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The R1 astromech droid was the first R series astromech droid manufactured by the Industrial Automation that was created as a possible upgrade to the P2 series astromech droid that was used during the time of the Old Republic. The R1 was not very popular when they were first put on the market and the only known R1 droid that was named was R1-G4. Due to the droid's poor design and look, the need to create a newer model of astromech was high, so the Industrial Automation was forced to quickly create the R2 Astromech Droid.