Star Wars R5-D4 1/6th Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles Review

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Over a year after being released in January, 2016, one of the other famous (for all the wrong reasons) Star Wars droids arrived in my collection: the R5-D4 sixth scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles!

This little guy was seen in Star Wars – Episode 4: A New Hope. This guy, along with C-3P0, R2-D2, and others, were being sold by the Jawas. Luke picked R5-D4 over R2-D2 at first but as R5 began to follow Luke, he broke down because of a bad motivator. With that, history was made!

I don’t know what it is about R5-D4…many collectors like him and purchase his figure. Hell, look at the 40th anniversary Black Series figures. This droid actually got included in the line! He’s an exclusive, mind you, but he still got included.

With Sideshow creating R2-D2, it wasn’t hard to see that they could reuse the majority of the figure to make other droids, namely R5-D4…and they did!

Before I get to the actual figure, you can see the packaging is, once again, in the same style as other Sideshow Collectibles. That’s great for mint-in-box people, or people that have some place to actually display these boxes (I don’t but I keep them).

Looking at the figure outside of the box, you can clearly see that the majority of the figure IS the Sideshow Collectibles R2-D2 figure just repainted. For more comparisons, you can check out the review I did of R2 a long time ago (when I was learning the craft of photography) HERE.

All the parts of the figure that move (the flaps on the front, the side legs, and the retractable leg in the middle) function well. Nothing is loose and everything works well. I also find the paint is done well for the most part and the overall grimy and dirty look works very well.

Four of the front panels open, just like R2-D2’s except for the upper two flaps.  When you open the panels up, they feature a paint app that really makes it look like poor R5-D4 just wasn’t maintained well.

The head sculpt for the figure is where it’s at for me and needs to be spot on to give R5-D4 his due in the sixth scale. The plastic area that is around the “neck” area is done very, very well and it was one of the things that impressed me the most in the promo pictures. They translated well to the final product and I like the “dirty window” look.

The “face” of the droid that feature the lenses and/ore sensor is proportioned well and I also like how the paint makes the droid look filthy.

This figure is light with the extras. He comes with an antenna (that you already have seen in the pictures on the top of the figure) and two restraining bolts. I don’t think I’ll be placing the restraining bolts on my figure as I’ll go for a more “clean” look.  Sideshow did provide an extra antenna in case the other one is lost or snaps. Watch what happens in my video below!

This figure does have a small action feature. You can pull the middle “eye” (sensor) on the head piece and the “bad motivator” pops out from the top of the dome. I think it was a cool extra feature instead of just having a piece plug in to the top.

For a comparison, here’s R5-D4 beside R2-D2. As I’ve mentioned, you can see that it’s the exact same figure except for the droid’s headpieces and the colours used on the body.

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Using a promo code helped me decide to get this guy. I really liked R2-D2 and plan on getting the Jawa set still down the road, so I think R5-D4 will look good on my shelf with the droids  I currently have or later on with the Jawas.

If you don’t have promo codes, the figure is $139.99 US but I got him for about $80. He’s a solid figure but just don’t expect lots of bells and whistles from him.  Enjoy my video review below!

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