Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase II]
Source: Star Tours
Availability: January 2003
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Many Star Wars collectors soon realized it was a shame that Disney didn’t use droids from the Star Wars saga in their popular STAR TOURS attraction. This hindsight was made a reality when Hasbro decided to make exclusive action figures based on the characters seen throughout the theme park ride. The reason for the slight disappointment is because Hasbro developed some of the best astromech droids of their career in this exclusive format. But fans of the films wanted the same quality, as these in the basic figure line. So clearly the STAR TOURS figures were bittersweet. Thankfully, they looked good enough to be background fodder in various displays and dioramas. Beginning in 2002, Hasbro released three exclusive waves of STAR TOURS droids to Disney theme parks. The first two wave came packaged in the Power Of The Jedi line look, but the third came packaged in the Star Wars [Saga – Phase II] line look instead. The latter was an early 2003 release and Hasbro was well into the planning and development stages of the line and decided to go with the “new” line look instead. R5-D2, G2-9T and SK-Z38 made up this wave of droids and we feel that one, R5-D2 is one of the best looking astromechs in Hasbro’s career.
R5-D2 is essentially an all-new sculpt. Although it reuses the legs (including the third retractable leg) from 2002’s POTJ R4-M9 (Sneak Preview) figure, the dome and the body are all-new sculpts. What’s so enticing about this figure is that on top of a glorious sculpt, Hasbro has given it the antithesis of a glamorous paint job. R5-D2 is severely battle-damaged. It has a terrible blast on the center of its body and the damage runs up the side as well. This blast is actually three-dimensionally sculpted into this action figure. The texture is deep and Hasbro did a great job recreating the droid’s blast point. But that’s not the only impressive detail given to the astromech’s realistic paint job. R5-D2 has also been given a dramatically realistic final wash that recreates a covering of grease, grime and dirt. It’s apparent that R5-D2 has been through quite an ordeal and Hasbro ensured that they made this apparent on the action figure. If you look at reference images of this droid, you’ll see that although dirtier in images, Hasbro was faithful in recreating the various dirt, debris and damage that is strewn all over this astromech. If Hasbro could apply even a fraction of this detail to figures in the basic figure line, collectors would be happier people.
Status: R5-D2 is technically an all-new figure, but utilizes all three legs from 2001's POTJ R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) figure.
Articulation Count: 7 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 3 hinge-jointed feet, slide-out third leg
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2002
Assortment Number: 10149
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Star Wars [Saga - Phase II]
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