To celebrate Lucasfilm’s 50th Anniversary in 2021, LEGO Star Wars is taking the wraps off the long-anticipated Ultimate Collector Series-style droid with 75308 R2-D2. The large model of one of Star Wars’ most beloved characters stands 12.5 in tall (31cm) and uses 2,314 pieces. The set will include the large model of R2-D2, a UCS-style info placard, a minifigure-scale R2-D2, and a brick printed with the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary logo. It will retail for US $199.99 | CAN $269.99 | UK £179.99 when it’s available starting May 1, meaning it will be available just in time for this year’s May the Fourth Star Wars Day sales. R2-D2 will be an exclusive limited to LEGO stores and the LEGO website.
R2-D2 has several working functions, including a retractable middle leg for movement, a hidden compartment for Luke’s lightsaber, a rotating head, and several retracting tools, along with the periscope.
Here’s a closer look at the minifigure-scale R2-D2 and Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary brick that are included.
This set is the second time LEGO has released R2-D2 in this scale. The previous set, 10225 R2-D2, debuted in 2012, but now LEGO has completely overhauled it with an updated style that employs curved slopes for the signature dome instead of stacked plates.
Here’s the full official press release from LEGO and some additional images.
Billund, April 21, 2021: Today, the LEGO Group revealed a new product for the ultimate Star Wars™ fan collection: the LEGO® Star Wars™ R2-D2™ construction set, launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm.
The galaxy’s most lovable droid can now be recreated in stunning detail with this 2,314 piece set, the most feature-packed LEGO brick version of R2-D2 from the LEGO Group to date. Adult LEGO builders and Star Wars fans alike can recreate their favourite moments from the films as they craft R2-D2’s unique retractable mid-leg, rotating head and a periscope. The model also has hidden tools tucked away, such as a lightsaber hilt hidden in a secret compartment in the head.
This set is perfect for any hero looking for a fun and immersive building experience. When finished, the R2-D2 replica makes an impressive focal point when displayed with the set’s exclusive minifigure version of the iconic droid and a special Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick.
In 2021, Lucasfilm is celebrating half a century of storytelling with a range of commemorative, fan-favourite 50th anniversary Star Wars products, including this new LEGO® Star Wars™ R2-D2™ model. Commenting on the new set, Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, Creative Lead of LEGO Star Wars at the LEGO Group said: “We have had the pleasure of creating hundreds of Star Wars-inspired models over the past two decades since we first launched LEGO Star Wars sets. 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 set will be available exclusively from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores globally from 1st May 2021 priced from 199 EUR/USD, 179,99 GBP.
- Pieces: 2,314.
- Minifigure version of R2-D2™ and a special Lucasfilm 50thanniversary LEGO brick included in the set.
- Measurements: 12.5 in. (31 cm) high, 7.5 in. (20 cm) wide and 6 in. (15 cm) deep.
- Price: 199 EUR/USD – 179,99 GBP – 329.99 AUD – 269.99 CAD.