Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2012
R2-D2 is one of the droids aboard Queen Amidala's Royal Starship. The plucky astromech droid saves the day when the Queen is forced to flee Naboo after the Trade Federation invades the peaceful homeworld. The Queen's ship is damaged during the escape, and R2-D2 successfully repairs the vessel so that it can complete its getaway.
There are many figures that Hasbro has made a small mint on but one in particular, 2005’s ROTS R2-D2 (III 48) figure, may rank somewhere within the top ten. It was one of the most popular of 2005 and was repackaged countless times in the Saga Legends line year after year. It’s a figure with a decent sculpt, fun electronics (lights and a plethora of sound effects) and was made with the kids in mind first. It’s a figure that lacks in articulation, but Hasbro did manage to squeeze in five points of articulation without compromising the electronics in any way. What’s more interesting perhaps is this figure’s history. This version of R2-D2 wasn’t all-new back in 2005. If you’re a longtime collector, you’re aware that Hasbro reworked the 1998 POTF2 Power F/X R2-D2 figure and made it specific to Episode III. With some new paint, new electronics and all-new sound effects, Hasbro cleverly made something old new again for the last movie of the Star Wars saga.
So now in 2012 Hasbro sees fit to release the electronic R2-D2 again in their brand new Movie Heroes line. While we’re not fond of Movie Heroes line at the moment, we have to give credit where credit is due. We can easily consider the R2-D2 (MH03) figure “new enough” for our collections again. Hasbro gave the figure an all-new paint job. We’re assuming the paint job was inspired from the scene where R2-D2’s name was revealed to Queen Amidala after he saved her Royal Starship from certain doom. (There was a great Power Of The Jedi R2-D2 figure that appear on product listings as R2-D2 “Name Reveal” and we feel that this particular figure serves that spot in the line now.) The figure may not have the power chords on the feet like the newer and more updated models do and the wrong eye port has the light-up electronics, but this is a fun action figure nonetheless.
Status: R2-D2 is a repaint of 2005's ROTS R2-D2 (III 48) figure. The electronics have been updated to include phrases from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as well as from the other films. There are over 30 unique electronic phrases included in this version of R2-D2 now.
Articulation Count: 6 points (6 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), hinge-jointed left foot (1), hinge-jointed right foot (1), hinge-jointed center foot (1), action feature button press (1)
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 37750/36563
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] Movie Heroes Wave 1
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