Tony Dyson, the creator of one of the most iconic and well loved robots in modern pop culture has passed away. Dyson was found in his home in Malta, and likely died of natural causes. He is most widely known as the person who constructed the R2-D2 used on the sets of Star Wars in 1977. Originally designed by concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, R2-D2, a shining example of practical movie props, went on to be a major feature in every single Star Wars movie since then.

It’s fun to hear Dyson talk about the experience of creating one of the most famous robots in the world. It is such a unique experience. He also opens up a little bit about BB-8.

The world could use more enthusiastic and energetic builders like Dyson, he will be missed.