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!
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.
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!
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!
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."
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?)
Another image Shannon Cosman snapped for us: Star Wars Rebel Trainer! Shannon says that the R2-D2 will project TIE Fighter images on the walls and you are to shoot them! Keeps score and has levels of difficulty.
This is just one of many items being revealed in Anaheim right now - more as we have it!
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.
If you like designer toys - and I know you do - you'll want to visit the Glyos News Dump blog for a post I wrote called " C2E2 The Godbeast C2E2 2015 Offerings." A limited run of figures nodding to things you know and love will be on sale from Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen at the Nerd City booth. He does great stuff, and I've picked up some of his other offerings over the years.
In the realm of "holy cow that's awesome," kids of the 1980s will lose their cool over Gentle Giant's exclusive Jumbo 12-Inch Celebration VII Droids C-3PO. (I want one!) This yellow figure is a remake of a repaint - one of very few repaints - from the entire original Kenner action figure line. It is gorgeous. I will have one. (Somehow.)
Funko revealed five exclusive and first-to-market Pop! Vinyl Star Wars Bobble Heads for Star Wars Celebration VII. E-3PO, Unmasked Darth Vader, a Shock Trooper, R2-Q5, and R2-R9 were revealed so far. Click here to see the post on their fancy blog.