Type: Jumbo Kenner Vintage Figures
Number: Item No. 80130
Edition Size: 1000
Source: A New Hope
Availability: August 2012
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
Throughout the years, there have been very few accurate representations of R5-D4 by Hasbro in the basic figure line. At face value some sculpts have been amazing, but one detail, more often than not, is always left out. We are referring to the vertical red panels on the astromech droid’s posterior. If you look at the various modern action figure interpretations of him, you’ll notice he needs a little bit of color on the back of him. What makes this especially annoying is that it’s a major detail that the original 1979 Kenner didn’t miss. As you can imagine, after so many 3.75” releases of R5-D4, it’s especially comforting to see him again in one-sixth scale with this detail completely in place. R5-D4 was a Star Wars fan favorite action figure in the original Kenner line. He lasted throughout the line’s entire eight year run. We loved placing him in the Y-wing Fighter because he looked cooler than ever. And sometimes he had a slight edge over R2-D2 as far as design. Whether you like him or not, R5-D4 has sustained his positive image throughout the years quite easily.
So now we welcome R5-D4 into Gentle Giant Ltd.’s Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures line. He comes to collectors a whole lot bigger, but all of the original elements are in place, from the decal that gives him his many bodily details, to the clicking sound made by rotating his dome. One of the most simply articulated of all the Kenner figures, R5-D4 comes with a mere three points of articulation. His aforementioned rotating dome is joined by two swivel legs at the “shoulder” pivot points. For reasons unknown, R5-D4 is a tad less white than the Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure. We looked at the 1979 and 1978 figures respectively and couldn’t find any difference between the two white plastics. This might end up being a small oversight by the folks at Gentle Giant. It’s really not drastic so please don’t think that they look like they are two different colors. R5-D4 is excellently painted and in perfect scale to the rets of the figures in the line. He looks exceptional next to the other 1979 Star Wars figures that were originally released alongside him back in the day.
Status: R5-D4 is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 3
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2012
Retail: $79.99 USD
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