I know Ady has already said he was not going to use any prequel references he had in ANH:R for ANH:R HD, but I wanted to make a brief case for one of them.
I might be the only person in the world who even cares about this, but I would love for you to keep the battle droid in the sand crawler.
To me, it’s the perfect Easter egg. It’s very brief, easy to miss. It doesn’t call attention to itself, but simply rests in the foreground of one very short shot.
It’s an Easter egg that can work for both people who like and dislike the prequels. It presents a small element that connects the trilogies in a way that’s really natural, but it also pokes fun at them by being a metaphor for the prequels like you meant it to be (garbage).
It’s brilliant, really.
I generally preferred the Purist edition over the original Revisited, but that was one thing I loved from it. I grew up in the prequel era, so I know I’m biased. I just thought it was a very clever way to, at the very least, acknowledge their existence.
It’s so quick, so out of the way. I don’t think it would hurt anyone if it stayed. I think it works in the same way Chopper works in ESB:R. But, I understand why you might not want to reuse it and I totally respect that. I at least appreciate you doing it in the first place.
Just some food for thought. There are bigger things to worry about than this. That’ll be all, your honor.