Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,986: Blue R2-Series Astromech Droid

R2-SERIES ASTROMECH DROID Silver 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: You can make R2-D2 using parts from the Blue R2-Series Astromech Droid, but to most kids it would seem all astromech droids are "R2-D2."  They were out of R2 bodies when I was at Disney (I managed to get one later) but you can also  build a swell blue droid using the dome, or even use an R7 body if, uh, well, things did not go as planned, let's say.   This mold in these colors lends itself to numerous varied builds, and I gotta say I really do like how the R7 body looks with the dome.  My favorite build (not shown) is just giving R2-D2 the Indiana Jones hat, it's odd but it just seems like a really perfect fit in terms of personality.

Since R2-D2 is available in build-a-droid Droid Factory pieces already, you may not see a reason to chase down this version.  It's painted slightly differently (note the red light) and has a hole in its head, but it's still basically R2-D2.  If you love R2 or need to collect them all, it's worth chasing down.  I like the coloring a lot, and the vibrant red dot actually makes it worthwhile if you ask me.

Collector's Notes: Probably not worth the asking price relative to other toys you can get, but if you're like me you have a problem and want them all.  So yeah.  Go ahead and get it, you know you want to.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,986: January 23, 2013

1 comment:

Fox Magrathea said...

I've gone blank on how the R2-D2 and C-3PO made from build-a-droid parts are available... HELP?