Every year, Star Wars fans get together on 4 May to celebrate their shared love for the sci-fi series, and it’s a tradition that continues to bring forth various offerings from partner brands. LEGO has been part of Star Wars Day for a long time, so it’s only expected that a huge surprise will be in store for this year’s edition, which happens to be Lucasfilm’s 50-year anniversary.
As it turns out, the anticipated LEGO Star Wars set was leaked ahead of time, with word on the grapevine revealing glimpses of a model believed to be the LEGO 75308 R2-D2. Now, the Danish company has unveiled this new R2-D2 build in official capacity, thus lending accuracy to the rumour.
Slated for release on 1 May 2021, the 2,315-piece set will come with interactive parts that include a retractable mid-leg, rotating head, and moving main legs. A hidden compartment for Luke’s lightsaber has also been added, alongside an adjustable periscope and extendable front hatches.
The astromech droid model will additionally carry a special information plaque and a matching mini-figure – much like most of the build-to-display Star Wars LEGO collections – but with a bonus treat this time. Fans can look forward to a bonus custom Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick as well, which is meant to be placed alongside the R2-D2 mini-figure.
While this isn’t LEGO’s first R2-D2 model, it’s the first time a LEGO R2-D2 of such a scale is equipped with these particular features and details. Those who are eager to get their hands on The LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 (75308) can drop by the official website or physical LEGO Stores and seal the purchase with a S$299 spending.