(Ok, till I figure it out you might have to click on "Read More" to go to the review proper and access the clip that's supposed to be right here--apologies!
P.s-please do it! Otherwise the rest of this intro won't make sense. Lol. :P)
And the next question for those who still haven't a clue who Johnny is: what the heck did you jst waste 4 mins of your life on?
Answer: That's the music video of the then cult hit movie "Short Circuit" starring Steve Guttenburg (of the Police Academy series fame) and Ally Sheedy (of St Elmo's Fire fame)
Ah, that brings back memories...and images of everything traumatically uncool about the 80s. Here's of list of all the things that would be considered simply wrong today, and all in just this one single music video:
1. El Debarge-the freaky singer with the pervy looking smile.
2. Debarge's eighties hair.
3. His pencil thin moustache.
4. His oversized pinstripe suit.
5. Freaky courtroom scene that would make no sense to those who've never watched the movie..
6. Cardboard cut out of Steve Guttenburg, in black and white nonetheless...
7. Freaky-looking female lawyer.
8. VHS & VHS player
9. Crazy jury...oh wait, these still exist today...
10. Unintelligible lyrics which wouldn't make sense even if you knew what they were.
11. Passing off of a robot hand for a hiding robot (Johnny 5) as a movie special effect.
12. Crazy voice modulation being passed off as singing...
13. Courtroom dancing
14. Exploding judges
15. Firemen who put out exploding judges (judges who are not on fire, but just charred and smoking)
16. That strange piece of lack carboard at the end...wth???
So what the hell has all that have to do with this review? Well, R2-D2 is a robot (ok a droid, but it's the same thing...right? :P) and this particular figure can, well, short circuit.
Yeah see, you didn't even have to read all the jibber-jabber up top to read this review on Star Wars Legacy Collection R2-D2 (with short circuit effect). But didn't watching the music video just make you feel like you could break the law and get away with it? It was wild, wasn't it? Yep, that's what we 80s kids used to do for fun...that and play with our toys, of course!
All right, no more vicarious law-breaking. On to the review!
Like: There have got to be dozens of R2-D2 figures out there but this one I had my eye on because of the short circuit effect! And seriously, I love it! Besides giving R2 chance to re-enact the scene where he was ambushed and sold by Jawas in A New Hope, the blue lightning will fit nice on other similarly round shaped object of the same size, for example, Juggernaut's head. I love accessories that I can switch around among my figures to get maximum effect. This is one that's surprisingly good!
Like: His metallic blue paint. It's a nice and shiny shade of blue and cleanly applied on his dome, legs, and neatly applied to lots of tiny details on his "torso."
Like: That he's white but has a very light wash bring out a dirty effect. It's especially apparent on his legs and back. He's been traveling through the deserts of Tatooine so he's dirt factor is just right. Overall the tooling of the sculpt is perfect--it's not too crammed with detail and has the right paint job to make it look movie accurate.
Like: His scanner action feature! Turn his head to the left or right 90 degrees and one of the pie sections on his dome will extend up for a "scanning" effect. To think that when I saw the grooves around the one section on his dome, I tried to pry it out with my exacto knife. I'd thought it was like the old school original R2 figure, which had Luke Skywalker's hidden ignited Lightsaber in it. Thankfully, I didn't do much damage, if any at all.
Like: His other accessory - his third leg! Now wouldn't it be neat if he could also retract his leg in addition to extending his scanner? It would be awesome, awesome but expensive for them to produce and for us to pay for. So they did they next best thing and gave him a plug-in third leg. It fits snugly at an angle in a slot under his body and has an extra wheel on it so that when you lay his two legs back, he can roll on 3 wheels. (His two legs have wheels on the bottom too. All 3 wheels are non-retractable). Sweet!
He rolls smoothly, though you have to align the legs just right. But that shouldn't be a problem at all. :)
Dislike: The one compartment in the front left side of his body that looks like it can be opened but actually can't. It's a trick of the sculpt and the dirt wash. This realistic effect is actually a good thing. So I guess it's just that the figure is deprived yet another cool feature.
Dislike: That he doesn't come with a ton of accessories like the Clone Wars Animated R2 does. I don't actually own that one but have seen it on the shelves--it's got panels on the front of the body that can open, a couple of rocket boosters, and some other wiring and arm thingies I think. And they're both priced the same at retail. What a blow for the OOTIC fans (Only-Original Trilogy-Is-Canon. up, I just made that up :P). This little guy should've and could've some with more stuff.
Dislike: The build a droid part. It's the right leg of BG-J38, this droid-ish looking dude (a bounty hunter?) Ok a quick search on Wookiepedia revealed that he "was Jabba's personal dejarik and hologames droid." I have really no idea why anyone would want to build Jabba the Hutt's personal DJ--unless their completiss or love the character so much (I don't see how...)
Really, Hasbro could use more popular guys for their Build-A-Whatevers. Jabba the Hutt himself, maybe? That would be cool. Or how about Build-A-Scene? Like the the Build-A-Bridge from the Star Trek line. I'd go for that. Imagine, Build-A-Speeder, or Build-A-Rebel Shield Generator, or Build-An-Imperial bunker...
Dislike: Artoo's "eye." It's made of a clear dark blue plastic as is the circle on the top of his dome. But strangely, even under intense light, the eye doesn't "light up." So either the light piping mechanism isn't working right or they never meant for it to work that way. Either way it's a missed opportunity--light piping is one of the coolest features for toys, especially the Transformers that have them. Pity it doesn't work quite so well here...
Aesthetics: 8.5/10 - It's a beautiful, movie accurate R2-D2 figure. Spot on colours, great application, excellent weathering, and a nice sculpt. The wires coming out of his "feet" and the restraining bolt (I think this might be a first on R2? Or at least a first in a long while) on his body are also very nice touches.
Poseability: 7/10 - Ok, I'm gonna cut him some slack here. He's an Astromech Droid and has a grand total of 5 points of articulation--he can't have any more. But he looks great posed leaned back with his third leg and or next to any other 3.75" scale Star Wars figures.
Fun: 8/10 - It's R2-D2! I remember growing up that most kids liked 2 things from the OT--Lightsabers and R2-D2. No one liked the prissy golden one and some liked blasters or even Ewoks. But everyone liked R2. Everyone still likes R2. George Lucas liked him so much he allowed the lil' droid to fly. Well, if all else fails he rolls... ;)
Value: 7/10 - Not the greatest, but not the worst. R2 is saved by his scanner action feature and the removable 3rd leg. Otherwise he'd just come with an electrical effect (made just for him) and a Buid-A-Droid part of a not much wanted character. Still, the idea of a BAF for 3.75 inch figures is a something Unique to Star Wars figures. Oh, and I did get him on clearance price of S$12.50 ($US8.90), that's about 33% off retail. :)