Who do you call when you need to get in the back door of a Death Star shield generator station? R2-D2 of course! R2 is probably the most well known droids in the Star Wars saga, and the LEGO model is no less great.
To start off, here are some key (or not so key) facts and figures:
Theme: Technic/Star Wars
Year Released: 2002
Now lets get on to some interesting stuff!
And a size comparison to my slightly modded 8284 Tractor:
He may be just under 7 inches tall, but he is still fully functional with a retractable third leg, an extendable datajack, and a moving head.
1. Before Building
R2 includes 242 parts, most of which are white. Some especially notable ones are the white 12 tooth bevel gears, and the white and light gray 8-stud axles. The gray axles only appear in 3 sets, and white in 4, so they are not that easy to come by.
Book is about 6" x 8", and 58 pages long
2. The Build
R2's cylindrical body is built first, with the legs and head to be added on later.
3. After Building
The few extra parts. Some of these confused me when I first built it; like why do they include a red boat stud? Also, why are there 2 extra rubber bands? Are they expecting them to break or what? The bush, half bush, and 3/4 pin all make sense because they are so easy to lose. And of course, as with any set that includes rubber bands, the pointless rubber band holder.
R2 is packed with functions, the most prominent of which is his third leg:
Retracted in the two legged position.
Tap the 1 x 4 thin liftarm and the leg snaps out.
My favorite part about this is that it is linked to his main legs and when the third one is deployed, his body tilts back a little, just like in the movies.
He also has a datajack that extends whenever he needs to hack into Imperial computer systems.
The perpendicular axle joiner on the back that extends the arm
I think that for $20.00 this is a great set. It both looks good and works well. There is something to watch out for though: the soft axles on his feet, if left on display for a long time, won't be so soft anymore. The two on mine are permanently bent into that shape. But as long as you take them off periodically and straighten them out it shouldn't get too bad. The only thing this set left me wanting was an alternate model. I know there aren't many things you can build with a bunch of white Technic parts, but I would have liked to see possibly a snowspeeder or something.
* Value for Price: 10/10 (lots of great parts for a pretty small price)
* Playability: 10/10 (plenty of movement, yet strong too)
* Parts 10/10 (unique colors and parts)
* Design 10/10(tons of function for a small/med set)
* Overall 10/10 (the only problems are very minor)
Edited by KimT, 25 November 2008 - 11:41 PM.