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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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Presenting the iconic R2-D2 as you've never seen him before. Everyone's favorite droid from the Star Wars galaxy is now part of the ultimate collector series and features fantastic detailing, such as rectractable third leg, front panels that open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and a circular saw, rotating head and 2 fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms. With the included fact plaque and mini R2-D2 figure, this diminutive model is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection. Measures over 12” (31cm) high and 7” (18cm) wide.
Top Customer Reviews
TONS of pieces. This makes it fun still, but also can be a challenge and for some people can be a turn off. My son and myself took 5 hours straight on Christmas day building this. Going as fast as we could. Made a time lapse video on youtube. Following the directions with so many tiny parts really slows down the process and simply takes a long time to build.
If you want to build it all in one sitting, be prepared for 4+ hours. If that doesn't sound like fun, find a table you can use over several days and take your time. Stopping only when a bag is completed do you don't lose any pieces between sittings.
A lot of tiny legos that make up the head. A dust nightmare if you plan to keep it together like I am doing. I put a bag over it when stored. But a glass or plastic box/case would also work. Otherwise be prepared for difficult dust cleaning. lol.
Again, great completed model and if you looking for a lego project that takes a lot of time, this is a great choice.
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.
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.
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