Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 30 51
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: December 2007
Services Queen's starship
Multiple repair tools
An astromech droid on Queen Amidala’s Royal Starship, R2-B1 is one of the droids that tries to repair the ship’s damaged shield generator. As the starship attempts to get through the Trade Federation blockade, R2-B1 and another droid are destroyed by enemy fire, leaving only R2-D2 to complete the task.
Is it wrong to love a figure that is so wrong even though it still feels right to love it? Well, that is exactly how we feel about R2-B1. First immortalized in plastic in the waning days of the Episode I line in 2000, the figure didn’t offer much to collectors that we didn’t already see in pretty much every R2-D2 figure that preceded it. But as time went on, many collectors wanted this colorful droid updated. That dream became a reality in the 30 (77-07) line thanks to a need to fill seven spots for the delayed The Force Unleashed figures. R2-B1 wasn’t a completely perfect or definitive update, but it is good enough and certainly better than the 2000 figure (by a landslide). The yellow is softer and the blue is bolder and the combination makes for quite a sweet update. Unfortunately something went awry with its dome. And it was a goof that Hasbro is sorry ever happened. Something in the recipe for the dome color was left out so instead of getting a dulled metallic finish, we got a shiny light or faded gray color instead. But with all of the other enhancements made to this little astromech droid, we think that the dome color issue can be overlooked a little bit by collectors. (But just by a little bit. We hope that Hasbro will perfect this figure at some point.)
R2-B1 and TC-14 were two figures that were both not so easy to find in the Episode I line. Hasbro rectified this years later in the 30 (77-07) basic figure lines. R2-B1 obviously got a coveted spot in the basic figure line, while TC-14 was a fans’ choice winner in the Saga Legends tournament hosted by Rebelscum.com. So it was quite cool to get these two droids together again in a new collection. R2-B1 is a repaint of 2005’s ROTS R4-G9 Sneak Preview (4 of 4) mold, a fan favorite mold by the way, and has been repainted to match the coloring of the droid we saw very briefly in The Phantom Menace. And thankfully Hasbro also included the accessory that came with the original 2000 figure, the droid harness. Despite the 2007 figure’s larger scale, it can fit in the harness perfectly well. Hasbro must have unwittingly incorporated some forward thinking technology into the harness because it works like a charm. And because the R4-G9 mold is such a remarkable sculpt, many of the fine details on R2-B1 have been included for this release. The different plates on its body are now correctly decorated and in accurate scale. Also of note, the light ports on the dome have not been colored. The 2000 figure has these correctly decorated, but the 2007 figure does not. Apparently the dome had some major issues at the factory level, didn’t it? Whether you can get past the dome issue or not will be your decision, but this droid looks pretty great as is.
Status: R2-B1 is a rework of 2005's ROTS R4-G9 Sneak Preview (4 of 4) figure. The harness is from the original 2000 EI R2-B1 (Astromech Droid) figure.
Articulation Count: 7 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel ankles, sliding third leg (activate by rotating dome), swivel third foot
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: harness
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 87648/87500
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