The Last Jedi Basic Figure Orange Assortment
Item No.: Asst. C1503 No. C3526
Includes: Clip-on rockets, pop-on flames
Action Feature: Force Link sounds, removable parts
Availability: November 2017
Appearances: The Last Jedi
Bio: R2-D2, pronounced Artoo-Detoo and often referred to as Artoo, was an R2 series astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton with masculine programming. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Commentary: Since Hasbro is tight-lipped on 3 3/4-inch figures (seemingly assuming collectors no longer care at conventions), R2-D2 proved to be surprising despite the fact we saw it at HasCon. There was little chatter talking up how this one was new or different besides the obvious - jets on a post-prequel story R2-D2 was a pretty big deal. What caught my be surprise was that this is a barely-altered "build-a-droid" mold! Unless I'm mistaken, this is the first time Hasbro has sold an individual build-a-droid R2-D2 as a non-exclusive product.
The third leg was the giveaway - it pulls out easily and the shape inside is familiar to anyone who collects these things. The head pops off fairly easily, and is painted silver with a bare grey interior. The "neck" under the dome is unpainted white, whereas previous build-a-droids were painted silver here. It could have benefitted from the paint. He has a little bit of painted detail on his backside, and mercifully Hasbro still uses the "wire" feet rather than the altered Disney wireless feet. The biggest change was the torso - the lower holes have since been filled in, and you can see evidence of where they once were.
Force Link Notes: Standard, familiar R2-D2 sound effects from existing movies. Good choices.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,430: November 29, 2017