Today we look at the Disney R2-Series Astromech Droid Black and Gold (not Goldie R3-S6), which is pretty close to the Separatist droid from the TV show. It's black, it's gold, and it even has some silver in spots. It's arguably worth the trip to get this one, or if you're me, it's worth pestering friends to help you out until it shows up in the mail. Read on!
One of at least a few droids to be redone in the Droid Factory, this R4-Series Astromech Droid Blue (MK II) is actually fairly different - it's not just a slightly different shade of blue, but the paint masks on the dome are different, too. Even though at first glance it looks the same, it's not - you can see some pretty striking differences when you click here to read on.
A store chain I've never heard of has Star Wars toys that shouldn't exist, at prices you probably won't want to pay - $19.99 gets you one carded Legacy Collection figure from the doomed 2012 line. Carded samples were known to exist in the hands of a few (OK, 1) private collector so this is something of a shock. Click here for more at Yakface.com, click here for Rebelscum's report.
At press time I am unsure if any are different (or how different) from the figures that eventually came out in Amazon's boxed set or the first wave of Black Series releases, but you can all take solace in the fact that there are no truly exclusive characters to be had here.
The R3-Series Astromech Droid Silver is pretty good - I daresay this is the dome to end all domes. It works with every body configuration I've tried so far, it just matches nicely. As such, you should get a few - I just have the one, so go get me some more while you're at it. Read on!
You don't know that you want the R9-Series Astromech Droid Silver, but you do. The colors work really well here, and the previous brightly colored versions - while nice - aren't quite as cool as this release. You can get it at Disneyland now, but if you aren't going there to build it you can read on!
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Another day, another droid! Our pal Shannon helped me out so now we're going to look at more robots starting with the R7-Series Astromech Droid Gold. It's a new Disney droid - notable in that the "Hasbro" name has been scraped off the figure's legs now - and you can get it on your next trip to Anaheim. More are coming later this year, we hear, but how is this one? Read on!
It's time to go on hiatus for at least until the new droids show up - but first, let's look at the 6-inch Han Solo Stormtrooper Disguise! It's pretty nice - mine had some paint smudging that cleaned right up. He has a helmet and a blaster, plus his blaster has some extra paint on it - the regular Stormtrooper does not. As such, this may be a decent army-builder. Read on!
Check out Bossk (The Black Series 6-Inch)! He's pretty cool - but he's awesome on a shelf of other figures. By himself, he's just pretty good - does he look cooler than the 7-inch Unleashed figure from a few years ago? Click here to find out when you read on!
Readers Colin (pictures and info), Shannon Cosman (pal/pics/info), and Michael Magdalena (lots of info) have written in to tell all of us about what we can expect from the new Droid Factory line. This is the next big batch of figures showing up at Disney theme parks as I write this. We're all still putting together a complete picture of everything (I have an image 9 new figures after the jump) so you know what to expect. We'll put together a matrix of all the new parts as soon as we have in-hand samples, but until then? Here are the Top
6 7 8 Things You Must Know about New Disney Astormech Droids.
Yes, it is a good day to be a droid fan - minus the headaches we're all about to get trying to track these down.
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If you aren't busy watching the David Hasslehoff music video for True Survivor, please take a moment to look at these new droids. As you know, we were told to expect new Droid Factory action figures at the Disney park building experience/shop/assembly line. Reader Colin sent in two images and tells us:
"Hey Adam just want to say I did find the droids at Disneyland this afternoon. Was told 11 but only found 9. Here are some photos."
Thank you, Colin! Check out the pictures after the break. Also, today's secret word is "sombrero."
The Rebels Stormtrooper Commander is a must-buy because it comes with Hera. It's also pretty neat - like every custom Sandtrooper before 1996, it's just a Stormtrooper with a shoulder pad. That's pretty much it, and that's really all it needs to be. I like it. Read on!
Shannon came through with two more individually carded action figures. Holographic R2-D2 is exclusive to Star Wars Weekends in the Florida park, so I'll be relying on you guys to help me out.
For D23 is another Droid with a Sorcerer's cap, and in the interest of speedy coverage we present to you this blurry image so we have something to share immediately. (How do I get these?)
Surprise! Pal of mine Shannon Cosman snapped this photo of new figures using the build-a-droid parts that, we are told, are going up for grabs at Disney parks today. As to how many there are, and the other finer details, we don't know yet.
Four new hats were also shown.
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The advantages of obsessive completism rarely manifest themselves so clearly. This morning at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, four new Astromech domes were unveiled for the new movie. These were said to be for various X-Wings and background elements, but one looked very familiar.
It turns out that it's because we reviewed something very close to it in 2012!