R2-D2 Soviet edition, 1967

R2D2

Don’t you think that this robot from a 1967 Soviet sci-fi film Andromeda Nebula (Туманность Андромеды) looks like an earlier model of R2-D2? I like to believe that John Stears and Tony Dyson stole the blueprints and have been enjoying benefits from merchandise ever since. To put the historical record straight watch Andromeda Nebula (with English subtitles) here:

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