Constructed by the R2 Builders Club, R2-KT was given to a 7-year old girl named Katie Johnson during her battle with brain cancer in 2005. The life-sized droid watched over Katie during her final months, providing her with peace and companionship before her passing. Today, R2-KT travels around the world, visiting children’s hospitals as an emissary of hope while raising awareness for pediatric cancer.
To honor R2-KT and all the lives touched by this compassionate droid, Hot Wheels® created a classic bubble top hot rod in its image. Mattel and Disney Consumer Products will be donating proceeds from the sale of this vehicle to Star Wars: Force for Change. Although the hot rod’s exterior may be pink, it definitely has a heart of gold.
Mattel has also sponsored the Road Squadron display, located in Hall D. Road Squadron features customized Star Wars cars created by fans – their very own Star Wars “starships.”