LEGO Star Wars 10225 R2D2 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
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- Front panels open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and circular saw.
- 2 fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms.
- Retractable third leg
- Realistic rotating head
- Measures over 12" (31cm) high and 7" (18cm) wide
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|Item Weight||2.2 lbs||4.41 lbs||2.2 lbs||6.98 lbs|
|Item Dimensions||4.06 x 22.91 x 14.88 in||14.88 x 22.91 x 3.43 in||11.1 x 18.9 x 2.4 in||14.88 x 22.91 x 4.65 in|
|Number of Pieces||2,127||96||96||1,996|
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The UCS R2-D2 comes with a small number of functions. It has a third leg that drops down via a lever on the rear. The left and right legs rotate backward. None of the legs have wheels, using smooth domed tiles instead (what the Legoscenti call "boat tiles"). It has an I/O port that swings out from the front-right (useful for disabling Death Star trash compactors), and a rotary cutting tool on the front-left; both of these tools are also controlled from the rear. For both tools, you must open their respective hatches by hand before deploying them. The blue horizontal arms on the front-middle swing open as well. The head has full rotation. The set comes with a display plaque and a mini figure R2-D2, just in case the large one is not enough.
The age range for the set is 16+, however, if you have a young R2 fan who is a precocious builder, this set will present little difficulty. The inner core is composed of Technic pieces to accommodate the third leg. There are a lot of white bricks; for this reason you may want to encourage younger builders to split the project into a number of days in order to ward off frustration. In spite of some of the drawbacks of this set (mentioned below) the outcome is very rewarding.
This set is fun, but it does present some play challenges. The set is simply so large that it does not integrate with Lego's mini-figure Star Wars line. There are no other characters or structures of the same scale (it is about a foot tall) unless you happen to have the UCS Yoda from 2002. The set also lacks for not having wheels. The model is a bit tippy on only two legs, something that might have ben a contributing factor in the decision not to have wheels.
For some buyers, this set will work well as a Lego sculpture. While the dome and sides are largely represented by blocks (like the whole thing has been pixelated), I think this works stylistically. Your mileage may vary. Glancing at the model from a distance, I think the overall effect is impressive, especially with regard to the coloring of the dome, the detailing on the legs, and the front grillwork.
Lego has a short, campy video with the two designers of the model. You can find it at Lego or on youtube (search "Lego 10225 designer"). Finally, this set is a Lego exclusive, which sometimes means that Lego has greatly limited distribution and that you should (hint) cross check with their website).
Construction is fairly complex and can be challenging at some points, but the experience is made much easier by the use of numbered bags. In all, there are 10 sets of bags that are used to construct R2. While this may seem excessive, there are so many small parts in this set that it actually helps save quite a bit of time by not having to sort a large number of parts to find one of the many small white pieces that are used to construct everything but the head.
On the parts, there are a lot of small ones here. R2 is made up primarily of short plates and bricks, with the majority of pieces only 1-stud wide and just a few studs long. You do get a great variety though and the technic assembly used to give the third leg its functionality is pretty cool.
I would highly recommend this set for anyone who is a fan of LEGO Star Wars sets. I've pretty much avoided the UCS line before this because of the size and lack of diversity in colors. Massive piles of gray parts don't appeal to me much, but R2 has enough variety to really make him a great display piece and the blue and gray on white looks awesome.
The age rating on the box should really be heeded, as this is a very complex build. I'm sure there are many kids under 16 that can tackle it, but only if they're very experienced with LEGO building already.
All in all, this was just a pleasure to build. Took me about 7 hours, and I consider myself an expert at building LEGO. I was slowed down a bit by my 6 year old son "helping" me build some parts, so I'm sure I could have done it in about 5.5 hours or so. I plan on disassembling and reassembling this at least a couple more times just because of how much fun it was to build.
+ Excellent LEGO quality
+ Challenging build
+ Cool functionality in the final product
+ Great value at MSRP of $180
+ Impressive display piece
- The third leg is a bit tricky to get to work properly. Not a huge con, but may frustrate some.
- Not really suitable for children to play with the final model. While it is fairly sturdy, it's not really designed for the type of play young children would throw at it.
It's easy to build and it looks great. It's not too big so you can display it. Of course as all SW Lego it's overpriced.
- Can be displayed
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Normal standard of lego, good quality.
Instructions were easy to follow, definitely needs patience! not for a beginner builder.