He may not be the first character to speak in Star Wars: A New Hope, but he is the second. The feisty droid R2-D2 is the subject of the major release in time for May the 4th.
With 2314 pieces, a minifigure version of R2D2 and a special Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary LEGO Brick, you can expect 75308 R2-D2 to be on sale from May 1st 2021. It will initially be a LEGO.com/LEGO Brand Retail/ Certified Store exclusive, and is priced at €199.99 EUR – $USD199.99 – £179,99- $AUD329.99 – $CAD269.99 .
This new model is similar in size to the 10225 from 2012, but has undergone a dramatic redesign compared to that model, taking advantage of new elements that have become available in the last 9 years, including various curved slopes; there is also a new mechanisism to release R2D2’s central leg.
This is the only set that the 50th anniversary brick, as far as the team have revealed to date. It is a 4x1x3 Brick. Unfortunately, R2-D2 is still devoid of any printing on the back.
Billund, April 21, 2021: Today, the LEGO Group revealed a new product for the ultimate Star Wars™ fan collection: the LEGO®Star Wars™ R2-D2™ construction set, launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm.
The galaxy’s most lovable droid can now be recreated in stunning detail with this 2,314 piece set, the most feature-packed LEGO brick version of R2-D2 from the LEGO Group to date. Adult LEGO builders and Star Wars fans alike can recreate their favourite moments from the films as they craft R2-D2’s unique retractable mid-leg, rotating head and a periscope. The model also has hidden tools tucked away, such as a lightsaber hilt hidden in a secret compartment in the head.
This set is perfect for any hero looking for a fun and immersive building experience. When finished, the R2-D2 replica makes an impressive focal point when displayed with the set’s exclusive minifigure version of the iconic droid and a special Lucasfilm 50thanniversary LEGO brick.
In 2021, Lucasfilm is celebrating half a century of storytelling with arange of commemorative, fan-favourite 50th anniversary Star Wars products, including this new LEGO® Star Wars™ R2-D2™ model. Commenting on the new set, Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, Creative Lead of LEGO Star Wars at the LEGO Group said: “We have had the pleasure of creating hundreds of Star Wars-inspired models over the past two decades since we first launched LEGO Star Wars sets. As Lucasfilm celebrates their 50thanniversary, it seemed fitting to challenge ourselves and push the limits of what is possible with LEGO bricks by recreating a fan-favourite Star Wars character in great detail like we have never achieved before. We are delighted with the result and hope our fans get as much joy out of building the sets as we did designing it.”The set will be available exclusively from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores globally from 1st May 2021.
Certainly, comparing the new version (75308, left) of R2D2 with the old one (10225, right), there a lot of the external changes – smoother curves all over, subtly different vents, as well as the new ‘leg deployment system.’
Hopefully, we will get some details about May the Fourth promotions before too long, to make it an especially worthwhile purchase on the opening weekend.
I have had the opportunity to build this set, thanks to the LEGO Group, and my review will follow shortly.