Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: A New Hope
Availability: February 2011*
* Wave 5 of The Vintage Collection was available through online retailers in January 2011
R5-D4 is absolutely one of our most favorite astromech droids in the Star Wars galaxy. And because of this love, we are very protective/defensive how this droid gets realized into 3.75” scale plastic. As collectors, we have seen this droid go through quite a metamorphosis that ranges from an absolutely horrid design (the 1996 POTF2 “attack” figure) all the way to the amazing repaint/retool (the glorious 2006 TSC figure). And you would think that in this modern day and age that the 2011 The Vintage Collection would bring us the best version of R5-D4 yet, but unfortunately it has not. This of course doesn’t mean that R5-D4 (VC40) is a bad figure, but it is a far cry from the near-perfect 2006 TSC R5-D4 (SAGA 032) with the stunning paint job, pop-up “bad motivator” and overall better head/dome. And we really can’t be too harsh on the new R5-D4 figure either. It’s a repainted Build A Droid figure (R5-A2 and R5-C7 are the predecessors of this sculpt) and the droid parts that compose him were part of a pack-in premium that we to this day are sad to see go away. So it’s quite easy to be found of the new R5-D4 while still being disgruntled that the “better” version wasn’t updated and chosen for release in The Vintage Collection. Hasbro is finding new ways to include the awesome Build A Droid figures into collectors’ hands (like this figure and the Defense Of Hoth TARGET exclusive), but we’re not sure if they should be replacing better versions of “already” made characters.
To be quite frank, all Hasbro needed to do to the 2006 TSC R5-D4 was paint the back panels properly and one or two details in the front and we would have had a definitive R5-D4 action figure (in The Vintage Collection packaging no less). The Build A Droid figures are great, but some of the aesthetics leave more to be desired. And an inferior sculpt (those glaring extra holes which are inherent to all astromechs in the Build A Droid series) coupled with a paint job that Hasbro has still neglected to update accurately to the droid’s appearance in the film (R5-D4 is still missing the red back panels), R5-D4 has a little ways to go before we can call it definitive. (To date, only the Remote Control R5-D4 figure has this back panel details correctly applied to it.) But to be fair, Hasbro has made advancements with the 2011 figure by correcting one error that The Saga Collection figure had. There is a thin blue panel directly underneath the head of this droid and Hasbro has managed to capture this detail in part on the paint operation for the Build A Droid release. This detail is important and helps make R5-D4 pop out more than he already does. As a Build A Droid figure, R5-D4 rocks. But as a premium The Vintage Collection figure? We cannot consider R5-D4 that at all. With so many R5 units in A New Hope, perhaps it would have been a decision to go with an astromech that hasn’t been done before in the basic figure line.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel ankles
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: removable third center leg
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 30240/97568
Retail: $7.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
The Vintage Collection Wave 5
-Click HERE to return to the home page-