R7-SERIES ASTROMECH DROID White Dome with Blue Markings and "Coin Slot"
Star Tours Droid Factory Customizable Figure
Item No.: ???
Includes: Head, 2 legs, torso, central third leg, optional hat
Action Feature: Comes apart
Availability: May 2015
Appearances: The Clone Wars
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. There were 25 domes in the 2012 series and 25 domes in the 2015 batch so far. While Hasbro had said they didn't design the first batch, they included Hasbro copyrights. This batch does not - markings read "© DISNEY" and "© LFL" as well as "China" on each leg.
Image: Adam's photo dump.
Commentary: Here's another one! The R7-Series Astromech Droid is delightfully weird, and seemingly exists to match up with the R2-D2 colored parts. He shares the same legs, but the torso and dome best match up as a pairing. I have no idea what the designers were shooting for here, as I am not particularly well-versed with droids from non-visual sources. Could it be from a book? Maybe! I didn't see them all, but I will say it's pretty neat. The rocket-shaped area between R7's legs is, um, certainly interesting and now perhaps you can't unsee it either. The head is mostly white, with a dark blue wedge that has a white "coin slot" on top not unlike a bank. It's strange - we haven't seen anything else like it on one of these droid toys yet. It's something new - real new, with red and black and silver markings in a pattern we didn't have as a toy before. I love it.
The central white foot for this (and all the other) colors is now unpainted, while the 2012 batch had silver markings around the bottom of the foot.
As this is an uncommon droid mold with a totally new paint job, you have to get it. Because the paint job may inspire the giggles, you're only hurting yourself by skipping it.
Collector's Notes: I got this from my pal Shannon who was cool enough to get me a set from Disneyland.
Day 2,172 August 7, 2015