Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 5 of 6
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: June 2008
Watto sells used droids and mechanical parts in his shop on Tatooine. One of the droids for sale is R2-T0.
You will hear us express ad nauseum in this column that a good paint job will make or break a figure. But more importantly, while our position doesn't change, it is probably more true that you will not fully appreciate the upgraded paint job until you compare it against the first original release. Take for example Watto. He was a fine action figure in 1999 for the Episode I line, but his sculpt was resurrected for the 2008 TAC Droid Factory line. While he is a figure that is not of the modern articulation standards (in fact, he has a paltry five points only), what Hasbro has done to make him more modern and up to date is nothing short of brilliant and makes him a very exciting update. We even dare to say that he may not even need an update after this one because he is that good. Watto gets the royal treatment in the paint deco department this time around and we are completely amazed by how much we notice in the sculpt (for the first time years later) thanks to this new enhancement. Every scratch, dimple, scrunch in his face and detail on his scantily clad outfit is more noticeable than ever, not to mention that his skin tone and eyes are finally done in the correct colors now. Nothing looks faded or missing like the original release. We applaud Hasbro for their efforts that make this action figure better than it ever was before. Watto is equally as important to this set as his fellow R2 unit (who sees release for the very first time in this very set) because it's basically like we got Watto again in our collections for the first time (if that makes any sense to you). He has been that much improved. We wouldn't lie to you.
Besides the amazing paint application upgrade on Watto, you can also get excited about the astromech because this two-pack brings us one that we never have received to date. R2-T0 brings an amazing new level of detail to an astromech droid as well as a beautiful paint job to the table as well. Basically a background astromech droid (aren't most of them background?), Hasbro went above and beyond what this droid needed to make a great and authentic droid for the popular Droid Factory series. He is cast in a grayish metallic blue plastic but is enveloped in a scratchy wash from dome to third leg evidencing the harsh climate conditions in the Tatooine suns. Complementing his nearly all blue body, R2-T0 has celadon and red details around his dome in addition to a white "eyeport" below his main photoreceptor. R2-T0 is a refreshing droid in our very large general Star Wars collections but also brings a whole new level of individuality and coolness to your growing astromech sub-collection too. It's very rare unfortunately that droids do not get the extensive paint operations that R2-T0 did, so you should count yourselves very fortunate! R2-T0 is a repaint of the über-popular 2005 ROTS R4-G9 (Sneak Preview) (4 of 4) sculpt. It has everything you would want your astromech droid to have and more. But if you recall, this sculpt has a chronic problem of the third leg "foot" being assembled backwards on so many samples. R2-T0 is one that fell to this unfortunate fate. It is possible that there are some units that have it correctly placed, but we assume that this problem is at the factory level and needs to be fixed there first.
Assortment Number: 87756/12980
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Status: Watto is a repaint of 1999's EI Watto figure.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable welder, datapad, 2 removable wings
Date Stamp: 1999
Status: R2-T0 is a rework of 2005's ROTS R4-G9 (Sneak Preview) (4 of 4) figure.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel feet
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2004
Collection Droid Factory
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