But there’s a lot more behind this bin-shaped droid build than meets the eye so here are five things you need to know about 75308 R2-D2.
5 – A golden anniversary
Alongside the usual information plaque and comparative minifigure, this complex creation will also include a unique brick that celebrates 50 years of Lucasfilm, the studio behind the sci-fi franchise.
It’s not quite clear what exactly makes this piece so special, other than the exclusive print on the front, but it’s a thoughtful inclusion for an anniversary that many might not be aware of.
4 – Form follows function
Unlike the original 2012 model, this newer version of R2-D2 is packed with functions from head to tread, with the dome packing a total of three play features.
Not only can it spin to face the builder, but an adjustable periscope calls back to one of the droid’s more specific features. However, there is another purpose hidden within the domed top of the model.
3 – A little lightsaber
This third function involves ejecting the miniature model from the head of the astromech, in a reference to the battle above the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi.
2 – No new minifigure
Despite the hefty price tag for 75308 R2-D2 there is no exclusive minifigure in the set, with the same version of R2-D2 that many may already own included.
An update to the iconic robot companion’s minifigure could have been introduced in this model, adding to the collectable value. However, it could be that the LEGO designers simply believe that if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
1 – A familiar wobble
Thanks to the early reviews for 75308 R2-D2, there may be another unintentional call-back to one of the characters more adorable moments. Artoo’s popularity has come, at least in some part, from his witty and brave personality, but at times even he can’t hold back his programmed excitement.
In A New Hope, the droid gets let loose with an excited wobble. Well, it turns out the set can copy that movement thanks to the slight gaps between the body and legs. While this probably wasn’t purposefully added by the designers, it’s a familiar motion that many have come to love recreated in LEGO form.