R2-D2 #09

Rated 3.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


This brave, loyal droid accompanies Anakin Skywalker on missions that take them from Naboo to Geonosis.

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Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, Revenge of the Sith

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1 review for R2-D2 #09

  1. Rated 3 out of 5


    Flying straight outta Naboo, it’s R2-D2! First revealed as a Legacy Collection revival figure and a tie-in to Attack of the Clones 3D, Artoo rolls right along into The Black Series. The original Attack of the Clones booster rocket R2-D2 (“Saga,” 2003) was an incredibly cheap-looking figure even for its time, and R2-D2 (30th Anniversary Collection, 2007) was a significant upgrade using the R4-G9 (Sneak Preview – Revenge of the Sith, 2005) body with modified legs and a lot of extra paint. There was also a figure based on a deleted scene from The Phantom Menace: R2-D2 (Episode I, 1999), though his rockets were redesigned for the next film. This release is a clean repaint of the 2007 figure with the same removable rocket accessories, so he can still interact with R4-G9’s Utapau hologram or the 2007 figure’s flame jet effect. The only other version of R2-D2 based on R4-G9 had sandy weathering on his feet and was first released in the Resurgence of the Jedi battle pack (Legacy Collection, 2009) and later in the Target exclusive Android Set special action figure set (The Vintage Collection, 2011).

    Since Hasbro has released so many astromechs in this sculpt, you should pretty much know what to expect by now. Turn the head and the leg pops down, and as per usual the middle foot is assembled backwards (seriously, go compare it to the original R4-G9). Artoo’s bright blue accents pop nicely and his silver and white are nice and clean. Hasbro missed some paint details here, such as the light on the back of his head and the little vents on his front, presumably to keep down costs. These omissions aren’t too glaringly obvious, but the figure is already so simple that mistakes like these are frustrating.

    It’s nice to finally have a solid version of the droid with his jets, but as with a lot of early Black Series releases this figure fits into the “perfectly fine but not very exciting” category. Hasbro could have easily repacked a droid factory conveyor belt piece or a buzz droid to make the package a little more enticing, but we seem to be made to suffer. (It’s our lot in life.) So far, this figure has only been shipped with wave 2 and doesn’t look like it will be carried forward. So if you missed it, take solace in the fact that you didn’t miss much.

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