Promobricks reports that the rumoured – and potentially already teased – Ultimate Collector Series set will incorporate two functions, both of which expand upon those included in 2012’s 10225 R2-D2. While the new version is thought to pack in similar accessories behind its front panel (such as Artoo’s circular saw), it will also go above and beyond those simple features in the LEGO Group’s everlasting pursuit of greater accuracy.
First up, the LEGO Star Wars design team has reportedly built in an extendable periscope under the droid’s dome, mirroring Artoo’s on-screen counterpart. That’s a very welcome addition, but it’s not the one we’re most excited about. That honour instead belongs to Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, which you’ll apparently be able to eject from R2-D2’s dome – just as the character did over the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi.
Cramming both those functions into the tiny space offered by the dome would be incredibly impressive, so take this rumour with a pinch of salt for now. But given some of the designs the LEGO Group has been putting out over the past few years, we also wouldn’t be surprised if Billund’s brightest really have figured out a way to incorporate them into a droid roughly the same size as 10225 R2-D2.
Finally, Promobricks reports that the accompanying UCS plaque will include a ’50 Years of Lucasfilm’ tile, though it’s not clear whether it will be printed or a sticker at the moment. We’ll find out for sure when the LEGO Group finally officially announces 75308 R2-D2, which is rumoured to retail for $199.99 and contain 2,314 pieces. If it launches on May 4 as expected, we should hear something very soon.