Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,386: Artoo-Deetoo (R2-D2, Droid Factory)

ARTOO-DEETOO (R2-D2) 40th Anniversary Theme Park Edition
Droid Factory   Carded Figure 2-Pack
Item No.:
No. 67792
Manufacturer: Disney
Number: n/a
Includes: Removable limbs, dome, C-3PO figure
Action Feature: You can remove central leg, dome, and legs from body
Retail: $24.99
Availability: April 2017
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: All different types of Astromech droids populate the Star Wars galaxy.  Each droid is different and has their own unique personality and colors. C-3PO is a protocol droid that is fluent in over seven million forms of communication.  He is a constant companion to Astromech R2-D2, a skilled starship mechanic and fighter pilot's assistant.  Over the years, these two droids were involved in some of the galaxy's most defining moments and thrilling battles.  Join C-3PO and R2-D2 on their adventures throughout the galaxy. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Commentary:  While Chopper broke new ground and gave us something that serves as a high benchmark for the format, Artoo-Deetoo (R2-D2) meets expectations.  This is the same "wireless" version of the mold since the second phase of the Droid Factory, with the same mold being used for the right and left legs plus a dome with a hole in it - so you can use a hat.  (Sold separately.)

R2-D2 has 5 points of articulation and is a fairly sturdy little fellow.  Deco is more or less standard issue R2-D2 with a fairly intense printing of desert sands on his body.  The color is hard to get right, as you've no doubt seen on many other Hasbro R2-D2 figures over the years.   They did a good job printing on the deco cleanly, but it also looks like it might be, uh, smeared... let's go with chocolate.  The dome deco is great, but the dirt body seems a little exaggerated - especially compared to the photo of the prop shown on the back of the packaging.  The result is on the happy side of decent, but you might actually be happy with your existing R2-D2 toys. The lack of foot wires may make this one less than fully definitive, but at least it's an R2-D2 in a set at a price you can probably swing.

I'd say this one is for completists only, just because you do doubt have an R2-D2, or perhaps 40something flavors of him.   This is another one - and you may  have bought the same basic configuration sans dirt in the Droid Factory parts bins.  I love the packaging, the set is a good one, but it's still just another R2-D2 using existing tooling.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Disney Hollywood Studios.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,386: July 12, 2017

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