Friday, December 14, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,958: Blue R4-Series Astromech Droid

R4-SERIES ASTROMECH DROID White Dome with Blue Panels
Star Tours Droid Factory Customizable Figure
Item No.:
No. ???
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Head, 2 legs, torso, central third leg, optional hat
Action Feature: Comes apart
Retail: $10-$12
Availability: 2012
Appearances: n/a

Bio: These figures do not have specific packaging or configurations.  As such, we will be treating each dome as a unique "figure" as that part is the most plentiful.   At this time there are 25 domes and while Hasbro sometimes seems to indicate they are not Hasbro product, they do have Hasbro copyright markings and as such we are classifying them under the Hasbro banner.

Image: Adam's photo hole.

Commentary: A few years ago I decided it would be funny, as there were many to review, to do a solid month of Clone Troopers in Figure of the Day.  I think people started sending hate mail around day 14, so I didn't do it with astromech figures this year.  You're welcome.  Anyway, the R4-series Astromech Droid now comes in a blue dome which matches R2-D2's body nicely.  The pattern on the head is pretty much identical to the purple one, except, well, it's blue.  The silver and black is pretty much the same, so what you have here is a decent (and presumably easy-to-make) redeco.  It's a nice design, and it fits in well with my other figures.  The body I picked for this one was R2-D2's, because, well, blue.  There's not a lot of light blue here just yet so it's a nice match when it comes to augmenting your droid pool.

Collector's Notes:  This item was a customizable release at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, and you can configure them any way you wish. There's not much to it.  Get one if you want one, I did!

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,958: December 14, 2012

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