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R2-D2 - ROTS - Basic (III 7)

Name: R2-D2
Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: III 7
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: April 2005
License: Hasbro

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The fiesty droid R2-D2 is assigned to serve Anakin Skywalker in the Clone Wars. Seated in the droid socket of Anakin's Jedi starfighter, R2-D2 is witness to dramatic events that will change the galaxy.

It can be maddening when Hasbro designs an all-new sculpt for a long-awaited Star Wars character and then decides to throw in an annoying action feature isn’t it? That’s precisely how we feel about R2-D2 (III 7) from the Revenge Of The Sith line. The figure is a success on a few levels, but it is also a novelty figure that really doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Although we have trouble making out exactly why everything that has been included with him has been added here, R2-D2 is better than most collectors will acknowledge and give him credit for because let's face it, this figure borders on being an enigma. Please understand that this figure is equally perplexing as it is interesting. But parts of it may just represent some of the best work Hasbro has ever put into an R2-D2 figure especially in the last few years. Are you curious to know why this is true? In order to amenably listen to what we have to say, please forget for a minute that this figure has that annoying action feature. It (the action feature) isn't screen accurate and we don't know what Hasbro was thinking when they designed it. R2-D2 is called out on the packaging with the catchphrase “Droid Attack!” so this version is loosely based on the scene when the Super Battle Droid duo confronts him on Grievous’ Invisible Hand. Yet, it's not at the same time. If you look carefully at the "droid part bundle," it looks like R2-D2 took out some revenge on his longsuffering partner, C-3PO. C-3PO's head is in the mix of "attacked" parts. What the heck?

But back to the movie accurate part of this, as R2-D2 tries to hide from the Super Battle Droids, his cover is blown no thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobi barking orders at him to guide the elevator shaft up and down as he and Anakin Skywalker rescue Chancellor Palpatine. The cranky Super Battle Droids find R2 and attempt to rough him up, but R2 manages to spray them with grease and propel himself above the slick mess with his booster rockets, which in turn ignite the grease and burn the Super Battle Droids into one hot mess. Hasbro must have received some preliminary (and incomplete) information on how this scene was to go down, but obviously they were given some misinformation especially since they sculpted C-3PO's head (or another protocol droid's head) into the accessory. Then again, perhaps they used their own form of poetic license like they did with another "accessory". R2-D2 also comes with an arm attachment that secures to the top of his dome and it really doesn't make too much sense since this too wasn't seen in Episode III. As an added play value, the "droid parts" can be held with the mechanical arm. This mechanical arm (that nicely attaches to the top of the dome) of course also wasn’t seen in the film, so this was clearly designed as a Hasbro concept too. Along with the odd mechanical arm, R2-D2 also comes with a “micro playset” of sorts (for lack of a better term). It seems as if it should play into the action features worked in the figure itself, but we are honestly at a loss on how to explain why is was included as it really offers nothing than a backdrop for the character and not much else. But it "works" in the sense as you get a lot more plastic here for under $6 than most other figures in the line. This base accessory has a subtle seesaw like action to it and other than that, we have no idea what its purpose is. Perhaps it could be part of the floor on the Invisible Hand (or something), but we honestly have no idea what it is at all. R2-D2's body has been designed with a much smoother feel. All of the panels aren't harsh indentations. Hasbro has said for years that R2's body is smooth and not textured with various panels. So we like this transition of sorts.

The R2-D2 figure itself is far from perfection obviously. Despite having a well-proportioned and smoother body and perfectly shaped and colored dome, R2-D2 suffers terribly from a really bad third center leg. But since it is involved with the action feature, it makes sense why is looks so accentuated and quite frankly out of place. Its length is way too long and inaccurate to the movie character. R2-D2 comes with removable booster rockets so the kid or collector who owns this to can recreate R2’s escape from the Super Battle Droids. The look pretty cool on him and attach via two small plugs very tightly. You have to look really hard to even see them. They add great detail to his legs, but unfortunately the feet don't have their own joints. Again, what a waste it is that this effort was lost on an action feature action figure. There is some yellowing on the third leg and at the base of R2’s body. We’re not entirely sure if this is to represent the reflection of the flames or just generic dirt from his scuffle with the Super Battle Droids. It looks uneven because some parts are highlighted with this wash while the rest of R2-D2 glistens in bright white. It may have been best to ignore this final touch altogether. We really appreciate that Hasbro gave R2-D2 a flat “brushed nickel” look to his dome. This is probably the one and only reason why we are enamored of this figure. If you’re totally against your action figures having action features, then this isn’t the droid you’re looking for, but if you can overlook it, this figure does look good (from a certain point of view). (Editor’s Note: Hasbro made the definitive R2-D2 based on this scene in Revenge Of The Sith when they released 2007’s TAC R2-D2 (No. 04) figure. It’s one of the most brilliant versions of R2-D2 they have ever made to date.)

Collector Notes

R2-D2

Status: R2-D2 is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel outer legs, hinge-jointed third foot, sliding third leg action feature

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: droid attack arm, super battle droid parts (single mold), 2 booster rockets, environmental display stand

Date Stamp: 2004

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 85280/85173

UPC: 076930852804

Retail: $5.99 USD

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Revenge Of The Sith Wave 1
Obi-Wan Kenobi (III 1)
Anakin Skywalker (III 2)
Yoda (III 3)
Super Battle Droid (III 4)
Chewbacca (III 5)
Clone Trooper (III 6)
R2-D2 (III 7)
Grievous's Bodyguard (III 8)
General Grievous (III 9)
Mace Windu (III 10)
Darth Vader (III 11)
Emperor Palpatine (III 12)

Added: May 15, 2012
Category: Revenge Of The Sith
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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