Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Exclusive 2-Pack
Item No.: No. E4590
Includes: Flames, rocket launchers, removable limbs, C-3PO
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: September 2018
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: R2-D2, pronounced Artoo-Detoo and often referred to as R2 (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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The top of the dome and one of the side panels are left blank, which is a shame given this is a great mold with otherwise superb paint. The projector has a dot painted in the middle, the big eye is glossy and black, and there's a ton of grit that looks great. I was really impressed by the flames - Hasbro's clear plastic fades from blue to yellow to orange, and it's gorgeous. Much like the Kaiju-inspired deco of its Jurassic World: Dino Hybrid toys, Hasbro seems to be taking pointers from Monster Kolor sofubi customizers and turning high-priced collector paint jobs out on kid-focused toys. The results are striking - I'd like to see more of this kind of coloring on Hasbro toys.
It's good, but certainly not essential. You've got tons of R2-D2 figures from this basic mold, so you may already have one you like more. This R2-D2 has tons of great silver painted bits and wonderful grime, but the top of the dome is iffy enough that maybe you'd want to mix and match with other build-a-droid figures to get one to your liking. Hasbro did a good overall job, minus the dome quibbles. Aside from that, this is one of their best efforts.
Force Link 2.0 Notes: Beeps from the movies. You know the ones.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Amazon.
Day 2,576: April 11, 2019