Star Wars Droid Factory
Item No.: ???
Includes: 4 total droids
Action Feature: Comes apart
Availability: September 2015
Appearances: The Force Awakens
Bio: All different types of Astromech droids populate the Star Wars galaxy. Each droid is different and has their own unique personality and colors. These four new Astromech figures are featured in the new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Commentary: At first glance I was shrugging and saying "What, another R2-Q2? This is ridiculous." Here's the thing - it's different. Not just a little different, but different in several visible ways. This makes the third version of the droid in plastic as a 3 3/4-inch scale action figure, and as this one doesn't look like either the Tantive IV or Biggs versions of the existing R2-Q2 I'm going to go with the box' indication that it is, in fact, from movie #7.
His central leg is not only darker, but painted - the Entertainment Earth and Disney Droid Factory build-a-figure releases were unpainted. This one has a stripe down the front of the back, plus a white semicircle on either side. The legs have fundamentally the same paint masks, although mine drops a few markings on the back (one of which may just be an error on my sample) and inverts the Droid Factory build-a-figure version's feet. That version had painted silver feet with an unpainted semicircle, while mine has a painted semicircle on one foot and the other is blank. This, again, may be an error. I don't know if it's intentional yet.
The foot issues and new colors make me think I may have a unique droid and I like it - or perhaps a factory reject. It's hard to tell until more people get theirs and post them, but until then I'll just say I like this figure and the set is indeed notably different enough to be worth your while. If you can, squint at the feet in the box first just in case they're missing paint - because better safe than sorry.
Collector's Notes: Thanks for your help getting this one, Michael! It's great - and you can get it at a theme park or from someone who is willing to help you out.
Day 2,203: September 28, 2015