Obi-Wan Kenobi (No. 2) - Hasbro - The Clone Wars [blue] (2008)
Return to the Main Jedi Temple Archives Home Page

Power of the Jedi

R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) - POTJ - Basic

Name: R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid)
Collection: Power Of The Jedi
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: April 2001
License: Hasbro

Review_R2Q5POTJ001 Review_R2Q5POTJ002 Review_R2Q5POTJ003 Review_R2Q5POTJ004
Review_R2Q5POTJ005 Review_R2Q5POTJ006 Review_R2Q5POTJ007 Review_R2Q5POTJ008
Review_R2Q5POTJ009 Review_R2Q5POTJ010 Review_R2Q5POTJ011 Review_R2Q5POTJ012

R2 units specialize in starship diagnostics and repairs. However, Imperial designers consider astromechs to be unneccesary weight for their short range TIE fighters. On the second Death Star, R2-Q5 helps maintain the station's elaborate weapons and security systems, and also services all TIE fighters and bombers.

The post Episode I era of Star Wars collecting has changed for the better when it came to astromech droids. Never content to stay with the same mold too long (although they’re guilty of reusing them multiple times in a short timeframe), Hasbro developed and all-new R2 unit base sculpt and has chosen to release it as an obscure background droid from Return Of The Jedi. R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) is an all-new sculpt. The character is very difficult to see in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, but is definitely in the film if you look hard enough. (Editor’s Note: A great shot of R2-Q5 can be seen in the opening deleted scene of Return Of The Jedi as presented in the Blu-ray boxed set.) Hasbro did an admirable job on the action figure. This shiny black astromech droid with copper colored access panels stands out from the rest of the droids in your collection. And it has a few enhancements that should make collectors very happy. Part of a great wave of figures, we hope that R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) isn’t the last droid from the Galactic Empire that Hasbro makes in 3.75” scale. It’s not often that we get astromech droids that aren’t R2-D2, let alone one of an Imperial class.

R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) comes with seven points of articulation. These points include a swivel dome, two swivel legs, three swivel feet and a slide-out third leg. Thanks to so much “leg” articulation, R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) can attain a vast array of poses at multiple angles even at unique postures. The mechanics aren’t necessarily flawless, but there are enough cleverly engineered parts to allow this droid to be positioned in so many cool and interesting ways. It would have been nice to see a more popular (and even lighter colored) droid utilize this mold first, but for one reason or another Hasbro felt this droid was a wiser choice. The paint job is simple but elegant. Although mostly black and cast in this colored plastic, it’s obvious that the figure has been painted in black on various spots as well. The bronze detail isn’t as striking as it is on the character in the film, but there is enough of this detail added to make it relevant. R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) looks great overall and is a forerunning action figure in the world of modern action figures. It’s a great upgrade and we can’t wait to see what other characters Hasbro decides to make utilizing this tooling. The possibilities are nearly endless, so they have plenty of options.

The most unique aspect of R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) is the accessory. How often do astromech droids come with accessories? (It isn’t that often at all.) Anyway, R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) comes with a hologram of the second Death Star. Not screen accurate by any means, it’s still a neat companion piece to the action figure. It seems that this type of accessory would go much better with an Admiral Ackbar, General Madine or Mon Mothma action figure instead. After all, they were the ones who managed to secure the plans to the second more powerful Death Star. During the tactical meeting on the Home One in Return Of The Jedi, you can clearly see a red holographic Death Star orbiting the forest moon of Endor. For us, this accessory is more fitting for the Rebel Alliance than the Galactic Empire. Then again, maybe R2-Q5 was the source from which the Rebel spies obtained the tactical readouts of the Death Star. One can speculate we presume. Anyway, R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) is well done. There isn’t much room to fault it. It’s a surprising release and shamelessly contrasts with the other astromech droids released in the basic figure line to date. Surely it’s one you’ll wish to add to your collection as well.

Collector Notes

R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid)

Status: R2-Q5 (Imperial Astromech Droid) is TBD.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 3 hinge-jointed feet, slide-out third leg

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: holographic Death Star II

Date Stamp: 2000

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84455/84629

UPC: 076930846292

Retail: $5.99 USD

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



Power Of The Jedi
All Products

Added: May 2, 2014
Category: Power Of The Jedi
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.