Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Discover The Force)
Number: 4 of 12
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: February 2012
G8-R3 is an astromech droid on Queen Amidala's starship. The little droid bravely heads into danger to repair the starship's shield generator, which has been badly damaged in an attack by Trade Federation forces.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Because Valentines Day is a day of love, we’re going to show our love big time for G8-R3 because of our strong affinity for astromech droids! Collectors in general love astromech droids and it seems that Hasbro can barely keep up with releasing them on a consistent basis throughout the years. It’s typically feast or famine when they do arrive in the toy line. It took over a decade to get this prominent R5 unit in the basic figure line, but it’s finally here and it matches the rest of the other recently released astromech droids that served on Queen Amidala’s Royal Starship. G8-R3’s future as an action figure was uncertain for many years. It’s really unknown why Hasbro blew this character off for so many years. And collectors desperate to add this droid into their collection incorrectly used R5-F7 from 2007’s TAC Y-wing Fighter Toys R Us exclusive. What interesting is that Hasbro revisited the other Royal Starship astromech droids multiple times before even considering making G8-R3. Both R2-B1 and R2-R9 were attempted twice before joining their fellow droids in the totally awesome Royal Starship Droids Battle Packs set (part of Walmart’s cool Discover The Force promotion) and we find that particularly odd. Still, incredible Royal Starship Droids Battle Packs set and now G8-R3 brings this group together in uniformity.
If you don’t like the Build A Droid sculpts, well, these aren’t going to be the droids you’re looking for, but we are personally ecstatic over their release because the sculpts are authentic to the films (aside from the obvious “play feature” added to them) and all of the droids from the scene in Episode I are now identical to each other except for their colors (as they should be). One thing that has been very unfortunate since 1999 is that getting multiple droids from this scene in Episode I over the period of many years is that they’re all different shapes and sizes and have different features. Because they often come from different sculpts, their details and scale varies. This doesn’t make collectors happy and it affects how well the droids complement each other. Now we have all five Naboo Royal Starship droids in exacting scale. And what’s more, all of the droid’s eye ports are black and this is something that Hasbro didn’t get right on the previous versions. You should be thrilled about this detail! They look fabulous together and even if the Build A Droid sculpt isn’t the most ideal because of the paint lower holes in the body, we’d be surprised if you couldn’t admit how great they look as a group. We are sensitive to the fact that the additional (and inaccurate) extra holes for leg attachments aren’t ideal, but it’s not like they stick out like a sore thumb. They are indeed visible, but your eyes should be distracted by how impressively Hasbro made these droids look using this sculpt.
Status: G8-R3 utilizes the R5-series astromech Build A Droid sculpt. It is built from 5 individual parts.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel feet, 3 rolling wheels
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 38598/38601
Retail: $8.99 USD
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Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Discover The Force)
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