Woohoo! Just a small review to celebrate the impending release of LEGO Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2 set, out this May! Check out Brothers Brick for the story and flickr for the pics. But now…on to the review of a slightly
smaller R2-D2. This particular R2-D2 is the 2008 redesign (and I accidentally put his head on backwards in photo!).
R2D2 has had five variations since 1999 and has appeared in 19+ sets. R2-D2 is available in loads of LEGO Star Wars sets; if you are just after the figures, Droid Escape (9490) is a nicely priced set.
Artoo is an ‘astromech’ droid that accompanies several characters throughout the films including Obi-Wan Kenobe, Leia, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker. He appears throughout all six Star Wars films.
This figure has a white base body and legs with light-bluish-grey head. This figure inherits the original parts first developed for the 1999 R2 minifigure. The main body design is printed in four colours including a small amount of reflective silver detailing. The head has blue, red and black printing on a grey base. The details on this version have been closely matched to that of the film model.
This is a very nice, non-standard minifigure. The level of detail the designers have managed to print on such a small body is very cool and matches the original trilogy version incredibly well.
The legs are a bit oversized for the figure but this is probably a structural necessity. No middle leg (must be tucked away!) which is a shame but overall this figure still manages to capture the feel and personality of the character.