Name: Luke Skywalker/R2-D2
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 6 of 6 (Walmart Exclusive)
Source: A New Hope
Availability: June 2008
Luke is a young Jedi who helps defeat the Empire. His Astromech droid R2-D2 is damaged during the attack on the first Death Star.
Hasbro really did their best to give us “new” figures in 2007’s TAC Walmart exclusive Droid Factory sets. Even if we saw the figures before, there was definitely enough changed on each (for the most part) to warrant “another” purchase of these action figures and define them as “new enough”. These upgrades coupled with a great price point and cool packaging nearly ensured healthy success of these store exclusives and they really did sell very well. The last set in the bunch was based on two characters who took part in the climax of the Rebel Alliance’s assault on the first Death Star. Both Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 get another release as action figures, but they are new interpretations of the classic characters. In fact, we never got this version of R2-D2 before this set. R2-D2 was damaged by Imperial blasts and Luke had to rely on the Force to aim the proton torpedoes in the Death Star’s exhaust system. They triumphed, but R2-D2 came out of it almost destroyed. Although C-3PO was not needed as a donor, R2-D2 was made whole before the conclusion of the film. Hasbro thought the time was right to release this battle-damaged version of R2-D2 and we think it was the perfect time too. R2-D2 came out great. After more than a decade of action figures, it would make sense that Hasbro needs to delve a bit deeper in their approach into specific versions of characters to make the line fresh and exciting and not stagnant and boring. Hasbro thought hard about it and came out with a new and fresh approach to our favorite astromech droid.
For the first time ever, we get an awesomely articulated R2-D2 action figure as he appeared after being nearly obliterated during the assault on the first Death Star. R2-D2 is a retool of 2005's ROTS R4-G9 (4 of 4) Sneak Preview figure but you can basically consider him an all-new figure because Hasbro has significantly retooled him and made it their mission to craft the most unbelievable battle-damage you will ever find on a droid. It has been done so well we couldn’t expect them to do a better job on another figure. Hands down, R2-D2 looks great and he is the highlight of the set. R2-D2 is covered in dirt and filth and looks exactly as he did when the Rebel technicians pulled him out of Luke’s X-wing “injured” after Luke successfully blew up the Death Star. We needed this version of R2-D2 for years and it finally has come to pass. When you turn R2’s dome, his third leg pulls up inside of his body cavity. And while you can move his main legs back and forth, the newly sculpted “opened” front panels encumber the full range of motion of the legs. You can use some force to articulate the legs past the panels, but the way this figure was designed, it doesn’t seem as if Hasbro thought this entirely through as well as they could have. This is not detrimental to the aesthetic of the figure but rather just an observation we made. R2-D2 is essentially disabled at this point in the film, so there won’t be much need to pose him in “walking or rolling” mode. We can’t stop raving about how well R2-D2 has been designed. He is awesome and we would love to see this version individually carded at some point down the road.
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: C-3PX right arm
Assortment Number: 87755/12980
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Status: Luke Skywalker is a repaint of 2006's VTSC Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot figure.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed rigth shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left glove (1), swivel right glove (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: removable helmet, lightsaber, lightsaber hilt
Date Stamp: 2005
Status: R2-D2 is a significant retool and repaint of 2005's ROTS R4-G9 (4 of 4) Sneak Preview figure. Technically, R2-D2 can almost be considered an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 10 points (10 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel dome (1), swivel left leg (1), swivel right leg (1), hinge-jointed left ankle (1), hinge-jointed right ankle (1), sliding third leg (activate by rotating dome) (1), swivel third foot (1), left leg rolling wheel (1), right leg rolling wheel (1), third foot rolling wheel (1)
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2004
30 (77-07) Droid Factory
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