R2-D2 — DAGOBAH
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
Can you believe that in the 133 Black Series reviews I’ve written, I haven’t yet looked at R2-D2? That’s crazy, right? Well, okay, not really, since I got my Series 1 figure a couple of months before starting the site, and obviously didn’t pick up the subsequent re-release for the 40th line. They finally opted to actually do a slight variant to the character, so I can totally justify buying another figure, and I have the drive to actually review the mold. Yay!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
R2-D2 (Dagobah) is another figure from Series 2 of the Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary sub-line of The Black Series line. He’s the last “new” figure in the assortment, but as I touched on above, new is sort of relative here, since he’s just a repaint of the first R2. He’s 4 inches tall and has 10 points of articulation. The movement is a little different on this figure. He’s got fairly typical joints at the top of the legs and at the “ankles”, as well as an opening door on each side of his front, each with an articulated arm inside. The head turns as well, but it’s connected to an action feature that drops his third leg down. It’s surprisingly gimmicky for this line, and makes posing the head a little tricky, since getting it set just right can be a little counter intuitive. I think leaving the feature out may have ultimately been better, but I suppose it’s not the worst concept. Otherwise, the sculpt is a pretty impressive representation of R2. It’s a solid rendition, and pretty sharply detailed. The main selling point on this release, of course, is the paint, which this time around replicates R2 after he falls into the swamp after landing on Dagobah. He’s pretty sufficiently grimy and gross. My only gripe with it is that the third leg doesn’t get fully painted, so it’s slightly jarring when extended. That said, I don’t believe R2 has the third leg out while on Dagobah, so I guess it’s technically accurate this way. I think the grime helps to showcase the strengths of the sculpt a little better than the original release’s paint, so I definitely dig it. The original R2 had quite an accessory assortment, covering attachments from six movies. This one’s not quite as impressive, getting only the periscope attachment from the first release. It’s not a huge surprise, given it’s the one we see him use in the movie, and this is supposed to be a specifically Empire-based and all. You can still remove all of the panels and swap them with the accessories from the prior release as well, but he does end up feeling a touch light given that he still holds the same price tag as the original release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I’ve picked up more versions of the core OT cast in The Black Series, I’ve arrived at the point of having multiple displays with them from each film. However, I still only had the one R2, and at the going rate for the standard, I certainly wasn’t picking up a second. Fortunately, this guy came along and solved that problem for me. He’s a little light on the accessories front, but I like the new paint job for sure.
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