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Lego Star Wars R2-D2 review

Basic information:

Price: $199.99 / £174.99

Model Number: 75308

Number of pieces: 2 314

Dimensions: 13 x 8 x 6 inches / 31 x 19 x 15 cm

Recommended age: 18+

If you’ve ever wanted your own astromech droid, starship mechanic, rebel hero, and just a fun little buddy, then Lego Star Wars R2-D2 is for you. From its rotating dome to its mobile steps, the details are amazing and realistic (screen?). In addition, there are a few hidden compartments that we love as much as any Star Wars fan would love.

It’s been a long time since Lego released the R2-D2 set (since 2014, to be exact), and we think you’ll want to get your hands on this one as it’s the largest Lego Star Wars R2-D2 set. Unfortunately it’s not exactly life size, but this R2-D2 fits perfectly in Ikea’s Kallax shelving unit (tried and tested).

This set was released on May 1, 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm Ltd. and even includes a special Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Lego Brick to celebrate – a good excuse to watch all the Star Wars movies in chronological order if you haven’t already (warning, this article contains spoilers).

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Alas, R2-D2 doesn’t have its own tell-tale lights or sounds, but if you’re particularly smart, you can tweak this, as the rather experienced Shazza113 did. (will open in a new tab). In the meantime, you’ll have to make your own sounds as you spin around his little domed head.

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Lego Star Wars R2-D2 Review: Build

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  • Complex technical build at the start
  • Zen-like building in the middle
  • A little dragged out towards the end

You’ll start your droid building adventure with a pile of bags numbered 1 to 13 (16 bags in total). Along with that, you also get a great how-to book that includes a great foreword from the creative director and showcases some great photos and fun facts about everyone’s favorite droid (keep the BB-8 going, R2 was here first).

As part of Lego’s Ultimate Collector series, Lego Star Wars R2-D2 is recommended for those 18+, but younger kids ages 10 and up can still enjoy this build with some supervision. However, beginner builders of any age may find it difficult as this can sometimes be a daunting task (we’ll get into this in more detail later). It took us experienced Lego builders about 8 hours to build in multiple sessions, although some online customer reviews said they took 6 to 10 hours.

You will start by assembling the main body chassis using some Lego Technic parts. The placement of these bits must be precise to ensure that the leg sliding mechanism works correctly. Then you build sides R2-D2 (package 4). In this section, you will create one panel and then go back and create another panel. While this makes it clear that you will need to create that particular section twice, it would be nice to have an indication of which page to return to (although this is a bit of a nitpick). However, they are all color-coded (red and green) so you can distinguish between the two sides and know which one the instruction refers to. Again, these steps are critical to getting it right, as this will be the mechanism that deploys the third leg, giving R2-D2 its characteristic gangster leanings.

When you get to the later pouches when assembling the R2-D2 head, the pieces will get quite small and awkward, so you need to be very careful when placing them as they are very difficult to remove again. They help create a detailed domed look, so it’s worth it.

We found that we were missing a piece – luckily it was at the very end for only one of the legs for the display board. Several other Lego customer reviews noted that they too were missing a piece or two. Luckily, Lego will send you replacement parts. (will open in a new tab) for free after filling out an online form, which is quite simple to do.

Lego Star Wars R2-D2 Review: Design

  • Accurate screen appearance
  • Authentic details
  • Lots of hidden compartments with fun surprises, although some are hard to get into

You do have your little droid buddy. Lego Star Wars R2-D2 is an exact copy of the real one, only in miniature. This design is also much sleeker than its 2014 predecessor.

Fans of the Star Wars franchise will appreciate the cool front panels that open up to reveal R2-D2’s arsenal. As cool as the hidden compartments are, there are some issues. The front panels and retractable front hatches open easily enough, but pulling out the blasters is a bit fiddly and requires small fingers.

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The domed head sits on top of the body and is not attached to anything, so you can freely rotate it 360 degrees in both directions. The included elevating periscope is cool, but it doesn’t stay propped up on its own (think it slides back into the head smoothly).

A fun extra little easter egg is that, just like in the movie, there’s a secret compartment with Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hidden inside. You’ll need to “peel off” a few bricks to get to it, which we think is more authentic but annoying when you want to showcase this feature.

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While we regretted a few of these features a bit, they are all really fantastic touches that make this model more personal for Star Wars fans. They are fun to play with, but since the Lego Star Wars R2-D2 is more of a display than a toy, it will be in a stationary pose most of the time.

Speaking of poses, be careful not to put pressure on his legs when you put R2-D2 into “gangsta tilt” mode, because if you push too hard, the pieces will fly off.

Our only downside would be that the wheels would be fine to make the R2-D2 move smoothly, but since this model is designed more as a “stay in place and show off” model, we’ll leave that out of the picture.

Should I buy Lego Star Wars R2-D2?

Obviously yes. R2-D2 is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe and this Lego set really does justice to him. Priced at $199.99/£174.99, the Lego Star Wars R2-D2 costs more, but fans will appreciate this model a lot. Just don’t push him too hard.

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Other Lego Star Wars sets to consider

Hardcore Star Wars fans will find it hard to resist the Lego Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s so full of detail and includes a whopping 21 minifigures that it’s worth every penny.

Otherwise, for those looking to expand their fleet on a budget, you can’t go wrong with classics like the Lego Star Wars X-Wing and Lego Star Wars TIE Fighter. These are fun, easy builds that won’t cost an arm, a leg… an arm.

If you’re after another Star Wars icon, you’ll love the Lego Star Wars Darth Vader helmet or the Lego Star Wars Boba Fett helmet – both cost about a third less than the R2-D2 and look great. display parts.

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