The new R2-D2 model is the newest addition to the Ultimate Collector Series, meaning it’s intended to be very detailed, and more difficult than typical models. Basically, this isn’t a kid’s LEGO set. It’s meant to be built and displayed, alongside an informational plaque and minifigure.
Once built , the model is incredibly detailed. Each of R2’s joints is articulated, along with several of his film canon features. His head rotates, his "computer interface arm" extends and retracts, and several panels open and close, revealing "spacecraft linkage control arms." A lever on the back of the model switched R2 between 2-legged mode and 3-legged driving mode.
The completed model is about a foot tall, which is just right for in-home display – a full-sized R2 would be a bit space-intensive – and the model is listed as adult-level difficulty.
The merging of Star Wars and LEGO brings about some of the most imaginative play-scapes of our childhood. Thus far, fans of the brick toys and the sci fi series can build star destroyers, x-wing fighters and even the Millennium Falcon. This week, LEGO revealed their latest Star Wars kit, a part of the Ultimate Collector series– the R2D2 Lego Star Wars Kit. 2,127 bricks come together to form an R2D2 bot with moving/skating legs, a 360-degree rotating head and an array of pop-out tools as seen in the Star Wars films. It will be available for purchase this year, although the price has not yet been announced. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny for what might be one of the coolest (okay, nerdiest) desk trophies ever.
• Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2™!
• Features retractable third leg!
• Front panels open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and circular saw!
• Features realistic rotating head!
• R2-D2 features 2 fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms!
• Includes fact plaque and R2-D2 minifigure!
• Measures over 12” (31 cm) high and 7” (18 cm) wide!