Whether you think of him as a tough spaceship mechanic, a cheeky rebel hero, or a handy drink server, every self-respecting Star Wars fan has a thing for R2-D2. So in 2021, there was clearly no better way for LEGO to mark Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary than to craft an immaculate recreation of the lovable dome-headed droid in delightful detail. This glorious LEGO R2 unit might not be able to do its beeps and squeaks, but it’s sure to make any passing Star Wars fan whistle its approval.

Standing approximately 31cm (13 inches) tall, LEGO R2-D2 is an approximately 1:3.5 scale model of Threepio’s best friend. This isn’t the first time LEGO has released an Artoo unit in this scale, having deployed Set #10225 R2-D2 a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (or around 10 years ago in your local Toys ‘R Us store). However, this new Artoo unit, Set # 75308, features a number of upgrades that allow it to more authentically replicate Ralph McQuarrie’s iconic astromech design.

LEGO R2-D2 (75308)

Finished TTGames’ bricktastic retelling of the Star Wars saga? Mark your triumph by adorning your home with a character universally loved in all the trilogies. Artoo is a fun build. It also brings in enough to make all the other droids look astro-meh.

Made up of a staggering 2,314 pieces, the LEGO R2-D2 takes quite some time to build unless you have a pair of hands capable of going at lightning speed. There are 13 main bags of plastic droid pieces to spill on your coffee table, and some of these bags have their own smaller bags – though unfortunately none of them appear to contain actual Death Star blueprints. A conservative estimate is that this construction would take an average person about 10 hours. We don’t really know what that is in parsecs. In fact, we don’t really know what a parsec is, but let’s just say that building this R2 unit is more of a Kessel exploration than a Kessel run – though it’s still an incredibly enjoyable journey nonetheless. .

Building the LEGO R2-D2

One aspect of this Artoo that we really like is its complete lack of stickers. Aside from the one that adorns the small commemorative plaque that comes included with a minifig-sized replica, the main droid itself derives all of its detail from the ingenious use of actual LEGO bricks instead of the inevitably crooked veneers. at surface level. From the adjustable periscope that emerges from its dome to the air vents in its chunky body and the golden pipes at its feet, everything is put together to a convincing degree of tactile. In fact, the only way this LEGO recreation of Artoo could be any closer to the real thing would be if it had a LEGO Kenny Baker sweating tiny LEGO bricks inside.

This stickerless design also has an added benefit, in that you can easily disassemble Artoo so that a young Padawan can build it once you’re done. Or just sell it to local Jawas for scrap parts.

There's a surprising amount of interactivity in this R2 unit, including those hidden utility arms.

There’s a surprising amount of interactivity in this R2 unit, including those hidden utility arms.

However, it can be a slightly tedious build and its age suggestion of 18+ is probably worth sticking to. In particular, Artoo’s intricate internal skeleton is locked tightly by stubborn LEGO Technic peg pieces that sometimes required the use of almost enough force to lift an X-Wing out of a Dagobah swamp. It’s also a very symmetrical design for the most part, so there’s a lot of elements here like his legs and the side pieces of his torso that you’ll have to build twice. Again, there’s a reason it’s called R2-D2, not R1-D1.

There are many different colored rooms inside Artoo, but its heart of gold is strictly metaphorical.

There are many different colored rooms inside Artoo, but its heart of gold is strictly metaphorical.

While this highly detailed Artoo unit makes a great display piece to house in any wing of your home (X, Y or otherwise), there are enough interactive elements on board to make it suitable for play. Besides the aforementioned retractable periscope, LEGO R2-D2 has a third leg that automatically slides down to the ground when you tilt its body into a relaxed incline (it can then be pushed back into its body with a satisfying click). It also features a swiveling head and hidden utility arms that extend using push buttons on the back, plus a stylish LEGO Lightsaber that’s tucked away in a hidden compartment. It’s not spring-loaded, though, so don’t expect to be able to rely on it to save you if you ever find yourself handcuffed and hovering over a Sarlacc pit.

Small Lightsaber: Useful for chopping small hands.  Look out, Donald Trump.

Small Lightsaber: Useful for chopping small hands. Look out, Donald Trump.

Just like the real thing, this unit is playful, surprisingly complex, and a true marvel of astromech engineering to behold. If you manage to hunt one and can muster enough Republic Credits to cover its sizable bounty, then this awesome LEGO R2-D2 unit really is the droid you’ve been looking for.

Some Other Great Star Wars LEGOs

Helmet Darth Vader 75304

Darth Vader Helmet 75304

Mandalorian Helmet 75328

Mandalorian Helmet 75328

Helmet Red 5 75327
Death Star Trench Race 75329

Race through the Death Star Trenches 75329

Mos Eisley Cantina 75290

Canteen Mos Eisley 75290

LEGO R2-D2, Set #75308, is made up of 2,314 pieces and costs AUD $329.99.

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