“ Manufacturer: Hasbro / Age: 4 Years+ „
Hours of fun to be had with this little droid and his...net. Why did they give him a net. I am still trying to figure this one out, unless it has something to do with him being trapped in it on Endor? R2D2 is a cute droid from the Star wars films. He was played by actor Kenny Baker. Although he did not talk as such, his communication was through a series of bleeps and chirps, which the humans seemed to understand. He had a love/hate relationship with the camp golden protocol droid C3PO and played an integral role in the defeat of the evil Empire.
R2D2 was first turned into a toy by Kenner in the late seventies. A basic model with a sticker for his dials and knobs and a blue antenna which you could pull out. The stickers used to fade though and the droid was prone to going wobbly.
Years on, Hasbro have refined the toy. A stockier looking design, with a proper set of dials and three legs this time round is much better. There is good attention to detail on his front panel and his head swivels round nicely. You can adjust the legs and have him move along too.
The colours are good, with lovely royal blues working well against the stark white paintwork and his silver head has been designed well too. He stands at about an inch or so in height, making him one of the smaller figures in the range. Value has been added by included the net, which can house the droid and can be tied up and assembled easily. A coin also comes with the figure which will excite collectors.
Is he worth getting? Not sure, as there are already a few R2D2s out there and this seems like an excuse to sell yet another, but with a net. Only for die hard collectors I feel. Expect to pay about five to six pounds for a boxed version.