Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,701: R2-X2

R2-X2 Artoo Redux
The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 88884
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD52
Includes: Droid part
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: Late 2009/Early 2010
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: R2-X2 is the on-board astromech droid for Red Ten during the Battle of Yavin. The R2 series atromech droid aids the Rebel Alliance X-Wing fighter pilot during the Trench Run to destroy the Galactic Empire's Death Star battle station. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' former apartment.

Commentary: What color is R2-X2? If you asked me in 2005, when I asked for him as part of an exclusive gift pack at my day job, I said "black." Lucasfilm and Hasbro agreed, and now there are tons of black R2-X2s, but some fans said he should be green-- and in some stills, damned if he doesn't look green. So now he's green. Based on the R4-G9 mold, the droid has a leg which retracts when you spin his head around, jointed shoulders, and jointed feet. And that's it.

The sculpt is very good and due to it being the bases for most of the astromechs made by Hasbro, this is, by default, the "correct" scale. In 2010 Hasbro introduced a smaller R2-D2 body but, at press time, it has not become the basis for any other characters. This is a solid sculpt, and the holograph projector on the dome-- just down and to the right of his eye-- is hollow, so it could "project" a piece if Hasbro wanted to do so. R4-G9 had a projection of the planet Utapau, but subsequent droids dropped the gimmick entirely. Still... it's a good figure.

Collector's Notes: This is the only carded release of R2-X2, although other toys based on the droid exist-- including a Funko Bobble Head, which was based on this 2009 release. (I know because I nagged Funko to make that one too.) Since I got to ask for the black one, that's my favorite but today, either version could cost you between $10 and $20 depending on the seller.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,701: December 21, 2011

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