He's Chopper - a "lazy, cranky (if ultimately goodhearted) astromech droid," and the latest new character to be introduced by Lucasfilm from the upcoming new animated series Star Wars Rebels, premiering this fall as a one-hour special on Disney Channel to be followed by a series on Disney XD.
"In Star Wars, droids are always eager to help out their human masters, drop whatever it is they’re doing when called upon, and sometimes even sacrifice themselves to save others. Right?" asks Lucasfilm in the announcement.
"Not quite," they say of Chopper. "If Artoo is the family dog, Chopper is the cat," adds Dave Filoni, executive producer of the show.
“Chopper is an essential crew member of the Ghost, tasked with keeping the starship running and operable for its band of heroes," continues the announcement. "In reality, thanks to his many 'unique' upgrades and customizations, no other alien, human, or droid could handle the job."
The design of Chopper, a.k.a. C1-10P, takes cues from early Ralph McQuarrie concept art for R2-D2, especially the "expressive arms that fold out of his head."
Star Wars Rebels takes place four years prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, so Lucasfilm says Chopper’s retro look creates an "aesthetic continuity with droids of the original trilogy."
In an introductory video, the staff of Rebels continues to express how much Chopper has his own "dismissive" and yes, rebellious nature. Take a look at the video below, which believe it or not features what is technically the first footage from the show. The news and releases for the series have been a slow burn. While some other characters have leaked, the only other official star of the show so far has been the villainous Sith Inquisitor .