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manufactured by Roche Industries, these information and protocol droids were humanoid, insectile automata with teardrop-shaped heads and skeletal bodies. They rivaled the 3PO series in their ability to process information, being equipped with TranLang II communications modules and Arjan II central processors. However, their mechanical appearance and "worker drone" monicker made them unattractive to most races of the galaxy, and the J9-series never became a commercial success. Nonetheless, J9's were extremely sophisticated, and many were reprogrammed to perform a variety of duties.