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    Sideshow Collectibles
    Deluxe R2-D2
    (Exclusive)






    A long time ago when Sideshow first got the 1/6 Star Wars license there was much rejoicing… but then the dark times came and it seemed we might never see a single droid or non-human. In the meantime Medicom released not one, but two versions of R2 and C-3PO. Sadly the Medicom sets were expensive, out of scale with other 1/6 figures and most painfully out of scale with one another. Tamashii has also released an excellent C-3PO, but with a $400 price tag and plans for R2 on hold he didn’t exactly set sales records.

    Then a couple years ago everything changed, Sideshow broke out of just using standard body figures and we’ve seen a proliferation of great figures like Hammerhead, Gammorean Guards and droids like IG-88; but still no robot Odd Couple. That has finally changed and today I have a Sideshow R2-D2 in my hand. Now the big question is... was he worth the wait?

    *All scores are out of a possible five stars


    Packaging: ☆☆☆☆
    Sideshow has used the same style of packaging throughout the Star Wars series; the box for R2 is shorter than most, but a bit wider to accommodate all of the accessories. Everything has a place and seems well protected for transport. The box has an opening flap with magnetic closures making it easy to view the figure and accessories.

    The only negatives are the lack of information about the character (usually found on the inside of the flap) and it’s just not as nice looking as the work Sideshow did with Vader or Grievous.


    Sculpting: ☆☆☆☆1/2

    It’s clearly R2-D2 and he seems just about spot-on in terms of scale and proportions. I am not an expert on all things R2, but nothing seems out of place, oddly done or wrong on him. I think he’s a smidge too small… maybe a ¼” or so, but easily the best looking 1/6 R2 we’ve seen to date. I believe the Taito R2s are probably the best in terms of scale, but the sculpting and details are not as crisp.

    There has been a lot of concern raised about the seam on the dome… and while it’s there and in photos catches the light, I can say it is a non-issue in hand. Not to mention, I noticed the same seam on both the Hasbro and Taito version; I’m guessing that’s just how 1/6 domes are made







    Paint: ☆☆☆☆☆
    Sideshow has generally done solid on their droids and R2 seems to be the nicest one yet. In pictures I thought the weathering looked too uniform, but in hand it looks much better and is honestly about as good as one can expect for a factory made figure. All of the painted sections have good cut lines and he gives you the impression of a well-used, carbon-scored droid.

    The accessories are likewise well painted and when applicable have cleanly applied decals.





    Articulation: ☆☆☆☆
    R2 does all the things you’d expect him to. The head turns, the legs move back and forth, the feet pivot and he features the retractable 3rd leg. Everything worked smoothly on mine and he was able to remain in any of the poses I chose for him. The feet did feel a bit loose, but again, once in a pose he stayed put.

    The hatches and compartments also opened easily, but possibly a bit too easily as some would open on their own if he was tipped forward. This isn’t a major issue as they will stay closed on display, but can be a bit annoying and leads him to feel a bit fragile. Once the compartments are open you can install the tools. All of the tools are single piece items, but they can rotate when installed and the arms in the two side compartments move up and down and can tilt. And finally the sensorscope and life sign scanner can both spin once extended out of the dome; I have a few issues with how well these work, but that will be discussed in the features section.

    All 3 projectors on his dome rotate and one final bit of articulation is the serving arm… it swivels when in place and has multiple points of articulation to get just the right pose for serving Jabba’s cronies a drink.



    Accessories: ☆☆☆☆☆
    Sideshow seems to help balance out the smaller sized figures (like Yoda) with a lot of extra goodies, and R2 is no exception. The little rust-bucket comes with just about everything you need for an Original Trilogy R2-D2. He comes with 3 different tools (5 if you got the exclusive like me) that attach inside the body compartments. In order to make accessing the opening features of R2 easier, Sideshow has also included Luke’s lightsaber hilt from ROTJ (more on that in the features section). In addition you get the drink tray from Jabba’s palace which fits easily over his “shoulders” as well as 7 glasses and the serving arm. Also included is the very cool table and light-up Leia hologram from Obi Wan’s home. The final accessory is a restraining bolt, it’s also magnetic and can go on his body in a number of places.

    The only nit on the accessories is that the table has a fairly obvious mold line, while not a major problem it would have been nice for that to have been sanded down before it was painted.









    Light-up/Action Feature: ☆☆☆1/2
    R2-D2 is one of the few figures that really needs a light-up feature. And Sideshow did their homework on this one and not only gave us a great looking light-up feature, but made it fun to use. Rather than a switch that would turn the lights on and off, this figure has three settings (on, on w/projector and off) that are controlled by touching the dome. To get this to work you do have to remove the dome and turn on an internal switch but once that’s on you can turn the lights on and off by touching one of the panels on the dome. And not only does he light up, but there is also a cool blinking pattern to the lights. In addition to the lights on R2, the table with the Leia hologram also lights up, which can make for a great display item.

    I am very happy with the light up feature on R2, but if I had my way he’d also have come with a sound feature. But for what we were promised on R2, Sideshow delivered and it alone would get full marks.

    What isn’t quite as successful and brings the overall score down a bit are the action features of the compartments. On the plus-side all of the compartments feature magnets which when used with the included lightsaber open up easily. Sideshow got pretty creative and not only does the lightsaber fit inside of R2 (ala the sail barge scene in ROTJ) but it can be used to open all of the other compartments with the magnet placed in the pommel. The negatives are how a few of the compartments don’t sit completely flush when closed, in particular the “visual imaging scope” (or sensorscope if you’re Kenner kid like me) has a bit of a lip I can’t seem to get rid of when closed and the life scanner doesn’t stay extended.

    I think Sideshow really went all out on trying to make this the ultimate R2 in the galaxy, but I think a little more care in how the opening features worked would have helped here.











    Price: ☆☆☆☆
    $150 is a lot of scratch for a figure… or at least it was at one time. With the base price of figures now being over $160, R2 is actually a lot of figure and accessories for the money. While he doesn’t have any soft goods; he is a unique body, comes with a ton of accessories and a well-designed light-up feature. And if you consider that Medicom’s first R2 (2010) was $189 and the second version (2012) was $219, it helps put into perspective how good of a deal R2 is at $150 in 2015


    Overall: ☆☆☆☆1/2
    If you collect 1/6 Star Wars figures this is a must-have. No question in my mind this is by far the best 1/6 version of R2 we’ve gotten. While another company may find a way to improve on it (slightly larger, add sound, better weathering or die-cast) I can’t see it being a significant difference nor anywhere near the price of this one.

    And even if there is a better one, no harm having two R2’s in the collection… this guy can look pretty fly serving drinks next to Jabba’s Throne if need be. No to mention, C-3PO is already up for pre-order and if he turns out as nice as R2 I’ll be thanking the maker

    So in short, buy him and buy him now… don’t worry about the motivator on this one, he’s the droid you’ve been looking for.






    Customizing/General Suggestions:
    **As is R2 is very solid and nothing seemed like a glaring issue or an opportunity for improvement. However, if you have any suggestions please post them and I’ll add it to the review

    1) Swap in the Obi Wan Kenobi exclusive Leia Hologram for a different look... idea and photo credit to qbomb71

    This article was originally published in forum thread: GalactiReviews: Sideshow Collectibles Deluxe R2-D2 (exclusive) started by galactiboy View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. cdm79's Avatar
      cdm79 -
      Great review! Really helpful, especially the info about the touch panel for the lights, I had no idea! One question, you said in the main thread that you had a nitpick about a small chip on one of the doors, but don't mention it in the review. I'm interested because mine has a small chip on the long left hand hatch as you look at R2 in the bottom right hand corner. It's not that bad, but now I've seen it, I can't 'unsee' it so it were :-( Wonder if it's worth contacting Sideshow to see if they can send me a replacement door?
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    1. barryo's Avatar
      barryo -
      Great review J.........

      Smart, direct, well thought out, and not too wordy (king should enjoy)
      And great pics too.
      got mine today, will open later.
    1. galactiboy's Avatar
      galactiboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by cdm79 View Post
      Great review! Really helpful, especially the info about the touch panel for the lights, I had no idea! One question, you said in the main thread that you had a nitpick about a small chip on one of the doors, but don't mention it in the review. I'm interested because mine has a small chip on the long left hand hatch as you look at R2 in the bottom right hand corner. It's not that bad, but now I've seen it, I can't 'unsee' it so it were :-( Wonder if it's worth contacting Sideshow to see if they can send me a replacement door?

      Glad I could be of help... the instructions aren't the clearest on how the lights actually work And, I meant to add a picture and forgot. My chip looks a lot like that but it's on the smaller panel right next to yours. The chip is in the upper, right corner.

      This is actually where the chip is... it's not too visible when open, but when closed you see that bit of shadow behind it. I don't know if you'd get a replacement... and whose to say a new one would be better, but they might also offer a small refund.



      Quote Originally Posted by barryo View Post
      Great review J.........

      Smart, direct, well thought out, and not too wordy (king should enjoy)
      And great pics too.
      got mine today, will open later.
      Thanks, I figure at the very least King might like the pictures
    1. cdm79's Avatar
      cdm79 -
      Thanks for the info, much appreciated
    1. ApeManRyan's Avatar
      ApeManRyan -
      Awesome review man! R2 looks kick ass!
    1. galactiboy's Avatar
      galactiboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ApeManRyan View Post
      Awesome review man! R2 looks kick ass!
      Thanks man... he's really a great little droid. And my liking of him is only increasing as I see him on display.
    1. Lee in MI's Avatar
      Lee in MI -
      Great review but you forgot to mention that the sides of his legs come off so you can have them in either direction. Apparently, there were times in the film where R2s legs were on backwards but the feet were right. So SSCs made it possible to detach the sides of the legs and swap them to the other leg.

      Try it out!

      ...SDCC hands on review!
    1. kevb0977's Avatar
      kevb0977 -
      Good review..., getting mine on Monday.
    1. galactiboy's Avatar
      galactiboy -
      Thanks kevb, hope you enjoy him as much as I do

      Quote Originally Posted by Lee in MI View Post
      Great review but you forgot to mention that the sides of his legs come off so you can have them in either direction. Apparently, there were times in the film where R2s legs were on backwards but the feet were right. So SSCs made it possible to detach the sides of the legs and swap them to the other leg.

      Try it out!

      ...SDCC hands on review!
      Right, I knew about that and forgot to put it in the review. I've added it to the sculpting section, thanks for the reminder

      Also, I've added in Lopie's great customizing tip on removing the layer of weathering using rubbing alcohol. I haven't done it myself yet, but it seems the weathering wipes off quite easily. I'm thinking I'll remove it on mine and then go back with a weathering kit and see if I can get a better overall look.
    1. generalgrevious's Avatar
      generalgrevious -
      so how`s that weathering kit work where`s the link to the kit and which one would be for the r2 unit
    1. galactiboy's Avatar
      galactiboy -
      It's pretty easy to use, it's similar to a powder make-up, and comes with a two sided brush. So you just apply it by brushing it onto the piece in areas you want to look weathered. I think the Tamiya A kit is the most useful for 1/6, and maybe the D for R2 since it has an oil stain effect.
    1. generalgrevious's Avatar
      generalgrevious -
      you have that link to where to buy it
    1. galactiboy's Avatar
      galactiboy -
      If you have a Hobby Lobby you can buy it in the model section, and get it cheapest using the 40% of coupon. If not just do an Amazon search for Tamiya weathering kit. It will bring up the options. A is good as the 3 types included are sand, dirt and mud.
    1. ProgMatinee's Avatar
      ProgMatinee -
      Good review, but lacks boobage.
    1. barryo's Avatar
      barryo -
      There.......r2 boobs
    1. patrickpotter's Avatar
      patrickpotter -
      I got mine in and I'm curious why no one mentions the cheapness of the materials- he feels like he's made out of the lightest plastic possible, and the doors do not close flushly. He does not in any way look like metal either as some of these photos appear. He looks perfect but will clearly stick out once the hot toys star wars start coming in. I will sell this as soon as hot toys makes one. I'd say he's worth $100, he's only 160 because of the lighting I'm sure. Not trying to talk smack but let's be honest, this is not worth the price I paid.
    1. galactiboy's Avatar
      galactiboy -
      Thanks for the boobage assist Barryo

      Quote Originally Posted by patrickpotter View Post
      I got mine in and I'm curious why no one mentions the cheapness of the materials- he feels like he's made out of the lightest plastic possible, and the doors do not close flushly. He does not in any way look like metal either as some of these photos appear. He looks perfect but will clearly stick out once the hot toys star wars start coming in. I will sell this as soon as hot toys makes one. I'd say he's worth $100, he's only 160 because of the lighting I'm sure. Not trying to talk smack but let's be honest, this is not worth the price I paid.
      I don't think it's that the plastic is light, but that it's very thin. If they were any thicker it would look out of scale. Personally, barring a die cast figure I don't think you could have the materials be any better.

      But the floppy doors is a problem, seems some have no issue where as others most if not all of then can open on their own or don't sit flush. Mine is on the lowere end of the problem, so acceptable especially when I just have him chillin' on the shelp (99.9% of the time ).
    1. a93trojan's Avatar
      a93trojan -
      I was wondering if anyone has been able to get the lightsaber to fit inside the compartment in his head, and if so what was the trick? I can't keep the panel open and push the lightsaber down far enough before the panel springs closed on it.
    1. Raiders March's Avatar
      Raiders March -
      Quote Originally Posted by barryo View Post
      There.......r2 boobs
      Not bad.... But thats no Angie
      I miss her, and her........
    1. Raiders March's Avatar
      Raiders March -
      Quote Originally Posted by a93trojan View Post
      I was wondering if anyone has been able to get the lightsaber to fit inside the compartment in his head, and if so what was the trick? I can't keep the panel open and push the lightsaber down far enough before the panel springs closed on it.
      Your best bet is to not even try it. It's not worth breaking R2 trying to make a poorly executed action feature work !!
      It was a great concept though, but sideshow did'nt ensure it crossed over on the production figs. Shame really
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