R2-SERIES ASTROMECH DROID Grey Dome with White and Black Markings, a.k.a. R2-Q2
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: Star 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 lab.
The body of this configuration was retooled from the pre-2015 editions. The lower holes on the R2 body were removed, so you can't make a four-armed droid anymore. The grey is a touch lighter than the last one, with slightly cleaner paint masks. Since so much relies on black and white boxes with borders, in many respects the new one looks a little bit better. Everything is placed in basically the same place, with minor changes on how some borders are painted on the black and silver bits on the front. It's differentish, but not overwhelmingly so.
Each leg is new - actually, it's only one leg. Disney had issues keeping enough matching right and left legs during the 2012 run, so I'm sort of happy that they found a clever solution to the issue. This pair of legs is grey plastic with silver markings where the toe wires used to be present. The sides are black and silver, with added silver paint on each foot - that's new for this release. It's not bad. It's not impressive either.
The central black foot for this (and all the other) colors is now unpainted, while the 2012 batch had silver markings around the bottom of the foot.
If you missed the Entertainment Earth exclusive set in 2006, this is a perfect substitution. It's roughly the same quality and colors, so unless you need every last release (I do) or foot hoses, either one should suit you just fine. The big question in terms of playability is if you want removable limbs or the retractable third leg. Either way works for me, but this one has a slightly notable bonus asset. The top of the dome is black - so the hole for the hat peg is largely invisible. It looks so much nicer now that it's not an eyesore.
Collector's Notes: I got this from my pal Shannon who was cool enough to get me a set from Disneyland.
Day 2,179: August 20, 2015