|Number of pieces||1|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Release date||9 September 2017|
|Mfg Recommended age||15 year and up|
|Item model number||BAN195963|
|Product Dimensions||29.85 x 18.75 x 6.68 cm; 375 Grams|
Star Wars Model kit 1 / 12 R2-D2 and R5-D4 Action Figure
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|Number of pieces||1|
About this item
- R2-D2 stands 91mm and R5-D4 114mm (98mm to top of head.)
- The third legs can be retracted inside the bodies.
- Includes bases modelled after the Death Star’s flooring that can be connected to other bases in the series. The kit includes 6 part sprues, 1 sheet of water- transfer decals, 1 marking sticker sheet, and 1 instruction sheet.
- Can replicate distinctive rolling poses.
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Highly detailed 112 scale portrayals of R2-D2 and R5-D4 based on an exhaustive re-investigation of the many research materials.
Star Wars 1/12 R2-D2 & R5-D4
It's everyone's favorite wheeled droid (and R5-D4)! Both robots are included in this set so you can put your favorite (we know which one it is) front and center! Also, R2-D2 includes robotic arm and periscope parts! Runners x6, Sticker Sheet x2 and Manual x1
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Designed in Japan, these fun snap together model kits require no glue and are color molded, minimizing the use of paint for an accurate and dynamic model! Find GunPla (Gundam Models), Figure-rise, Star Wars Plastic Models, PokePla, and more here!
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I've been making scale models for over 40 years, and I have to say, without even breaking the seal on the bags, this is the best quality model kit I've ever seen, let alone the best quality Star Wars kit.
First the good stuff
A careful examination of the parts shows there is absolutely no mould flash at all, nor any visible ejector marks. So much care has gone into the design of this kit. everything looks straight and well formed, no warping on the sprues, and the round parts are designed with lots of internal support to prevent the usual spread.
I'm not sure if it's pre-painted, or just really high quality plastic, but the finish on the visible surfaces is flawless, the body has a perfect shine, and all the plain coloured parts are a perfect shade for R2. Also, there is no hint at all of the usual wavy discolouration found on most injection moulded kits.
Something I love about Bandai is their innovative modular display stands, clever marketing really, but if you decide to collect all the kits in the series, you can display them on one big interlocked display.
The quantity of accessories and quality of parts for the price this is sold at, really shows that certain other kit makers have been ripping us off for years. I can't believe I got not only this kit for this price, but I've been able to get all of the rest of the series at a similar price.
I haven't built it yet, but I have heard good things about the fit on these kits, and I'm looking forward to putting my little droid collection together in the near future.
Scale is spot on and there is a ton of detail that has usually been missed off of R2 model kits (yes I'm talking about the MPC kit), and while the instructions are in Japanese primarily, there is enough English to work it out. After all most model kit instructions are just pictures anyway. You can also find translated version on the net if you look hard enough.
Unlike the Rocket Booster version, this comes with a choice of the fiddly sticker sheet or the much more familiar water slide decals, which is great to have a choice, but the experienced modeler that would opt for water slide decals would be reaching for their paint brush to detail an R2 kit anyway.
Now the not so good
Also, the metallic coloured parts are really not that pretty visually and here there are some signs of the mottled finish often seen in injection moulded kits. They will make for a nice looking kit for the novice, but the experienced modeller is going to want to paint those. Again, this is one place where you have to accept there is no good solution. R2-D2 has never had a polished dome anyway, so the chromed domes on some kits in the past are just as inaccurate as silver coloured plastic. a good shade of stainless steel coloured paint and an airbrush will get these parts looking much closer to the real thing.
Reviews of others in the series have often highlighted that the buyer just has never made a model kit before and completely ignored the instructions about cutting and cleaning the parts from the sprue.
All in All, this is an incredible value kit, and is the beginning of a shelf of every R2 unit ever seen in the franchise. 5*, I'd give it 6 if there was an option to do so.
This is the first Bandai set I’ve ordered and will put together. I found the set somewhat expensive given the size of the models. But upon arrival I must say i’m quite impressed with the box contents and detail of the parts, and I can’t wait to put it together.
The instructions are in Japanese but I think with my model building experience and a translation app I should get away with it. In order to make the droids more realistic I will spray paint the droids first with matt varnish to get rid of the glossy look. And then I will given it a light dirt wash also to to accentuate the details. I may do something about the snap seams and joins as well, yet my young imperial engineer still has to put all the parts together, so that may overdo it a little. Though I’m not sure about the R2 dome, that I might airbrush as well. The included decals, will be a little tricky and I will apply these myself with softener.
I’ve still amazed by these snap together modelling kits. They are very different from the models I used to put together in the 1970’s and 1980’s. But it seems like a very exciting project to complete. And we may order some ore of these Bandai sets. I found it thoroughly enjoyable to put together both the process and the result felt like I was working in the ILM model shop. Modelling rarely gets any better.
When it comes to Star Wars figures we have an almost complete collection of 3.75” figures, and never ventured into the 6” Black Series range. I hope this doesn’t trigger my son’s interest in that direction.
On the other hand if your feeling creative have a very nice base, my R2 is looking very cool in original colours, the R5 is a lot more battered in Hondo Ohnakas pirate colours.
Theres a couple of easily snapped bits, the cabling on the feet seems to be quite brittle on this kit while it was a bit more flexible on the R4 kit , i ended up replacing it with wire and if you stick to snap fix your going to have some obvious seams and joins that you wont have if you use filler and paint but these are very fun kits.
I had to mark it down a little on cost, theyre a bit basic for that price, i guess thats what happens when you have to pay for a license but otherwise you cant go wrong
The head swivels around.
Can be two or three legs showing, the body leg goes up inside or down as you want it to look. All legs move to be in different positions.
Little hatch doors can be open or closed with tools to be placed so they stick out as desired.