LEGO has officially unveiled its new take on Star Wars’ most iconic astromech droid, R2-D2. I say newer because some will remember The original version of the LEGO model in 2012, to 2,127 pieces with a fairly precise appearance.
However, as they often do, LEGO wanted to raise the bar with this year’s model. And to celebrate Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary, that’s exactly what they’ve done. Standing 12.5 inches high, 7.5 inches wide and 6 deep, the R2 model of this collector includes 2314 parts and some nifty features that make it more than just a display model. And hey, it looks pretty amazing like that too.
Speaking of appearance first, the immediate distinguishing factor of this model is the dramatic improvement in head and body curvature. R2’s shape looks perfect now, and LEGO has taken it to the next level in features.
R2 is decked out in gadgets, as the majority of compartments can be opened to reveal a variety of weapons and other tools. The retractable third leg and the rotating head were brought back from the previous model, but the other key comes in the periscope which can come out of its head as if it were in the swamps of Dagobah.
Along with that, another nifty inclusion comes in Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, which many will recall was launched from R2 on Jabba’s sailing barge in Return of the Jedi. Some of that magic can be recreated with this template and its dedicated slot.
Completing the details is a R2-D2 figurine and display stand adorned with the special 50th anniversary nickname.
LEGO shared a little more about the model with StarWars.com, especially on the challenge of creating a visually accurate model – their main focus – while still providing enough room for the features it contains.
Lucasfilm Product Design Director Chris Gollaher concluded by explaining why R2-D2 was the perfect choice for this era, despite the other droids that LEGO has yet to make:
We were looking for a character who not only had a great building experience, but who could best represent all aspects of Lucasfilm’s incredible storytelling story – and really, R2-D2 was the obvious choice.
I can’t argue with him there, and LEGO certainly did the model justice. Fans looking to pick this setup can do so on May 1, although pre-orders are now available for a retail price of $ 200.
As LEGO seeks to stay in the collector’s path, which astromech droid would you like to see it recreated next? Let us know in the comments!