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Friday, January 18, 2013

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,983: Yellow R2-Series Astromech Droid

R2-SERIES ASTROMECH DROID Silver Dome with Yellow Panels
Star Tours Droid Factory Customizable Figure
Item No.:
No. ???
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Head, 2 legs, torso, central third leg, optional hat
Action Feature: Comes apart
Retail: $10-$12
Availability: 2012
Appearances: n/a

Bio: These figures do not have specific packaging or configurations.  As such, we will be treating each dome as a unique "figure" as that part is the most plentiful.   At this time there are 25 domes and while Hasbro sometimes seems to indicate they are not Hasbro product, they do have Hasbro copyright markings and as such we are classifying them under the Hasbro banner.

Image: Adam's photo hole.

Commentary: If this Yellow R2-Series Astromech Droid looks familiar, it probably should.  While made out of Droid Factory parts, the deco is quite similar to the 2006 release R2-C4 although neither is obviously superior.  This version seen here has a big black eye and a bright red dot under it, plus a shining, clean, and new droid body.  R2-C4 had some gnarly grim deco, a light-up eye, and black wires on the feet.  The articulation is pretty similar, and while R2-C4 had a sharper looking body, this Droid Factory release has a better dome.   Since neither has the obvious edge, I should note the Droid Factory release has a hole in its dome and it can wear Jack Sparrow's hat.  That's gotta be worth something right?

Collector's Notes: Neat, but expensive and hard to get.   Hopefully someone at Disney realizes there could be a decent market in selling buckets of parts to people who can't make it to the park to spend an hour rummaging through bins.

--Adam Pawlus


Day 1,983: January 18, 2013


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