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Hasbro's creativity and new takes on previously released figures never stops. This R2-D2 action figure is based on R2's appearance in Return Of The Jedi - when he is hit by a Stormtrooper's laster blast in front of the Endor bunker. The figure is a repaint of the R2-D2 released during the Vintage Original Trilogy - but this time the droid has a dirtier paint application and the front panel is glued-on and not removable. The dome still makes the well known clicking sound when being turned - and the astromech's antenna moves in and out. All 3 legs have wheels - and the middle leg is removable so that R2-D2 can stand on two legs. The coolest part though - and the part that makes this R2-D2 release stand out from other releases is the removable lightning bolt accessory. The accessory has R2's tools molded in - so when attached to the droid - it looks like as if all of his front panels have opened. Overall - this is a nice figure - which when the lightning bolt accessory is attached - is well worth getting!
As the fighting between Rebels - Ewoks and stormtroopers surges around them - Han Solo and Princess Leia try to get inside the Imperial bunker that controls the shield generator. The second Death Star can’t be destroyed until Han and Leia shut down the generator that’s protecting it. R2-D2 starts to unlock the blast doors - but a stormtrooper’s well-aimed shot fries the droid’s circuits. All seems lost until Chewbacca arrives in an AT-AT walker he captured. Han uses the walker’s communications controls to trick Imperial officers into leaving the bunker. When the officers step outside - they are quickly surrounded by Rebels and Ewoks. Han can finally set thermal detonators to demolish the bunker and generator. There’s no turning back for Han Solo - the smuggler-turned-Rebel hero: his loyalty lies with the Rebels - and his heart belongs to Leia. Now - everything’s riding on his ability to destroy the generator – and Han isn’t about to let a squadron of stormtroopers get in his way. R2-D2 is always ready to aid his friends. The plucky astromech droid ignores blaster fire - focused totally on unlocking the bunker’s blast doors. He’s escaped trouble many times - but fate finally catches up with him - in the form of a stormtrooper’s lucky shot. Inside the bunker - Imperial officers receive a report that the Rebels are fleeing and help is needed to capture them. Relieved that the battle has turned in their favor - the officers quickly exit the bunker – and walk straight into a clever trap set by the Rebels. Some Rebel troopers on Endor disguise themselves in the uniforms of captured or fallen Imperial biker scouts. Their Imperial attire allows the Rebel troopers to infiltrate the enemy’s position and aid the Rebel forces trying to destroy the shield generator.