Technically, this year’s May the Fourth release is actually already on back order in the UK, but that doesn’t preclude it from inclusion, because you can still place your order – it just won’t show up for a little while. And the current back order date at the time of writing is only May 13, so Artoo should take less than a week to roll up to your front door.
That’s presumably much faster than the diminutive droid managed to deliver the Death Star plans to the rebellion (having taken a detour via, erm, the Death Star), so score one for LEGO R2-D2. The 2,314-piece set hasn’t made our Top 20 solely because of the LEGO Group’s ability to get the set into your hands – although given the state of LEGO.com’s inventory over the past few months, that’s also a remarkable achievement in and of itself – but because it’s a brilliant model in its own right.
You can read our in-depth review for the proof, but to sum up: while it falters in function at times, 75308 R2-D2 offers an incredibly varied build between its Technic core, System panels and carefully-shaped dome, and materialises into a stunning display model (that also happens to sit very well next to 2017’s 75187 BB-8, which itself isn’t too pricey on the aftermarket).
It’s for those reasons that 75308 R2-D2 comes in at 13th place on our Top 20 LEGO Sets List, usurping the position previously held by another LEGO Star Wars buildable character, 75318 The Child. Baby Yoda had a good run, though, and is obviously still available at LEGO.com if you haven’t picked him up yet.
Otherwise, do yourself a favour and make a beeline for 75308 R2-D2 at the first opportunity – which is to say, as soon as it arrives back in stock in the US, where it’s currently temporarily unavailable. If you’d like to be among the first to know when it’s back, sign up for our personalised stock alerts and we’ll email you as soon as it returns.