Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: 4 of 4
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: January 2005
R4-G9 is an astromech droid that accompanies Obi-Wan Kenobi on a mission to the sinkhole planet of Utapau, where Obi-Wan hopes to destroy General Grievous, the supreme commander of the Separatist droid armies.
Pivotal. Innovational. History changing. Important. Groundbreaking. These are all fair adjectives to which can be attributed to the brilliantly created R4-G9 figure part of the Sneak Preview set of Revenge Of The Sith figures that were released to whet collector’s appetites until the line hit retail in April of 2005. R4-G9 has changed the way collectors identify with their astromech droids. The figure is a triumph in every sense of the word and you can bet this will be the template for many astromech droids in the future. (Editor’s Note: Obviously this has come to pass in innumerable ways to date.) Just when we thought the VOTC R2-D2 sculpt could be improved upon, Hasbro comes through in an impressive way and develops an all-new sculpt. R4-G9 comes with a very well-functioning twist-up third leg feature (by turning its dome) and the leg completely rolls up into the cavity and the bottom of the foot is flush with the bottom of its body. What’s more, R4-G9’s third leg (when slid down) can be set to be flush with the other two outside legs while maintaining a natural angle. The wheels of the feet only make this entire figure all the better.
R4-G9 also has the distinction of being the only Sneak Preview figure that was a fans’ choice figure (of sorts). Although the character had been established for Episode III, members of the www.starwars.com Hyperspace fan club could vote in an online poll to determine the color and look of the new astromech droid for Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Obi-Wan Kenobi needed to replace his longtime companion R4-P17 after being destroyed during the Battle of Coruscant.) Fans and collectors could vote on the look of R4-G9 between July and August of 2003, quite a distant time away from the release of Revenge Of The Sith. Voters were presented with four different color schemes and ultimately the bronze and copper design ended up winning their hearts. Did you vote? Because of the significant advanced notice, Hasbro was able to get this figure out to collectors as a generous Sneak Preview “early” release. R4-G9 was a treat for collectors. The last Sneak Preview astromech droid was released at the tail end of the Power Of The Jedi line and it was sadly a disappointment in accuracy and aesthetics. R4-G9 remedies that beyond measure.
Status: R4-G9 is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 7 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel ankles, sliding third leg (activate by rotating dome), swivel third foot
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: planet hologram
Date Stamp: 2004
Collection: Sneak Preview
Assortment Number: 85364/85172
Retail: $5.99 USD
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