Star Wars: R2-Q5 Imperial Astromech Droid Sixth Scale figure by Sideshow Collectibles
Imagine a world where fan favourite R2-D2 had an evil sibling or relative that worked for the Empire. OK, that’s probably not the story the creators of Star Wars had in mind when creating R2-Q5 but it’s fun to imagine.There are many different R2 units across Star Wars fandom and R2-Q5 was one that just happened to be on the Death Star and served the Empire. The best thing about the Star Wars universe is that almost every obscure character has some kind of backstory and R2-Q5 is no different.
According to Wookieepeida, this little guy did a lot for the Empire including fixing ships, spying, holding the Emperor’s plans that he’d use against the Rebels, and more. He supposedly has a hidden blaster cannon in him! Read it all and more HERE. If I didn’t grab this figure and do the write up for it, I would never have bothered looking into it. I never did for my 3 3/4″ version.
This figure comes in a smaller box that’s the same size as the one R5-D4 came with. It’s the perfect size for the droid that is just under 7″ tall (even shorter when it’s leaning back). As you can see, the outer packaging is the similar style we’ve seen for years. It does feature a flap that is held in place by a magnet and you can clearly see and admire the figure if you’re a mint in box collector when the flap is opened.
If you’re familiar with the Sideshow R2-D2 figure (see my review if you don’t have one), you know exactly what you’re getting here besides the colour scheme and unfortunately, there no additional accessories like R2-D2 had.
R2-Q5 has a glossy black outer body with copper accents (thanks, Sarge R!). I think in the video below from my YouTube channel I said it had gold panels/accents. That’s how great I am with colours. The only thing that matters is the droid is aesthetically pleasing. The legs at the “shoulders” can move and the dome of the droid can rotate 360 degrees.
Taking a closer look at the body, you can see that some of the panels do open but some that opened on R2-D2 don’t on this figure. Perhaps Sideshow decided to keep them glued in place to prevent them from becoming loose or snapping if the figure wasn’t including accessories to plug in. I think that was a good idea.
Just like ol’ R2-D2, R2-Q5 has a retractable “third” leg. Yeah, yeah…snicker all you want. If you want it out, just press it and it will pop out. If you want it hidden, shove it back up into the figure. The two regular legs have wiring in the front and although they are a softer plastic, they’re not too soft where they will break off or get warped.
The three lenses on the figure can move a bit so you can position them where you want them to focus. Only the two on the side of the droid utilize the light feature, not the one on the top. None of the panels on the top of the droid open.
The dome is also identical to R2-D2 and just like that figure, if you want to activate the light feature, you rotate the head a bit to where the tabs can pop out, pull the dome off the droid, and flick the switch inside the dome to “on.” It comes with batteries so all you have to do is pull out a little plastic tab out and you’re good to go!
To activate the light feature, you press to the left of the dome. If you press once, two of the lights activate on the front AND the back. If you press it again, the scope/lens at the front also lights up. Check out the video at the end of the feature to see it demonstrated and how the lights change on the back of the dome.
I took two pictures with a dim light to capture the lighting of the figure. These lights are bright and I think they are brighter and more appealing than R2-D2’s lighting.
Seeing how I haven’t stopped comparing R2-Q5 to R2-D2 throughout this feature, I may as well show the two brothers from different mothers hanging out. After putting them together like this, I’m contemplating whether I’m going to put R2-Q5 with Darth Vader and the Imperials in my cabinet or if I’m going to put him with R2-D2, C-3P0, and R5-D4 to make a droid hang-out area. Oh, the hard choices in life we have sometimes, right?
I’m not sure why, but R2-Q5 has a bit more weight to it than R2-D2 and the legs aren’t as loose. Now I’m wishing R2-D2 was like R2-Q5 in that manner.
When the figure came out last year I wasn’t planning on ever getting it. The more and more I saw it on Sideshow’s page, the more it tempted me. After obtaining an R5-D4, I got bit by the sixth scale droid “bug” and I ended up finding this figure through a seller for less than Sideshow’s price, free shipping, and I knew I wouldn’t get dinged with customs or taxes. That made it easy to part with the money for it.
I will say after having it in hand and doing my pictures and video for this feature, it is worth every penny. Without all the extra accessories that R2-D2 comes with, I think the price should actually be lower than the asking $140 US for the figure. I understand the logic of the price point, though. Sideshow is trying to utilize the tooling for R2-D2 so making some more profit on this figure and reusing the molds will probably help fund more unique projects. I’m just happy I got it for the price I did because I could justify the purchase more. Get more droids in your collection!
Enjoy the video!