Hot - or cold - on the tail of last year's robot is the new R2-H16. This festive fellow has a hat with ear flaps, which is reason alone enough to buy one as 3 3/4-inch scale droids seem to have become the new Vinylmation as our hobby as concerned. The official Disney Parks site has a feature on this and other new items, including a Bluetooth Stormtrooper Commlink for your phone, new plush Ewoks based on the 1980s cartoons - seriously!, and other goodies.
Ultimate Studio Edition Star Wars Collectibles are now up for grabs at http://collectibles.starwars.com/. This new product line is yet another prop replica maker, with one key difference - these ones boast even more authenticity, and are priced (and packaged) accordingly. Eight pieces are up for grabs now, all from The Force Awakens, including Vader's melted helmet (pictured) as a limited edition of 500 for $3,500.
Reader Frank chimed in to let us know/warn us that four more droids were added to the action figure part bins at Disney World in Florida. No new bodies are available yet - but these four domes are. Here's what he had to say:
"I am an avid fan and love my astromechs! I stopped out at WDW Hollywood Studios today and happened to browse by the Droid Factory counter at Tattooine Traders. Not expecting to see anything, just more of the mismatched 2015 domes series when I did see exactly that!! More mismatched domes and some that I had not seen before. I have not seen reports of these new additions. I found 4 new domes, but nothing new in the legs or bodies from before. Maybe they are on their way? Or maybe 4 domes is all there is?? Not sure when these hit the retail floor, but it looks like there are new parts coming for 2016. The 4 different domes are pretty evenly distributed out there, no shortage that I could tell. Just wish they had some matching parts to make coherent looking droids. Most interesting is the new black R4.5 [?] dome. If I learn more here I’ll send it in."
If you like new droids, Yakface.com has some exciting news for you - the Holiday 2015 droid aptly named R2-H15 is out now! Actual pricing was not reported, but other droids in this line have been $12.95 and eBay prices (and mark-ups) seem to indicate that's about the going rate. Good hunting!
Reader Matt wrote in to let us know that Disneystore.com is now selling the theme park exclusive Droid Factory Box Set - Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a ridiculously good $29.95. The set has 4 3 3/4-inch scale droids including some you haven't seen as toys before - considering the going rate of a droid is usually $10-$13, that ain't bad.
What's more, there's also this 25% off $75 coupon that expires today. If you need more than one set - or shirts - this is quite the deal.
This is new! No, really! This R4-M9 is new for 2015 and is on sale right now at a Disney park near you as part of a four-pack that is ultimately worth getting. (And it was $29.95 when I got mine - a real bargain!) He comes with R5-X3, R2-Q2, and a new R0 droid. And yes, we'll be looking at them all soon. Read on!
Hasbro or not Hasbro? We're still not 100% sure, but we do know that a new Droid Factory Boxed Set has popped up at theme parks and on eBay. Reader Michael passed along the details - $29.95 gets you four droids (a real bargain!) including the first-ever R0-4LO and the first action figure of R5-X3 - this was previously sold as a Tomy RC droid and was slated for the axed Legacy Collection.
Also included are R2-Q2 with a different paint job - seriously, new panels and all - plus the first new R4-I9 since 2002. The box boasts they're from the new movie, but I'm curious to see if this is true.
Thanks once more to my pal Shannon, we've got a R2-Series Astromech Droid Grey and Green (not R7-A7) - plus a bunch more as part of the second wave of figures. With this one there's a fine line between "proper configuration" and "I need one of each part," so you're seeing the "I need one of each part" configuration. How does Ahsoka's droid translate to realism via theme park? Read on!
Let's finish up this look at the first round of 2015 exclusives (more are coming in round 2) with the R2-Series Astromech Droid Blue and Yellow edition - this one is really close to the unreleased 2012 R8-B7! And he has a swell hat, assuming of course that's the hat you opted for when you built him at a Disney park this year. We switch gears tomorrow, so read on!
So now we're up to 25 of these in the 2015 series - but I'm still working through the first 11! Today it's the R8-Series Astromech Droid White and Blue version, and there's an orange one coming shortly. Amazing. Get one if you dare, and read on!
Today: R5-Series Astromech Droid Red and Black! It's like R5-K6, which is really expensive on eBay from the Scramble on Yavin set, but this is.... less expensive. If you're at a Disney Park, at least. Read on!
Today in Figure of the Day: R2-Series Astromech Droid Silver and Blue MK II! It's a lot like the last R2-D2, but not - other than the dome, each piece has slightly different tooling and a lot of deco tweaks. It's for completists only, but at this point that's a lot of us. Read on!