Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: III 7
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: April 2005
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.
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
Assortment Number: 85280/85173
Retail: $5.99 USD
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