proton torpedo launcher and blaster cannons of the POTF2 release, he's as film accurate as he's ever been. Let's take a closer look at R5-D4, the slacker droid with no motivation, after the break...
Height: 3 1/2 inches
Articulation: 6 rolling wheels, 3 hinged ankles, sliding middle leg,
swivel side legs, 2 hinged chest panels, 2 hinged interior arms, and a
Accessories: 2 removable leg panels.
Non-Scalper Price: $23 dollars
* First things first, you really can't talk about these figures without mentioning the packaging. While Hasbro isn't doing anything new by recreating the vintage Kenner packaging, it always manages to look incredible. It took me at least a month after the release of the 40th Anniversary Black Series figures before I ever saw one on store shelves and once I finally had one in hand I was amazed at how large these are. I mean, the Black Series figures are in a 6 inch scale, but the packaging on these is just huge! It's quite striking, though. There is a packaging difference on R5-D4: If you purchase him at ThinkGeek you won't get the "Only @ GameStop" sticker on the bottom right. Sadly, the packaging is not collector friendly.
* Last year when Hasbro released the exclusive three pack of R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2 I predicted that R5-D4 wasn't far off. I was right! R5-D4 is absolutely, 100% a repaint. The body was originally used on R2-D2 and has been used on every astromech droid since while the head is taken from R5-K6. Fortunately, those are all still nice, detailed sculpts and the strong paintwork beautifully captures the droid's likeness.
* I love the grimy, dusty paintjob on R5-D4. It really helps to give him that "living on Tatooine and traveling around with a bunch of Jawas" feel.
* Since he shares the same body as every other astromech droid in the line, R5-D4 also features a retractable third leg. Rotate his head and the leg descends (rotate his head the other way and it goes back up into his body). It works well and nicely gives us a few different display options.
* Again, since he shares the same body as the original R2-D2, R5-D4 features the two hinged panels on the front of the
body that open up. Inside is a hinged claw arm on the left and a data
port/ universal computer interface arm on the right. He also has the removable side panels so you could add jets or other side panels from previous droids to customize your figure a bit.
* So, this is pretty much like beating a dead horse at this point but the astromech droids in this line are actually too small. The 40th Anniversary Collection would have been a great time to upscale both R2-D2 an R5-D4, but Hasbro is still using this smaller scale.
* Considering he's the same price as most other figures, I wish R5-D4 had come with something else. An alternate "bad motivator" attachment for his head would have been amazing!
I haven't reviewed any other R5-D4 action figures on the site but I have looked at one other 40th Anniversary Collection figure: The
Legacy Pack which includes the all new Darth Vader figure.