The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Exclusive Red Squadron Figure Set
Item No.: No. E2311
Includes: 3 droids
Action Feature: Compartments open to reveal arms, retractable third leg when dome spins.
Availability: May 2018
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: A red astromech droid used by Jek Tono Porkins - Red Six - during the Battle of Yavin, R5-D8 saw time on both Y-wing and X-wing starfighters during his service to the alliance. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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R5-D4 has no accessories and is basically a redeco of last year's vintage 40th Anniversary R5-D4. The figure replaces all the blue R2-D2 panels with red ones - R5-D4 has a few blue panels on his person, and Lucasfilm apparently has made zero effort to keep them all consistent. It's a department that needs a bunch of annoyingly fastidious little dorks (why don't I have this job?) comparing any and all products to previous reference material and products, and that doesn't seem to happen. Someone said "good enough" and called it a day, meaning that most likely this figure is not accurate to the closest thing we have to a body reference photo - the trading card game. That figure has blue directly below the dome, on the top of the body where the "chest" would be. This one is red. Everything else is kind of a toss-up - from that trading card to R5-D4, there's minimal if any discernible difference. The comics don't always get it right either, so I don't blame everybody - but it'd be nice to see more effort to getting it consistent if it can't be correct. And again, I don't know for sure what "correct" is.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Amazon.
Day 2,520: September 27, 2018