"Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)" opens with Luke Skywalker and friends travelling to Tatooine to rescue Han Solo from the vile Jabba the Hutt. First the droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, arrive with a holographic message from Skywalker pleading Jabba to release Solo, but they end up being processed as slave-laborers. Princess Leia Organa (in the guise of bounty hunter Boushh) also gets caught and is forced to become Jabba's newest slave girl, and chained to the dais as a trophy. Luke then arrives and he too is captured. Using C-3PO as a translator, Jabba sentences Luke and his friends to be taken to the Dune Sea for termination (over a course of a thousand years) by the man-eating Sarlacc at the Great Pit of Carkoon. En route, R2-D2 is tasked with serving drinks to Jabba's guests, and Jabba allows Leia to climb off his throne and watch her friends from a window while still chained to the dais.
This is the Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 1/6th scale Deluxe R2-D2 outfitted as a drink server / beverage dispenser. Sideshow Collectibles (Exclusive version) Star Wars 1:6 scale R2-D2 Deluxe figure (droid would have been a more appropriate term since figure usually refers to a person with limbs) comes with many options and this is one of those. Having reviewed Deluxe R2-D2 previously (see the first-part review posted on my toy blog HERE) with its Highly Detailed R2 Series Astromech Sculpt, Rotating Dome with Articulated Projectors Ports and Hinged Panel Utility Access Ports plus Light Up Logic Function Display, Processor State Indicators and Holographic Projector as well as Articulated Terrain Tread Legs, I thought I'll show off R2-D2 with its Articulated and Retractable Third Tread Leg plus other features.
This is certainly a very nicely produced Star Wars droid by Sideshow Collectibles with all the ultra-cool features. I especially like the light up features which alternate between blue and red for the front and orange and green for the back. Plus you can switch the lights off easily with a light tab on the sensor switch which is hidden under the blue rectangular panel on the dome as seen on the left in the picture. Battery compartment and main on/off switch is cleverly hidden under the dome. The fact that you can use the included Skywalker Saber Hilt with Magnet Tip for Panel Access is an added bonus :)
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Here's the Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 1/6th scale Deluxe R2-D2 with (from left to right, top to bottom) Grasping Arm, Computer Terminal Arm and Power Charge Arm
Close-up shot of the Grasping Arm, Computer Terminal Arm and Power Charge Arm which come with the regular release
Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 1/6th Deluxe R2-D2 Figure (Exclusive version) comes with Laser Welding Arm, Spacecraft Linkage Arm and Utility Circular Saw Arm. The exclusive versions are priced the same as the regular version but limited in quantity so it's nice to be able to get the exclusive version with some extra accessories at no extra charge.
Closer view of the Sideshow Exclusive Laser Welding Arm, Spacecraft Linkage Arm and Utility Circular Saw Arm
Check out the Extending Periscope and Extending Life Scanner which pops up from the top of R2-D2's dome
And here's the Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 1/6th Deluxe R2-D2 outfitted as a drink server / beverage dispenser on board Jabba the Hut's sail barge (Khetanna) as seen at the beginning of "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)". The Articulated Drink Serving Arm, Multi-Tiered Serving Tray Attachment and Seven (7) Drinking Glasses are all included with the set.
Check out the nice details on the close-up pictures taken of the Articulated Drink Serving Arm, Multi-Tiered Serving Tray Attachment and Drinking Glasses that come with the Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 1/6th Deluxe R2-D2
July 16, 2008 – Hasbro Star Wars 1:6 scale C-3P0 and R2-D2 figures posted on my toy blog HERE
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February 24, 2010 – "I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations and this is my counterpart R2-D2." posted HERE
November 5, 2010 – Thinkway Toys Star Wars C-3PO and R2-D2 Electronic Talking Bank review HERE
February 20, 2011 – USPS Star Wars R2-D2 Mailbox Coin Bank (pictures HERE)