The Black Series 40th Anniversary 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. E7549 No. E9314
Includes: 3 removable dome panels, sensorscope
Action Feature: Pop-out arm tools, retractable third leg, wheels
Availability: May 2020
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: R2-D2, pronounced Artoo-Deetoo and often referred to as R2 (Artoo), was an R2-series astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton with masculine programming. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The figure itself looks good in the packaging, but due to the case configuration it's commonly crushed - mint bubbles are going to be a rare find. Hasbro packed 5 figures into a case that could hold 6, so it would be easy for the cardboard to cave in a bit and this figure had no added support. AFA-100-seekers, I do not envy you.
The mechanisms all work as well as before. You've got rolling foot wheels. There's a third leg that retracts when you twist the dome. It's fine - it's just not as robust as that first release. If you already have it, you probably don't mind the accessories aren't here, and the different dirt deco isn't bad either. Since it's cheaper than the previous single releases and different than the "damaged" Amazon-exclusive version, you'll probably find it interesting enough to add to your Dagobah diorama display. With a little more mud, it would be even better - but as it is, it's more interesting than getting the same R2-D2 on a new cardback. It's a pity they skipped the actual 1982 Kenner Sensorscope cardback art, though, even if it isn't as appealing. Hasbro made a sensible series of choices here.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,703: June 30, 2020