Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 30 04
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: March 2007
Astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton
Served Padmé Amidala, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker
Arc welder, buzz saw, and jets
Given to improvisation, which is itself a unique trait for a droid, R2-D2 has fought his way out of more sticky situations than most. From unorthodox uses for his arc welder to jets of highly flammable lubricants, this little droid always has a trick or two just beneath his chassis.
It’s a guarantee that we’ll see R2-D2 in every basic figure line look until the line dies. And interestingly, the inclusion of R2-D2 (or multiple versions) in the basic figure line each year doesn’t really get old. Hasbro successfully changes up the accessories or features enough to make each version unique for the most part. And after 30 years, we almost have every scene-specific version of R2-D2 possible. We were particularly excited about the R2-D2 in the first wave of the 30 (77-07) line. It’s a lot of plastic and it’s probably the most colorful R2-D2 we will ever receive. Based on the scene when R2-D2, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are on General Grievous’ Invisible Hand trying to rescue Senator Palpatine from Count Dooku and company. R2-D2 tries his best to hide from the Super Battle Droids responding to Obi-Wan’s voice blaring out of the communicator. And even though R2 tosses inside his can, it doesn’t do much to deter the Separatist droids from finding him out. They attack R2-D2 until the astromech sprays them with grease and lights them on fire with his rocket jets. This truly proves that R2-D2 is indeed an “attack” R2-D2. (That’s for all you POTF2 people!)
Hasbro cleverly replicated this scene verbatim via an awesomely sculpted “fire” stand where the jets serve as plugs that go into holes in the stand. Even the Super Battle Droid (30 08) that joins R2-D2 in the same wave can interact together to really complete the scene! (But you’ll have to read that review for more information.) While “fire” in the past has looked pretty silly, the complete opposite is true for R2-D2. Not only does it look like believable fire, but its functionality is only surpasses by the brilliant (and bright) paint job Hasbro gave it. There are many levels of “heat” that can be seen in the sculpt as you’ll find orange, yellow and black mixed throughout. It’s extremely well done! When you perch R2-D2 on the stand, it has almost perfect balance and R2 can fit perfectly in the middle of it. R2 remains straight and centered and we couldn’t be happier with the final result. While this version of R2-D2 is extremely specific to a few seconds in the film, we think an action figure based on this sequence is just as viable to the line as a generic one. R2-D2 is one of the main characters and we want to see them in all of their “hats” in the various films.
Status: R2-D2 is a retool and subsequent repaint of 2005's ROTS R4-G9 Sneak Preview (4 of 4) figure. This time the figure has new legs.
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: 3
Accessory Details: 2 removable jet rockets, flame effect stand
Date Stamp: 2007
Assortment Number: 87236/87500
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30 (77-07) Wave 1
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