Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 1,096: R2-C4

R2-C4 Astromech Droids Series #1
Saga Collection Entertainment Earth Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. 87055 No. 87056
Number: n/a
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: Twist dome for retractable third leg
Retail: $39.99
Availability: January 2006
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

Image: Adam Pawlus' place.

Bio: Serves Queen Amidala and her retinue. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Commentary: This one did not turn out as I had hoped-- of the entire set, R2-C4 doesn't quite fit with the deco on the others. For starters, he is the only one in these 5-packs with a light-up eyeport. He has dirt, and the others don't. Based on the familiar and beloved R4-G9 mold, this figure is basically the proportions you'd want on the most fantastic droid in the entire saga. This isn't that droid, but hey, it's a quality product! Called R2-D3 before the figure came out, this is the yellow astromech that looks just like R2-D2 on Amidala's ship from the first chunk of the movie. It's a good replica of that robot, and for those of you like me-- and there are many of you-- you're probably going to be glad it exists just so you have another astromech for your droid pool. It doesn't bring much new to the table other than being a good design in yellow, which is a plush.

The figure moves at the dome-- which raises and lowers the middle leg-- and has jointed "feet" and "shoulders." So in short, it does everything a droid should short of fixing your broken machinery.

Collector's Notes: These aren't too uncommon, and you can get the boxed sets on eBay these days now that they've sold out from Entertainment Earth. The individual droid, out of the box, is probably going to set you back $15-$20, and the set tends to go for much cheaper. My advice: get the boxed set.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,096: August 26, 2009


Jeff said...

Not one of my favourite droids from the sets, but not my least favourite either.

I'd just like to take the opportunity to say thanks to Adam for these astromech sets - it was like someone reached into my imagination and pulled out my most-wanted stuff! How can it have taken so long to realise that we will buy astromechs?

Rash Flembar said...

Personally, I think this was the best droid out of two great sets. The grimy wash just makes this guy--and elevates it way above all the others. One of my favorites of ALL Hasbro astromechs.