May the Fourth might be over – and Star Wars Day along with it – but your ongoing love affair with the beloved sci-fi saga doesn’t have to end there. Yes, you’ve already celebrated the day with the premiere of The Bad Batch on Disney+ (a sequel to the animated Clone Wars series, for those not in the know), so here’s another way to declare your undying fealty to the decades-old universe, apart from a Death Star-themed watch?
How about a tribute to the droid that started off the whole saga in 1977: a humble droid carrying a distress message from Princess Leia to jedi knight Obi Wan Kenobi. Naturally, we’re talking about R2D2 – everyone’s favourite two-legged, waist-height robot that communicates only through beeps and bleeps.
Though tech firms aren’t yet at a level to recreate droids that come with jetpacks or able to repair X-wings in space (we think), Lego has just released a 2,314 piece set of said droid to commemorate Lucasfilm’s 50th birthday.
It’s purported to be the most feature-packed recreation of the droid from the Lego Group thus far – apart from recreating R2D2 in loving detail, you’re able to reenact iconic movie moments with the Lego-robot’s retractable middle leg, rotatable head and periscope. Of course, there’s also a hidden compartment, complete with lightsaber hilt (though it won’t be able to launch that across a sarlacc pit – that’s up to your imagination).
Creative Lead of Lego Star Wars at the Lego Group says, “As Lucasfilm celebrates their 50th anniversary, 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 final product will measure around 31cm tall, making it slightly less than a third of R2D2’s actual height in the silver screen. It also comes with an even smaller minifigure of the diminutive droid, along with a special Lego brick to mark Lucasfilm’s golden jubilee.
Other Star Wars related paraphernalia that have been released by the Lego Group include a series of iconic helmets, including stormtroopers, TIE fighters, Scout troopers (they’re the ones that ride the hovering scooters), as well as heavyweights like Boba Fett and the big man himself, Darth Vader.
For more, head to the Lego website.