R2-D2 Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

After Boba Fett (who I haven’t reviewed yet – he’ll be the next Sideshow figure I’ll be reviewing/putting a video up of), R2-D2 was the next figure I purchased from Sideshow Collectibles. For those who don’t want to read, there’s a video at the end of the article.

I was so blown away by Fett, that I started collecting these. With R2-D2’s price point, and the amount of extras he came with, I say he was a fair purchase to see if I was gonna stick with Sixth Scale collecting. As you can see with my other reviews of Luke, Obi-Wan, Princess Leia, and C-3P0, R2-D2 helped convince me to stick with it. Mind you, I thought I’d only get the original trilogy main figures and stop there. That didn’t happen.

R2-D2 comes in a very sturdy box that basically shares the same design as the other figures Sideshow has released. That makes MIB collectors really happy! Yes, I know that I’m a Mint in Box/Card collector (as you’ve seen with some of my features), but with the Sideshow & Hot Toys Star Wars figures, I’m not buying these to horde in a box in my basement. I’m buying them to show off!

The box flap is held tightly by a magnet to keep the window display inside secure. All sides of the packaging showcase some excellent shots of R2 and give you a great idea of what’s inside.

Inside, you can see the trays where the figure was held. Seeing how I got this guy in December or early January, before I even started this site, I don’t have any pictures of all the accessories being snug inside, but I think you can kinda see where things went.

I’ll add that all the accessories R2 comes with (and there are many), arrived with no damage.

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How can you not love R2-D2? As soon as I took him out of the box, and before I turned on the lighting or took out all the pieces, I was blown away with the detail and the quality of the sculpt. I was very surprised at how light this figure was as well.

As you can see from the pictures below, his dome does light up, but I’ll show you where the batteries go later on.

At first glance, and without having a movie photo beside me, I thought that Sideshow covered basically every detail you could with R2! From the look of all the vents/grates, the nooks in his outer shell, to the wires, and the dirty paint job at the bottom, I think he is the best representation of an R2 figure I’ve ever seen.

The pictures below show some closer detail of certain areas of the figure. The pictures showcase that dirty look at the bottom of the figure. I’m all for that as R2 needs to look likes he’s been on an adventure. Would I eventually like a shined up version of him and R2, like at the end of Episode IV? Maybe, but for now, I’m glad they chose to put this paint app on this figure. I’d LOVE to know how they give figures this dirty look.

The back of the dome features the same details you’d expect from the real R2 model and the same can be said with his “legs.”

Close up on the “feet” of his “legs” (I’m not sure if they have a specific name), you can see the wires that are connected. They are a harder plastic and I don’t foresee an issue with them getting broken or loose.

The middle leg is spring loaded and can be placed back inside the figure. I’m sure that’s why the figure is also light – they needed that space inside and the mechanism to make having a retractable leg work. It’s very well done and I prefer this to having, let’s say, a snap on leg.

R2-D2’s dome can be easily removed (and secured). You’ll need a screwdriver to get to the battery compartment. It takes 3 of those little disc shaped batteries to work. My R2 is on his third set of batteries. I’m not sure if the first set just were poor quality, but seeing how my second set were drained quickly, I’m sure it’s because I forgot to hit the on and off switch that’s also located near the battery compartment.

The lights have two settings and they are activated just by tapping the left side of R2’s dome near the two lit up squares in the picture to the right.  You can see the video on how that works and the difference between the settings.

R2’s dome also have a few other surprises besides being able to light up.  First, you can see he has his periscope that can appear. I wasn’t sure at first if it should actually be higher, but after taking a few pictures, it does seem in scale. As well, I think if they made it taller, it would maybe be more prone to snapping. Even the detailing on something as small as this is well done and features some fine painting.

R2 has another compartment for the lightsaber hilt he comes with. The hilt has two purposes with the figure. The first one is it’s magnetic feature on one side.  All the panels that can be opened at the front of R2 can attach gently to the hilt to grab the pieces carefully.

The second purpose is to also recreate the scene from Return of the Jedi where R2 launches the lightsaber from his dome to Luke who is on of one of Jabba’s skiffs.  I found trying to pry this open to put the hilt in (there’s a spring in there), very difficult. The panel you have to open on the top is spring loaded, too, so trying to keep that open while pressing down on another spring with large fingers is a tad frustrating.

In addition to the lightsaber hilt, R2 comes with a Computer Terminal Arm, Grasping Arm, Power Charge Arm, a restraining bolt, and whatever that other plug thing is. I can’t remember where it goes or where it came from. These accessories come with all the R2s you can buy now. There was a Sideshow exclusive that came with two other attachments, but when I decided to buy this, after I scored Boba Fett, I was late to the party.

He also comes with seven glasses, drink dispensing arm, and serving tray. That way, if you want to display R2 as the version from Return of the Jedi while he was a serving droid on Jabba’s sail barge, you can do that!

All the accessories fit into the little slots inside the panels.  They fit snugly and are easy to get in and out. You can put these were you want, and I’m sure I didn’t put them exactly where they SHOULD go as I didn’t reference any movie still before taking pictures. These attachments allow you to display R2-D2 to mimic scenes from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Below are some pictures of R2-D2 with the drink dispenser and drink tray on his head. The dispenser snaps in easily to the top but is a tad fragile (as you’ll see in the video). The drink tray comes in the three pieces and is also very fragile. I’ve already had to crazy glue them together due to minor handling – I’m not rough with these pieces at all.

The drink tray fits on R2’s “legs” well, but I found that he was hard to balance while the tray is on his head. I find R2 balance a lot better when the third “leg” is out and his on an angle.

I think Sideshow Collectibles hit it out of the park with their R2-D2 figure. I love the lighting and all the accessories he came with. Collectors can easily display R2 from the movie that they love the most.  I see that Hot Toys showed off their R2 (and C-3P0) at SDCC, but I have no idea what the differences are. For the price point, even with the currency difference, he’s so worth it. I just wish the legs weren’t as loose and that the drink tray was more sturdy, but I’ll have him in a static pose anyway with the Leia hologram beside C3-P0 in my shelf anyway.

Still to come are my reviews of figures I have in my collection: Sideshow’s Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Tie Fighter Pilot, General Grievous, and Hot Toys’ Stormtrooper and Kylo Ren.

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