“Hello There!” After the set was already teased and partially leaked by LEGO, the LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 has now been officially revealed and is already listed in the LEGO shop. We have gathered all the images and details for the exclusive Star Wars set for this year’s LEGO May the 4th event here on the blog.
While not part of the Ultimate Collector Series, the LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 is still a clear remake of the 2012 LEGO 10225 UCS R2-D2, which was released under that label at the time. The set will launch on May 1 and will initially be available exclusively from LEGO shop and Brand Stores.
Please note: This article was originally written in German and later translated to English. Please let us know if you find any errors or inconstancies.
Sales start and info about the new R2-D2
The LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 will go on sale in May 1 2021, coinciding perfectly with the start of this year’s LEGO May the 4th event along with several other offers and promotions. The new R2-D2 will be released as an exclusive D2C set and will accordingly only be sold directly in the LEGO shop and brand stores at a price of US$199.99. In addition, the new set will be marketed as an 18+ set for adults, and the box will have a corresponding dark design with the 18+ label.
Here are all the details again at a glance:
- Set number: 75308
- Name of the set: R2-D2
- Number of pieces: 2314
- Number of minifigures: 1
- Number of stickers: 1
- Number of prints: 1
- Price (MSRP): US$199.99 (€199.99, £179.99, AU$329.99, CA$269.99)
- Price/brick: 8.6 cents
- Dimensions of the set: 12.5 in. (31 cm) high, 7.5 in. (20 cm) wide and 6 in. (15 cm)
- Scale: approx. 1:3,5
- Release: May 1, 2021
- Age recommendation: 18+
R2-D2 (pronounced Artoo-Detoo) is one of the most popular Star Wars characters and, along with C-3PO, the only character to make an appearance in all nine Star Wars films in the Skywalker saga and in Rogue One. So it’s no wonder that LEGO is launching a new edition of the buildable droid after nine years.
According to various sources, the “real” R2-D2 is between 1.06 and 1.08 meters tall, which means a scale of about 1:3.5 for the new LEGO R2-D2. First and foremost, of course, the set is a pure display model for the shelf, but nevertheless, just like its predecessor, the build has been given some little features and functions. First of all, the head can be rotated 360° and just like the last model, R2-D2 can extend his middle leg. The model also has two tools, which can be operated with a button on the back and then extended on the front. The predecessor already had all these functions. In addition, the periscope can now be extended and a mini-build of Luke’s lightsaber can be hidden inside the head.
It’s not pictured on the front of the box, but the new LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 of course comes with a nameplate again, but it’s smaller than its predecessor’s and more like the plates from the “Like-UCS sets” released since 2017. Also included is a non-exclusive minifigure of R2-D2 standing on a printed 1 x 4 x 3 brick that features the 50th Anniversary Lucasfilm logo.
The set is now also already equipped with official images, which we of course want to pass on to you here.
Pictures of the set and box
To show us how the (un)finished LEGO R2-D2 looks like at home, LEGO, as always, treats us to a bunch of lifestyle images showing the set and its construction in the context of the average LEGO fans’ designer’s home. 😉
360° rotation in video
If you want to get an overview of the set from all sides, we have uploaded an official video of a 360° rotation of the LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2:
Official product description
Relive classic Star Wars moments as you build this exceptionally detailed R2-D2 LEGO droid figure. The brilliant new-for-May-2021 design is packed with authentic details, including a retractable mid-leg, rotating head, opening and extendable front hatches, a periscope that can be pulled up and turned, and Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hidden in a compartment in the head.
Build and display
This cool construction model comes with a buildable display stand, featuring an information plaque, R2-D2 LEGO droid figure and an exclusive Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick, to complete an awesome centerpiece for your home or workplace.
Part of a premium-quality collection of LEGO Star Wars building kits for adults, this set would make a wonderful gift for yourself, Star Wars fans and advanced LEGO builders.
- Build and display this fantastically detailed, new-for-May-2021, LEGO brick model of an iconic character from the Star Wars saga: R2-D2 (75308).
- Authentic features include a retractable mid-leg, rotating head, opening and extendable front hatches and adjustable periscope, plus a lightsaber hidden in a compartment in the head.
- Includes a buildable display stand with an information plaque, LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 LEGO droid figure and a special Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick.
- This premium-quality set is part of a series of collectible LEGO Star Wars build-to-display models.
- Offering a challenging and rewarding build, this 2,315-piece set makes an awesome birthday present, holiday gift or surprise treat for any Star Wars connoisseur and LEGO Star Wars lover.
- Measuring over 12.5 in. (31 cm) high, 7.5 in. (20 cm) wide and 6 in. (15 cm) deep, this collectible, brick-built R2-D2 model makes an impressive centerpiece in a home or workplace.
- Thinking of buying this set for a Star Wars memorabilia collector who is new to LEGO building? Don’t worry. It comes with clear instructions so they can tackle this complex build with confidence.
- Collectible LEGO Star Wars sets for adults are designed for discerning hobbyists who enjoy DIY projects to disconnect from their day-to-day lives in a mindful, creative and fun way.
- LEGO components meet rigorous industry standards to ensure compatibility and a simple, secure connection every time.
- LEGO bricks and pieces are tested in almost every way imaginable to make sure that they satisfy stringent global safety standards.
Comparison: LEGO 10225 vs. 75308
With a remake of an older and popular set, a comparison of the two sets is a natural choice. Without further ado, I borrowed the 2012 LEGO Star Wars 10225 R2-D2 from out team member Max to do a nice comparison of the two sets. Let’s first take a look at the concrete facts.
|Release||2012, 05||2021, 05|
(Width x Height)
|20 x 31 cm||20 x 31 cm|
First of all, it’s striking that the two sets are extremely similar. However, the new R2-D2 has also become US$20,- more expensive within the nine years of waiting, which corresponds to a price increase of about 11%. While the price per brick has remained almost identical here, as the new model includes a few more bricks, this is probably entirely due to the smaller-scale design and perhaps the new features. The price increase is still within reason in terms of the time gap between the two models, but it should not go unmentioned here.
Let’s take a look at the two models in direct comparison. We have built a small slider that allows you to compare the model from 2012 and the new model from 2021.
Here it can be seen that LEGO is using new parts in some places that did not exist in this form at the time. In addition, the head has been rounded off a bit in its construction, but even with LEGO’s current assortment of parts, no steps can be prevented there – but that’s what makes LEGO so charming. In some places, there were color adjustments or changes to smaller details to keep the LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 a little truer to the original film.
But again, on the whole, not that much has changed compared to the predecessor. Those who own the predecessor model and have no claim to completeness of their own collection will probably find few reasons to exchange the two models.
It is also interesting to see how the box has changed over the last 9 years. Judging by the pictures, the format has remained completely the same, but the style has been retreaded.
The “Like-UCS” sets
Not only does the R2-D2 have to be compared to its predecessor, but we also want to briefly place it here among the other kits, here times christened “Like-UCS” sets, each representing a brick-built figure of a Star Wars character and featuring a matching nameplate without actually being part of the Ultimate Collector Series.
The new R2-D2 is the first exclusive set in the series. While all the other sets have also been freely available at retailers since 2017 (or will be in the case of the Imperial Probe Droid), R2-D2 will remain exclusive with LEGO. If you take a look at the parts price of the previous sets (measured by MSRP), the LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 ranks in the midfield. For the sake of an overview, we have created a small table of the sets:
|Image||Set number||Name||Pieces||RRP||Price/Piece (¢)|
|75306||Imperial Probe Droid||683||$59.99||8.78|
Due to the lack of discounts (since it’s an exclusive), the R2-D2 will certainly be one of the more expensive sets in the series. And especially in direct comparison to the really cheap LEGO Star Wars 75255 Yoda, the double price of R2-D2 seems really steep.
Built-in functions and tools
Now let’s take a detailed look at the functions built into the LEGO 75308 R2-D2 and take a look at some screenshots of the respective functions from the movies.
First, the biggest feature: the extendable and retractable third leg. The fact that R2-D2 can extend and retract the middle leg is seen, among other things, in Episode IV, when Luke and Owen buy the droids from the Jawas.
The welder folds out over the vertical flap on the left side. This function is controlled via the back of the LEGO figure, as was the case with the predecessor. A Technic rod with a white 1×1 cone sticks out there, which, when pressed, unfolds the welder. In the movie, the welder can be seen, for example, in Episode V, when R2-D2 repairs C-3PO’s leg after escaping from Cloud City.
The most used function of R2-D2 is certainly the data port or scomp link, which of course can be unfolded again on the LEGO model. Also for this arm there is a Technic rod with white 1×1 cone on the back of the LEGO model, which allows it to fold out. In the movie, this can be seen several times in Episode IV, for example, when R2-D2 connects to the Death Star’s computer system to locate Princess Leia and later opens the door of the junk press.
One of the new features is the ability to hide Luke’s lightsaber in his head. The lightsaber is stored in a hidden compartment in the head on the left side of the figure. Seen in the movie in Episode VI when Luke is to be executed on behalf of Jabba the Hutt. R2-D2 shoots his lightsaber at Luke in a high arc, allowing him to fight his way free. Unfortunately, LEGO did not include a function to shoot the lightsaber in the model.
Another new feature is the periscope, which can be extended from the head on the right side. In the movie, this can be seen in Episode V, for example, when R2-D2 falls into the water from the swaying X-Wing on Dagobah and then uses the periscope to find his way around. In addition, (as with the 2012 model) the small blue arms can be manually folded out at “chest level”.
New parts, stickers and prints
As we do every time, with the new R2-D2 set, we want to introduce you to the new parts and take a quick trip through the prints and stickers. However, these trips will all be pretty short.
After all, new parts are hardly recognizable at first glance in the set. Only the tubes on R2-D2’s legs have never appeared in this color before.
But there are also very few stickers, actually only the nameplate is provided with a sticker. This puts the R2-D2 right up there with the other “Like-UCS sets”, whose nameplates are also all designed with stickers. But a new print is also included: The 1 x 4 x 3 brick built into the presentation stand for R2-D2’s minifigure is printed with the 50th anniversary Lucasfilm logo.
Our conclusion about the R2-D2 set
The LEGO Star Wars 75308 R2-D2 is certainly no great shakes and no insane surprise, but it is a solid re-release of a popular set from the Ultimate Collector Series of 2012, whose prices on the secondary market should certainly have scared off many interested buyers. The popular droid has been equipped with a few more features and also visually upgraded into the year 2021 with the new edition and will certainly find its fans.
The price for the set is relatively steep, even if the price per brick is more in a normal range here. At least in comparison with the LEGO 75255 Yoda, the R2-D2 is about twice as expensive at the same height, but also a bit bulkier. While the other sets in the series were available for discounted prices since their release, this is not to be expected with R2-D2.
However, the set will definitely end up in my personal collection for the May the 4th event starting soon, because I don’t own the previous model and have been toying with the idea of acquiring the set on the secondary market for years. Since I like the new edition better anyway, I get away with the LEGO 75308 R2-D2 much cheaper here.
What do you think about the LEGO R2-D2 re-release? Do you like the upcoming set, or do you rather not like it? Feel free to share your thoughts with the other readers in the comments!