Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,511: R2-S8 (Droid Factory Line Look)

R2-S8 Fairly Spectacular
Droid Factory Solo: A Star Wars Story Boxed Set
Item No.:
  No. 63488
Manufacturer: Disney
Number: n/a
Includes: 3 more droid figures
Action Feature: Breaks down into 5 separate pieces
Retail: $29.99
Availability: April 2018
Appearances: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Bio: All different types of Astromech droids populate the Star Wars galaxy.  Each droid is different and has their own unique personality and colors.   These four new Astromech droids are featured in Solo: A Star Wars Story.   May the Force be with you... and your Droids!  (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Commentary:  I saw the movies in theaters twice and do not recall seeing R2-s8.  I'm not complaining, I almost wonder if I will be disappointed when I see the source material.  The toy looks like used sneakers.   The white droid has red, black, and dirty wear on it plus a lot of fun surprises.  I think this may have some of the most panels painted compared to any figure yet, plus it has some Aurebesh on the side that doesn't obviously translate to anything that makes sense.

I love that the eye and eye box are dirty and a little cloudy.  I love the little red light painted near the bottom, and the blue rectangles.  I love the black and red striped "caution" marking on the back of the leg that, had they left it out, I might never notice. I love the silver stripe around the legs, and the black box on the back of one of the legs.

Even though I've seen this mold more times than I care to admit, and own all of them, it's wonderful.  The extra red stripes on the dome make a big difference, and as much as I hate to say this I'd probably have paid $30 just for this one robot.  (I paid $40 for the set on eBay.)     Two of the droids in this set are groaners, but two are worth my taking time out of your day to say how nifty they are.   This is probably my favorite Disney-era astromech droid that appeared in one of the movies.   (Favorite toy may well be R3-B0017, as he glows in the dark.)  This is a wonderful little robot and I'm glad I have it.  But R5-PHT, you're still boring.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from eBay.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,511: August 28, 2018

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