|Big droid, little droid.|
R2-D2 convinced me to give them a try though. Due to his size, he feels more like a sculpture than a regular ship or playset. The fact that I had a chance to get him at a discount pretty much guaranteed that I needed to have him as well. Also, it's freaking R2-D2, probably one of the coolest robots in all of science fiction history.
|Pre-dome from the back.|
Like others have reported, I did not get the orange brick separator listed in the instruction manual. I guess that was a packaging error with the first run. It's not a big deal though. I already have a few from other sets. Just worth mentioning so other people are aware of it.
Construction is pretty much what you would expect. You start with the torso, then the mechanism for the middle leg, the two side legs, and then finish off with the dome. As I mentioned, most of the parts are on the smaller side. Plenty of 1x1, 1x2, and 1x3 parts make up the majority of the set, along with the usual battery of technic pins that are needed to give him some functionality. Just make sure you have a clean workspace for building and I highly suggest a few bins to help keep track of parts.
|The guts and third leg assembly.|
I managed to get the whole thing put together over the course of about four nights. It would have been three, but I stupidly put one of the little technic pins for the leg assembly in the wrong hole. That little error required taking apart most of the torso to get it out because the leg lowering mechanism was in the way on the other side of the + technic brick it went into. Oops.
The finished product is great. He's not too big, but is large enough to show off some great details. The tool arms that can pop out are really cool and the R2 minifigure that attaches to the display plaque is a nice touch. It gives the set a good scale reference in photographs. I would highly recommend this set to any fan of Star Wars or anyone who enjoys a relatively intricate build. I'm already clearing space in my display case for him.