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I know they used a lot of mechanics back then, but were R2D2 and C3PO mechanical, a costume, or something else?

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For c-3po, it was a costume, Anthony Daniels played c-3po:

Anthony Daniels as c3po

For R2-D2, It was a costume and a remote controlled robot. CGI was also used in the prequel trilogy. So, they had Kenny Baker to play him : Kenny Baker inside R2-D2

And from Portrayal section of wookieepedia article on R2-D2 :

Baker performed the role of R2-D2 inside a standing unit of the droid, wearing a specially-made suit and manipulating the droid's lights and appendages, turning his head, rocking his body back and forth, and moving his eye with a rod. In addition to Baker's unit, every Star Wars film has made use of a number of remote control units, as Baker's was largely immobile.
A computer-generated R2-D2 was also used in many scenes of the prequel trilogy, including a scene in Episode II where the character walks up a staircase. Baker has stated that he would never have been able to do that in his costume.

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Cool but how were the costume made because it looks like c-3po wasn't a costume because of the wire's And you have a fake picture of r2-d2 –  Justin Aug 15 at 21:05
@Justin - that's not a fake. That is the actor that played R2-D2 in many scenes. If you follow the link provided, you'll see that Mr. Baker is a little person, who also played one of the Ewoks. –  CGCampbell Aug 16 at 4:19

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