Droid Depot Droid Depot Droids boxed set
Item No.: ???
Action Feature: Comes apart
Availability: ??? 2020
Appearances: Galaxy's Edge
Bio: C2-B9 was an R-series astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton. It at some point served in the palace of Jabba Desilijic Tiure on the planet Tatooine. (Taken from Wookieepedia. Box has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Molded in orange, the head has white and silver trim around the neck and special weathering painted running down the three eyes. There are hints of flaking-off paint added around the head, and it translated nicely to plastic. There's even a dark orange ring circling the head. The top of the dome has white panel lines and dark orange pie slices, giving it a look of a 1980s plastic orange juice container. I like it.
The body is molded in white with abundant painted detail. There's a big orange swipe on the back that looks bizarre, but cool - I've not seen anything else like it on a droid. On top of that is some weathering, which is some of the absolute best weathering deco I've seen out of Disney. The front has some as well, but the back is absolutely stunning - it's better than any other droid I've had. The front is no slouch, with grimy orange paint also covered in dirt. I think the dirty deco is more impressive on the figure than on the prop photos, and the caution box is a little smaller than on the actual prop - but it's remarkably good. I would've expected Disney to trim some of the deco, but it's easy to see a bunch of opportunities for detail to show off just how far figure paint has come.
If you don't have an orange R5-style droid, this is the one for you. Get the set, you'll like it. Unless you have too many figures, in which case there's not much to say other than this is one of Disney's better droids. I think it helps that we get fewer robot floods, so Disney does a better job on the ones we do get. Now where the heck can I buy a R2-RNBW dagnabbit?
Collector's Notes: I got this from eBay for about $63 delivered. I was not happy to overpay by $13, but after tax and shipping, it wasn't too bad. It's still cheaper than paying the theme park parking rate were I still relatively local.
Day 2,839: July 20, 2021