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R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) - 1:6 Scale Figures

Name: R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype)
Collection: Heroes Of The Rebellion
Number: Item #21723
Edition Size: Limited Edition (2016 Convention Exclusive)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Expanded Universe (Sideshow Collectibles Concept)
Availability: July 2016
License: Sideshow Collectibles

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There are a lot of R2 units across the galaxy, but there is only one R2-D2. Fresh off the factory line and available only as a special convention exclusive, the R2-D2 "Unpainted Prototype" Sixth Scale Figure is our favorite plucky little droid ready for a new round of adventures.

Based on the R2-D2 Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure, everyones favorite astromech has been re-imagined as an unpainted prototype droid with a distinctive monochromatic silver finish. Equipped with hinged panels and articulated light-up dome, this unique limited edition exclusive will be an excellent addition to any Star Wars collection!

Sideshow has been making some great choices for their 1:6 Scale Figures line. But can we pause for a moment and question what they were thinking with the R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) 2016 Convention Exclusive? It’s really not that bad of a figure, but with all of the astromech droid options out there how in the world didn’t they pick one of them instead? Likely a Sideshow Collectibles concept (we can’t find reference materials anywhere for this version of R2-D2), the R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) is basically R2-D2 without any white or blue paint. Instead, we have R2-D2 in silver and black. R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) is very vintage inspired, but we don’t think he has the charm to win over discriminating collectors. Utilizing the popular 2015 R2-D2 (Deluxe) sculpt, Sideshow Collectibles dumbed the sculpt down quite a bit to make a very basic astromech droid sculpt as possible, which in all honesty works well for an exclusive like this.

R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) is a highly detailed sculpt regardless. He comes with a rotating dome, articulated terrain tread legs and an articulated and retractable third tread leg. Instead of a billion different compartment and arm attachments, this time we only get four access compartments with hinged panels and no arm attachments. Additionally, R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) comes with a light-up logic function display, processor state indicator and a holographic projector. These glowing features light up beautifully and reflect the true personality of this favorite astromech droid. Because this is more of a novelty 1:6 Scale Figure than anything else, we’re actually quite thankful that Sideshow Collectibles didn’t include a ton of extra attachments. This is a great display piece, but that’s it. You’re not going to want to include this figure in a display or diorama, unless you’re utilizing it for another generic background droid (which in all honesty might actually work).

Reserved for a 2016 convention exclusive, R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) is designated as a Limited Edition run figure. This also means collectors will never know how many units of this figure were produced. The figure also had a set MSRP of $149.99, but Sideshow Collectibles graciously placed the figure on sale for 19% off and collectors could secure it for $120.00 flat. This of course is a significant help in a time where collectibles’ prices are skyrocketing and incomes aren’t going anywhere. R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) may not appeal to all 1:6 Scale Figure collectors. We have to say that we’re not too impressed by it either. With the R2-D2 (Deluxe) figure we were quite smitten (aside from the manufacturing issues) with it. This one doesn’t do all that much for us. But as a niche exclusive we’re sure there will be a market for it. Obviously this figure can only be obtained at Sideshow Collectibles. It will be interesting to see how well it performs after the 2016 year passes us.

Collector Notes

R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype)

Announcement Date: December 12, 2015

Pre-order Date: June 16, 2016

Status: R2-D2 (Unpainted Prototype) is a retool and repaint of 2015's R2-D2 (Deluxe) 1:6 Scale Figure.

Articulation Count: 18 points

Articulation Details: swivel dome, swivel left leg, swivel right leg, hinge-jointed left foot, hinge-jointed right foot, spring-loaded third leg, hinge-jointed third foot, ball-socket projector A, ball-socket projector B, ball-socket projector C, hinge-jointed left side panel, hinge-jointed right side panel, 6 rolling wheels

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Sideshow Exclusive: Exclusively available through Sideshow. Limited availability in select international territories.

Retail: $149.99 USD – sold for special price of $120.00 (19% off)

UPC: 747720234284

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

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Added: July 22, 2016
Category: 1:6 Scale Figures
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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