Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid Robot(Discontinued by manufacturer)
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- Newly programmed at our ultra-modern factory, this state-of-the-art R2 series astromech droid unit is ready to obey your commands
- Grab his attention by saying "Hey, R2" and he's ready for more than 40 voice commands
- Ask him if he remembers his famous friends, like Luke Skywalker, C-3PO or Jabba the Hutt
- These are just a few of R2's amazing attributes
- In "Game" mode, R2 plays multiple games and spins, dances and plays music, and he even guards your room with his sentry alarm
- Each name will stir up a different response depending on R2's "feelings" for that character
- Includes moving along on his own, turning his front beam on and off, and even playing a secret message when you follow the proper voice commands
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He's back! 15 inch R2-D2 Electronic Voice Command Astromech Droid. Finally a droid to call your own! This easy-to-control functional droid walks, talks and responds to over 40 commands. Resourceful and adventurous, R2-D2 is ready, willing and able to serve. Navigates, patrols and finds you on its own! Guards and protects your room with its sentry room alarm. Plays multiple interactive games. Remembers and reacts to key Star Wars characters. Other awesome features include illuminating light beam, intergalactic beverage holder and utility arm, sound processing microphones, sonar navigational system, adaptable droid mood status indicator, and a sleek rotating dome. Some assembly required. Uses 4 "AA" and 4 "D" alkaline batteries (not included). Ages 8 & up. Packaged in a Revenge of the Sith themed window box and includes a bonus poster. For indoor use only.
Collectors young and old will appreciate the details of this Star Wars Interactive Electronic R2-D2 Astromech Droid. Complete with movie-accurate messages and flashing lights, this droid responds to voice commands and has a special arm designed to keep your beverage handy. This friendly robot is designed to be a fun companion for kids aged eight and up.
Celebrate Star Wars 30th Anniversary by inviting this movie-accurate droid into your life. Once the loyal companion to Queen Amdala, this utility droid is programmed to be your devoted helper and friend. Help him get ready to serve you by snapping his steering legs into place and attaching the projector piece to his domed top. You'll need to use a Phillips screwdriver to insert four "AA" batteries and four "D" cell batteries in his side.
More than 15-inches tall, this sophisticated R2-D2 model boasts a secret cargo compartment, a unique swing-down utility arm that's also a beverage holder, a removable sensor scope, a working light beam, sound-processing microphones, and an adaptable droid mood-status indicator. Sonar navigational technology and infrared location sensors help make him one the most advanced droids around.
Take Advantage of Three Interactive Modes
Intergalactic missions will be more fun with a reliable droid at your side. In companion mode, R2-D2 responds to commands like "Go on patrol," "Light Beam," and "Play Message." Star Wars fans are sure to appreciate the accuracy of the messages, which are culled from famous missions he remembers.
You can even ask R2 about friends including Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Jabba the Hutt. He has a different reaction to each name based on his "feelings" for the characters. And if you hit R2 on the head, he'll make irritated beeping sounds and try to move away from you. As you get to know your droid, you'll realize that the noises and motions he makes correspond to his "mood."
In game mode, R2 responds to more complicated commands. He'll act as a sentry to protect your important stuff, dance to cantina music, spin around, or play light tag. The third mode is the most complex. This command mode lets you give pointed directions that control R2's movements. Tell him to turn left and right or go forward whenever you want, or set a preprogrammed course for him to follow.
While R2 responded to simple commands with no problems, we had difficulty getting him to respond reliably to more complex requests. We trust that, like with any voice-operated electronic system, over time it will get easier to produce a wider range of commands that R2 consistently responds to. Until then, his movie-accurate look, the way he responds to simple commands, and the convenient beverage holder make him a fun comrade.
What's in the Box
Droid body, two steering legs, projector piece, telescope piece with sensory array, and an operation manual.
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All of 18 inches tall, this diminutive little toy gets around well on most surfaces (hardwood or linoleum floors are best) and is a lot of fun. But he's not your daddy's Radio-Controlled R2D2. This Artoo unit doesn't automatically do what you say, or even what you want or expect. Although, on most occasions, you wont' have a problem with Artoo, the one I bought has shown flashes of temper and streak of stubbornness that would try even the most patient parent.
Despite this (or maybe because of this) Artoo is a riot! I took him over to my friend's place for Christmas and, at first, everyone in the room was amazed at how well he followed orders. Whether it was to turn left, turn right, go forward or turn around, Artoo seemed pleased as punch to follow directions. Then his temper flared and he, quite pointedly, refused to obey me; shaking his head and making noises in apparent disdain at my pleas.
That reaction brought the house down, as everyone laughed at his refusal to follow his "master's commands." When I ordered him to "re set system" and he refused again, that created still more chuckles. Finally he got over his little "snit" and behaved normally...until he seemed to change his mind decided to act up all over again.
Then my friend, who has three children of his own, got into the act. Pleading with Artoo in his best "daddy voice" he finally got the robot to obey him where my pleas failed. Then, like a stubborn child, Artoo had another tantrum and stopped listening to him too. That invoked a surprising response from me, anger. But, instead of spanking him like any other misbehaving child, I manually shut him off via the power switch on his behind so he could "calm down" (I would have spanked him, too, but Hasbro, the manufacturer, has not seen fit to include a pain function on him...yet!).
Needless to say, all this only helped to further endear Artoo to everyone around him, although this behavior can get annoying when you want him to do something simple, like bring you a beverage. That said, after a while it became hard to see him as simply another "toy," which is probably what Hasbro had in mind all along.
Instead of a mere "toy," they created a "personality," one that can interact, and react, with both people and the environment around him. Had Artoo simply followed directions, he would have got "old" real fast; becoming nothing more than another cleverly designed (but boring) set of circuits and switches run by batteries. But, by giving him what appears to be a random and unpredictable nature, Hasbro has made Artoo appear to be as realistic, and "alive," as the one in the movies we all love.
That said, Artoo is also a very clever robot, packed with sonar and voice recognition capabilities that are very functional. Although he cannot "see" things below his domed head, he is not stupid and not only found his way out of my bedroom but proceed to bound his way down the hallway.
Artoo's dance function is hilarious and he patrols a floor better than the average mutt, without fear of "accidents." Although the beverage container is problematic (the grip is not very strong), he does manage to find his way around a house fairly well and will probably get into all kinds of mischief unless monitored carefully (like any toddler). Be careful, though, of stairs, as Artoo does not have a floor-sensor and would go over and down them, with catastrophic results.
Combined with a very affordable price tag, the Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Robot (2005 edition) is a terrific toy and well worth the money. If anyone reading this article knows of any "secret" or hidden commands, please e-mail me and let me know.
Unlike the awesome "Legendary Jedi Yoda" talking robot figure/statue (which I highly recommend), R2 responds to a wide assortment of Star Wars character names like "Grand Moff Tarkin", "Boss Nass", "Darth Sidious", "Admiral Ackbar", "Jar Jar", "Darth Maul", "Qui-Gon Jinn", "Jango Fett" and any of the regular SW roles. As you can see by the names, the robot was released around the time of Episode 1 in the movie series.
Now the main con for this robot is the white plastic body. After so many years, it doesn't age well and discolors. Even though mine is never in direct sunlight and pretty much in the shade all the time, the legs and back half of it have become mild orange-yellow in hue. Sure wish there was a way to reverse this issue and bring the white back. Even with the age discoloration problem, I definitely recommend this R2 over any others of similar style out on the market.