was an essential part of the Star Wars saga. Baker truly brought R2-D2 to life, and we all find ourselves in mourning over his death at 81 years old. George Lucas shared the following in tribute to the late actor's passing:

“Kenny Baker was a real gentleman as well as an incredible trooper who always worked hard under difficult circumstances,” said Lucas. “A talented vaudevillian who could always make everybody laugh, Kenny was truly the heart and soul of R2-D2 and will be missed by all his fans and everyone who knew him.”



LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy also added, “We’re all saddened to learn of Kenny’s passing,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “There is no Star Wars without R2-D2, and Kenny defined who R2-D2 was and is. He will be greatly missed.”

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Voice actor Jim Cummings has been the voice of a TON of cartoon characters, some including:

  • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
  • Darkwing Duck 
  • Hondo Ohnaka (Star Wars Clone Wars and Rebels)
  • Thanos (Superhero Squad)
  • King Triton (The Little Mermaid)
  • Cat (of CatDog)
  • Fuzzy Lumpkins (The PowerPuff Girls)
  • Monteray Jack (Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers)
  • Razoul (Aladdin)
  • Dr. Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog)
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Just when I thought such creations were destined for nothing but daydreams, Vintage Works pulls off this beauty. They even included a sound system, which features blaster sound effects for additional authenticity.

Unfortunately, it sounds like this was a one 'n done (why??) kind of deal. Here's to hoping that changes in future days.

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