Snaggletooth - Kenner - Vintage Star Wars (1978)
Return to the Main Jedi Temple Archives Home Page

30 (77-07)

R2-KT - TAC - Exclusives

Name: R2-KT
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: Expanded Universe
Availability: July 2007
License: Hasbro

Review_R2KT01 Review_R2KT02 Review_R2KT03 Review_R2KT04
Review_R2KT05 Review_R2KT06 Review_R2KT07 Review_R2KT08

R2-KT was created in 2005 to honor Katie Johnson, a very special little girl who trgaically passed away from brain cancer on August 9, 2005 at the age of seven. Her father, Albin Johnson, is the founder of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming fan club that performs charity work around the world. Katie had a special wish: to visit Walt Disney World. Through the generosity of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Katie's wish was granted. Then ne more special dream came true. Katie's sister, Allie, was inspired one day while watching Attack Of The Clones, in which R2-D2 watches over the sleeping Padmé. Allie thought how great it would be if Artoo could watch over Katie while she underwent treatment, and for the droid to be named "KT" after her sister. The R2 Builders Club made Allie's idea a reality by creating a unique R2 unit especially for Katie. The 501st Legion approached Hasbro with the idea of producing a figure to commemorate R2-KT. This inspired Hasbro and Lucasfilm to help make more wishes come true for children like Katie. Hasbro and Lucasfilm together are donating $100,000 in Katie's memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundations of South Carolina and San Diego.

Philanthropy can truly be a beautiful thing can’t it? It seems to strike the strongest chord of emotion when it affects children. Hasbro stepped up to the plate big time and donated their time and a generous financial gift to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in California and South Carolina. And it all began with the story of a precious little seven year old girl named Katie Johnson who sadly lost her battle with brain cancer. Little Katie had indirect ties to the Star Wars community. Her father is the founder of the 501st Legion – the fan club that dresses up in various Imperial gear at various charity events and conventions across the country. Katie’s father presented the idea to Hasbro to develop a Star Wars figure to commemorate Katie in a magnificent way. But this idea stemmed from an original concept by Katie’s sister who was inspired by a scene in Attack Of The Clones when R2-D2 serves as a sentry to guard Padme Amidala when she was sleeping on Coruscant (after the many attempts on her life). Allie thought it would be cool to have a special astromech watch over Katie during her very difficult treatments at the hospital. So did the rest of the collecting community.

To bring Katie’s special R2 unit to life, The R2 Builders Club stepped in and immediately came up with a unique concept, a pink R2 astromech droid, and Katie’s sister came up with the name “KT” to give it a monogrammed vibe. And the rest is history. A cool pink astromech droid was finalized and presented to the Star Wars universe. Katie’s father then in turn brought the action figure idea to Hasbro and it was quickly embraced by the staff at Hasbro and Lucasfilm. Released as an exclusive in multiple ways, R2-KT was first released as a 2007 SDCC exclusive and it was quickly embraced by collectors everywhere. R2-KT is a touching action figure because on its back is the memoriam for Katie Johnson and the droid’s name. But Hasbro did it with the perfect amount of sensitivity and respect for little Katie and her family is forever grateful for the realization of this special R2 unit in the basic figure line. It isn’t too often we get action figures like this for our collections, so not only is it special for Katie’s family, it' should be quite special for collectors as well.

R2-KT is a rework of 2005’s ROTS R4-G9 (4 of 4) Sneak Preview figure. By spinning the dome the third leg rises and lowers and you can completely hide it inside of the body cavity of the figure. It rolls up completely flush at the bottom of the body. All three legs come with wheels. Not only does this add authenticity, it adds functionality to an otherwise simple sculpt. Hasbro mimicked the paint scheme of the full-sized R2 unit designed by the R2 Builders Club. The pink is spot on (and a perfect color for cancer awareness) and the brushed nickel dome couldn’t look better. The red lettering on the back which pays tribute to Katie Johnson looks a little odd with the rest of the colors on the droid, but there is no denying that the powerful words stand out and help us to remember why we bought the action figure in the first place. But this figure is about philanthropy and tribute to a very special girl. And you know you want a pink R2 astromech in your collection anyhow. Be sure to support Katie indirectly and help Hasbro make more wishes come true.

Collector Notes

R2-KT

Status: R2-KT is a rework of 2005's ROTS R4-G9 (4 of 4) Sneak Preview 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: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 87568

UPC: 653569272731

Retail: $9.99 USD

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

 

30 (77-07)
All Products

 
Added: July 15, 2012
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
Score:
blog comments powered by Disqus

Return to Research Droids Reviews Index

-Click HERE to return to the home page-

Channels

 

Follow Us

JTA Info

Affiliates

Hasbro

Gentle Giant

Sideshow Collectibles

Kotobukiya

LEGO

Mattel

Disney

Disney Store

Acme Archives

Hallmark

Trading Cards

Store Reports

Research Droids Reviews

Visual Guides

Books & Novels

Conventions

Star Wars Celebration News

Movie & TV News

Q&A of the Day

Rants & Raves

Special Reports

Action Figures In Action

       Facebook

       Instagram

       Pinterest

       Youtube

       RSS

Home

Contact

News Archives

Site Search

Image Use Policy

Privacy Policy

RDR Index

Visual Guide Index

Bantha Skull

Collector's Cantina

Imperial Shipyards

Jedi News

Sandtroopers

Star Wars Action News

Star Wars Figuren

Star Wars New Zealand

ToyzMag

Yakface

Star Wars is a Copyright and Trademark of LucasFilm LTD. This site is intended for informational purposes only, and is not in anyway associated with LFL. All Visual Guides, images, and content are the property of JediTempleArchives.com, © 2004-2014 and may not be reused without permission. Please do not direct link to any of the content on this web site. PHP-Nuke Copyright © 2004 by Francisco Burzi. This is free software, and you may redistribute it under the GPL. PHP-Nuke comes with absolutely no warranty, for details, see the license. Click here for our complete Privacy Policy. Click here for our Image Use Policy.