The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure Toys R Us Exclusive Set
Item No.: No. B7695
Includes: 3 droids, 6 removable arm panels, 6 removable dome panels, 2 sensorscopes, 2 periscopes
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2016
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: R2-A3 was an astromech droid who assisted Rebel Alliance pilot Wedge Antilles. During the Battle of Yavin, R2-A3 and Antilles were forced to retreat after damage was dealt to their X-Wing's engine. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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This one looks good for what it is. When it comes to Astromech droids, I'm a little more forgiving of errors because they can always go back and do it again later. If this one is wrong, it's still a sharp design - the silver panels pop nicely against the red dome, and the body's white plastic seems to look clean. The dome has some golden highlights in those silver panels, plus a couple of black dongles which really just fade into space. (It really doesn't add much.) The figure is very much a traditional Astromech droid without too many fancy flourishes. Plain white bodies with panels painted similarly to R2-D2 tend to be the norm, and the back of the fiugre is pretty blank below the bottom. You'll see some nice silver and red boxes, but it's nothing that'd knock your socks off and I assume minimal (if any) reference was available to those doing the paint guides.
If you can get past the fact that this may not be the R2-A3 as described on the packaging, it's a perfectly nice robot. I'd rather Hasbro have picked something either more colorful or more accurate, but it's no slouch. It's more colorful than what we probably should have received, and as such I can say it looks more interesting on a toy shelf. Since most Rebel droids are fairly obscure, it's unlikely anyone is even going to be aware there might be a problem unless you're me, or you're you, and you're aware of such controversial topics.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Toys R Us. This was originally slated to be a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive as part of the Toys R Us offering, but it didn't make it - so it hit stores almost immediately following the show.
Day 2,368: May 10, 2017