May the 4th is just around the corner.
If you have someone special in your life, something from the Star Wars franchise Ultimate Collectors’ Edition may be a great gift.
As even non-fans know, R2-D2 is one of the most recognizable characters in the series. This makes it truly deserving of a place as a legitimate collectors’ item.
R2-D2 is a very sophisticated droid, able to read entire networks and even hold arms and apparatus not visible to the naked eye.
And what about that beautiful balance of white, blue, and silver? Pretty great, right?
I guess that goes without saying.
But does the Lego R2-D2 do justice to the iconic character? Find everything you want to know about this Lego Star Wars set right here.
What’s in the box LEGO Star Wars 10225 R2-D2?
Theme: Star Wars
Size: 12.5 in. by 7.75 in.
Year Released: 2012
Original Release Price: $179.99
Check Price: $335
Number of Brick Pieces: 2127
Number of Minifigures: 1
Special Inclusion: Description Plaque
Let’s start with the basics first.
Before you get to boast the amazing Lego R2-D2 to fellow Star Wars fans, you’d need to put the 2127 brick pieces together.
Pretty hard, right? Even the guys here at Lego knows it’s a little more complicated to complete compared to other sets.
In fact, they’ve set the recommended age at a whopping 16 years old. They rarely do that. Even the sets most people consider difficult are around 10 to 14.
They try to make it easier for you though.
The bricks don’t come in one big bag of frustration. Instead, they divided the pieces into 15 numbered bags. There are also three instruction booklets so you’re guided all the way.
But here’s an unexpected perk. Consider this Lego Star Wars packaging as a R2-D2-ception. Inside it, you’ll find two of them!
And one’s so much bigger than the other, so that count’s right?
Speaking of big, this Lego R2-D2 stands at an impressive 12.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide. It features two fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms.
Plus, when needed, you can even open the front panels to access the universal computer interface arm and circular saw.
Rotate its head as it does in the movies because you got that as well.
And don’t forget that third retractable leg! It can’t be complete without that.
Having all these features, I’m sure you want to brag about this to everyone you know. Why not? You earned it.
Perhaps out of envy or sheer cynicism, they won’t believe you. Trust me, that happens. There are too many fake Lego sets out there.
But they’d know this one is authentic because it includes a description plaque. No one could ever undermine your exuberating awesomeness now.
How much is it?
As always, the answer is it depends on WHEN you bought it. It’s not immune from the market’s response, so how did this fare?
First released in 2012, the Lego R2-D2 retailed for only $179.99.
Why do I say only? Yes, that’s a lot of dough, but you’d need a lot more if you were to purchase one today.
Okay, it didn’t exactly become obscenely expensive after a few years. Still, its average selling price today is a substantial $335.
Even if this Lego Star Wars set is used and opened, it can still sell for at least $250. Imagine that, even after you got tired of it, you can get a healthy profit.
Personally, I think the recent release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi had an effect on the demand. With the nearing Star Wars day, I don’t expect its value to go down any time soon.
So, sorry guys. You’d have to deepen your pockets or fatten your old piggy bank for this one.
The Good and the Bad
- Challenging build. I’d love that it’s a challenge because it’s complicated and elaborate, and not because of issues with the bricks or the instructions. This Lego R2-D2 is great for experienced Lego enthusiasts.
- Detailed design. Only if you can enlarge it to 1.09 meters, it would be the real thing. Aside from its amazing colors, all its details were captured wonderfully, from its form to its features.
- Packed with features. It looks and to some extent, moves like the real thing. Throw in the robotic voice, and you’d be scratching your eyes to see if this Lego Star Wars set was taken directly from your screen.
- Great displayability. Being an Ultimate Collectors’ Edition set, it’s never meant to be played all the time. Having highly posable parts makes it great for display. It can be like having a different one every day.
- High return value. Let’s say you got tired of your R2-D2. What now? Instead of selling it for almost nothing on a yard sale, you can sell it only to get your initial investment plus some extra cash.
- Numerous day-to-day pieces. Once R2-D2 loses its charm, you can always use the numerous small plates and bricks here to build something grand.
- Has one Minifigure. Do I really have to explain why having a mini figure in a Lego Star Wars set (or any other set, for that matter) is good? Minifigures are great! Period.
- Little number of unique pieces. With Ultimate Collectors’ Edition, I always expect something a lot of rare pieces. But I have to admit, sometimes I feel it’s unfair to judge the set according to the pieces. I hate common pseudo-intellectual quotes, but the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.
- Unproportioned and narrow body. The only reason this almost goes unnoticed because of the Lego R2-D2’s spectacular details.
- Ununique minifigure. If it were an ordinary Lego Star Wars set, this would not be an issue. For something that costs a lot, I wish the minifigure is not exactly the same as in the other 2012 sets.
- Cheap-looking plaque. It’s literally just a sticker (that you have to put yourself, by the way) on plastic. The colors used are unappealing, especially when beside a great R2-D2 miniature.
The Lego R2-D2 Building Experience
Usually, I state both the good and bad experiences in the building process. But what would I put on the negative when everything was so swell?
Having separated bags depending on when I’d need particular pieces allowed me to focus on building alone. Sure, you’d still need to look for the pieces, but isn’t as hard now.
Also, the Lego R2-D2 is built from the base and up. It was pretty lovely watching this masterpiece unfold as I continue to stack bricks, one on top of the other.
Before I start, I knew what I’m going to build. Still, there was much excitement as I work on it. Like, what part am I building now?
Because it’s wonderfully detailed, it’s nearly impossible to tell which is which until you complete it. The guys here at Lego don’t label them or anything. Thus, everything’s a surprise!
There are colorful brick pieces that I simply adore. Particularly in this Lego Star Wars set, those also help in completing the model.
Having different colors minimizes the doubt that you’re making mistakes. They stand out from the dominant white color, so they really pop out.
As you know, my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be. Having this advantage is a big help. I can concentrate on the challenge rather than on making sure I’m using the right bricks.
What I love most about my building experience is the steps are not repetitive at all. With more than two thousand pieces, it can become bland if the steps are repetitive.
I actually got to use the instructions booklet instead of going “Oh. This is how I do it” then repeating that same thing for a million times.
Of course, all these would be impossible without clear and direct instructions. So, kudos to Lego for that.
The Lego R2-D2 is nothing short of spectacular, from the build to the completed model. For me, the whole experience is rewarding.
I’d even go out on a limb to say that this is by far my favorite Lego Star Wars set because of how well everything turned out.
The Lego R2-D2 isn’t something you don’t want to miss.
It’s incredibly detailed, structurally sound, and a great display.
Yes, I know. If you were to buy it today, it can come off as a little too pricey. But I’ll tell you, it’s worth every penny.
The challenge in making this one is almost unmatched by anything else from the Lego Star Wars collection.
I totally recommend this to builders who truly appreciate the building experience and not just after the finished product.
It’s a must-have for everyone interested in Lego, from newbie collectors to Lego hoarders.
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Fellow Star Wars fans, may the force be with you.
As if I haven’t mentioned this enough, Marc Co has been super great to me. He trusts me with his most prized possessions, including the iconic and sought-after Lego Star Wars R2-D2.