Pink droid R2-KT coming to Singapore for Star Wars Day

Mr Albin Johnson (top) had R2-KT commissioned in 2004 for his terminally ill daughter Katie (above, with a fan's R2-D2 painted in pink that was shipped to her before R2-KT was completed).
Mr Albin Johnson (above) had R2-KT commissioned in 2004 for his terminally ill daughter Katie.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ALBIN JOHNSON

R2-KT was commissioned by a dad for his terminally ill child. It now travels the world and will be in Singapore next month

R2-KT, the pink droid known in the international Star Wars fan community as a symbol of hope and courage, will be greeting Singaporeans next month as part of the Star Wars Day celebrations.

The droid will be joined by its owner Albin Johnson, 49, who had it commissioned in 2004 to keep his seven-year-old daughter Katie company. She had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour at the time and was given only months to live.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2018, with the headline 'A droid for a dying girl'. Print Edition | Subscribe