Unfortunately I missed the video the first time around, so when I first saw the composite pic posted here, I wasn't that impressed, but now that I've seen the video (thanks for posting the new links!) and have an idea of scale in reference to a person, it looks great for its size. At first I thought the angle of Artoo's main legs looked a ways off when he was resting on all three, but I referenced it and it's actually pretty close. I think they made the right choices on features, given that they probably can't feasibly include them all at the price-point they wanted to hit.
Can't wait to see all the mod's for him like a light brick in his optical sensor, sail barge version with serving tray, rocket legs, etc. Plus all the different versions of multicolored and later model astromechs we're sure to see in the future. This is a definite want
for me, and for around $150 *crosses fingers* would be a no-brainer, maybe even $175, but too much over that and I'll have to hold out for a while.
That price-point seems feasible, given that sparkart
's 1/5th scale Artoo
(which looks fantastic and, I whole-heartedly agree, should also be made into an official set at some point) came in at around 900 pieces, with the base. Given those numbers, I would guess this version at 1/4th scale to land somewhere in the neighborhood of 1100-1500 pieces, but even with those numbers, the LEGO group could easily mark this up to $200 and sell a hefty quantity.
Now the waiting begins!