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Review: 10225 R2-D2

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Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby Staff » Sat May 19, 2012 10:47 pm

10225 R2-D2

It’s been a long time since the LEGO Star Wars line last saw a sculptural set. It was 2002 when 7194 Yoda was new on store shelves. Yoda, along with 10018 Darth Maul, must’ve not been hits since nothing followed, unless you count 10186 General Grievous. I don’t, since it’s a fundamentally different type of set, more closely related to the Star Wars Technic figures. So, if it’s been so many years since Yoda, was the [non-existent] wait for 10225 R2-D2 worth the it?
10225 Box Front10225 Box Back

Up until rumors of an Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2, I figured there wouldn’t be any more sculptural sets. Depending on your point of view, there isn’t much in Star Wars that lends itself to a LEGO sculpture product, or there is. Technically, if you can think of it, you can sculpt it as many successfully have. Helmets, weapons, people, droids, planets, you get the picture. Whether or not it can be sold to and purchased by the masses is a whole different bantha. I can see a LEGO-sculpted Darth Vader or Boba Fett helmet being a minor hit, but beyond that, what are people willing to buy? What makes R2-D2 interesting and potentially worth owning is: he does stuff.
10225 R2-D2 and 7194 Yoda10225 and 7194

He isn’t like Yoda whose only two functions are a spinning head and articulated eyes that can be put into creepy positions. R2 has the potential to be a dynamic and interactive sculpture. On-screen he’s shown packed to the brim with gadgets. It’s expected, if not demanded for a LEGO R2 to do the same, to the extent allowable in brick form. People want to play with R2, they want to recreate his on-screen activities. LEGO tried to capture that, but they only went so far.
10225 Everything Open

If you’ve watched the LEGO designer video on YouTube or the LEGO website, then you’ve seen everything this set can do. There are no surprises.
10225 Dome Face

10225 Dome Side10225 Dome Back 110225 Dome Back 210225 Under the Dome

His dome spins and it’s spins quite well. That’s all his dome does. There are no other functions here and that’s disappointing. I would’ve liked to see either his periscope eye or lightsaber launcher. The way his interior is designed with the third leg function makes adding these features difficult, but not impossible. I look forward to seeing modifications of this set from MOCers with more talent than myself. This set begs to be modified, given what’s not here.
10225 All Doors Open10225 Flaps Open10225 Saw Arm10225 Saw Arm Extended10225 Interface Arm10225 Interface Arm Extended

Below the dome, there are four opening flaps. Two hide tools, a computer interface arm and a saw blade, and the other two are non-specific. These two, under the dark blue flaps, are supposed to be a “fine manipulator arm” and a “spacecraft linkage and control arm,” according the internet sources. There are no other functions. It’s hard to say whether or not LEGO R2’s designers could have packed a couple more functions in here. I want to say yes, but at what cost?
10225 Function Controls

The interface arm and saw blade are controlled from the back. After you open the front flaps, you twist the Technic axle connectors. It works effectively and the tools hold firmly in place.
10225 R2-D2 Back10225 Leg Lowered10225 Third Leg Detail

The last function is the drop-down third leg. My experience with this third leg has been mixed at best. You lower the lever on R2’s back and pull the leg down. It doesn’t freely drop. I don’t know if this is just an issue with my R2, maybe too much tension in the mechanism, or what. I’ve played around with the gears, but without much success. This possible issue is listed as a “con” at the end of the review, however I’d like to hear about others’ experiences with this mechanism and learn if my incompetence is getting in the way of a smooth-functioning third leg. Yeah, I know exactly where your mind just went.
10225 Snag Point

Maneuvering R2 into his three-wheeled position can be a pain. You must lift his body so his main feet drop about a centimeter, and then pull the legs back. Nearly every time I do this, his “fuel cells,” the white boxes attached to each foot, get caught on the body and do not go back correctly. I don’t think there would be much of an issue if the legs attached to the body with some tension or grip. Their connection point higher up on the body is loose. The legs dangle when you lift up R2 (note: there is no stability issue when R2 is resting on any level surface). It’s not overly frustrating, but once you pick a position for display, you’re going to want to keep it there for a while.
10225 Side Details

Outside of these few functions, R2’s packed with considerable detail. Most of it looks fantastic with a capital T, despite the blockiness. Other details, not so much. The accuracy of the details may not be everything fans hoped for, but most of the defining features are present. Not all of it is scaled correctly, but it’s close enough to look “right.”
10225 Top of the Dome

Those details from the “not so much” category include the blue paneling on the dome. The designers opted for four blue panels rather than six. It’s another one of those cases I can only speculate as to the reason for this choice, along with the inclusion of regular blue pieces interspersed in the dark blue. I guess since we weren’t there during the design process, we’re stuck not knowing.
10225 R2-D2 Front

Another detail, one I consider a major aesthetic issue of the set, is the oddity of the main cylinder’s design. Overall, the shape is ok, but if you look at it from head on, you’ll notice it’s too narrow. From two plates beneath the dome to the bottom of the central cylinder one stud of width on either side is missing. My assumption is the designers did this to keep the gap between the legs and the cylinder at a minimum, as they are on the character prop.
10225 Under R210225 Underfoot Detail

Also missing from the set are wheels, or treads. Initially, this irritated me. What good is an R2-D2 who can’t roll around? He’s not. But, this isn’t really R2-D2. It’s a sculpture, a display piece. What good is a display pieces that is liable to roll away? It’s not. At this point, I’m not as irritated as I was before I built this set. I’d take wheels over the boat skids, but I understand why there not included. For those who must have wheels, however, the feet are designed in such a way a crafty builder could add wheels without difficulty. Now, if you’re considering adding Power Functions, then you’ll have a real challenge on your hands (and a challenge I’d like to see someone take up. Go, go, go!).
10225 Leg Lowered Side

In fact, I’d say most minor modifications people choose to make can be made without much difficulty. The interior structure and third leg mechanism do present a problem, but depending on what you choose to add, a periscope sensor, a grip arm, wheels, booster jets (sigh), or more blue paneling, they’re all relatively feasible.
10225 Plaque10225 Plaque Back

Here’s the obligatory UCS plaque. It’s simply constructed, but very effective. And an R2-D2 minifigure. It’s not necessary, but it’s there and I expect all future Star Wars UCS sculptures to include a minifigure. Because, hey, why not?

One last note before the wrap up: two sets I recently reviewed (The Avenger’s Quinjet and the Mines of Moria) included the new brick separator, yet this set did not. I noticed in the two previous sets, the brick separator was included in the parts inventory at the back of the instruction manuals. In 10225, the brick separator is not in the inventory, but it pictured in the instructions as part of “bag 1.” It may have been mistakenly left out, but it’s not clear. If your R2-D2 doesn’t come with an brick separator (it’s inclusion makes total sense in this set), I suggest contacting LEGO Customer Service and requesting one.


+Simple, organized build. The box says 16+, but younger kids shouldn’t have a problem putting this set together.
+Packed with recognizable astromech details.
+The tools that are here work well and, again, are recognizable to even the casual fan.
+Excellent display piece. Clear out some shelf space in a prominent location and place R2 front and center.
+At $180 (and 8 cents per part) is a great value for a licensed set.
+Beep boop deet doot.

-Dropping the third leg may give some people trouble.
-Transforming from two to three legs can also be a challenge.
-A few major details are left out, such as treads and a periscope.
-Curious color choices (regular blue) scattered amongst the dark blue.

Even with it's exclusions, 10225 R2-D2 is a strong entry into the UCS sculpture line, and the UCS in general. If you’ve got the space to display this little guy, go for it. It’s nice to have a LEGO Star Wars set that isn’t a starship every once in a while, even if that a while is 10 years. It was worth the wait, if you were waiting.
10225 Comparison

10225 Mid-section Detail10225 Tools Out10225 Lower Section Detail10225 Colorful Guts10225 Leg Detail10225 The Unchromed Dome10225 R2-D2 Side10225 Domeless10225 New Hat, I Have

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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby manfromporlock » Sat May 19, 2012 11:04 pm

While I understand some of the complaints, I think some of it is wishful thinking. In the end, I think the designers did a hell of a job in creating a great set that is a marketable, mostly accurate, and a playable model. Moreover, I think they even thought ahead for most of these things. As you pointed out, there's practically room already built-in to make modifications like adding wheels or switching things up within the dome.

I bought it right away on May the 4th and built it that night after I got off work to take in the next day. It's sat on my desk ever since and everyone loves it. It has the opening doors with extending tools, the head goes the full 360 without any difficulty or reset needed, it noiselessly glides about the desk and stays in place when I need it to just sit there and look awesome. Most importantly: it's a set that I can take in to work and leave there because it isn't spread out all over the place, it isn't overly distracting, and it looks enough like a sculpture that it's not totally out-of-place (to use another recent review as an example: can anyone imagine setting up Mines of Moria on your desk? No and for pretty much all of these reasons.).

I love this set a lot and plan to have it sitting on there at work with me for a long time to come. Though I am thinking about one modification: making a Dagobah-style periscope for him so that he can see over my CPU as he sits between it and my monitor.
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby lab043 » Sun May 20, 2012 9:41 am

Nice Review. The finished set looks a lot better than I expected and my 8-year old had a lot of fun building it (he did have a little trouble with the dome) over a couple of days.

I was a little surprised this set didn't include a light or sound brick, but I'm sure we'll see some cool modifications of this set in the next few months.
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby chawan_cut » Sun May 20, 2012 5:15 pm

Cool idea manfromporlock. I wonder if you could actually put a mini-webcam or some style of remote camera in the periscope and have it linked to your desktop pc.
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby Brainslugged » Sun May 20, 2012 6:13 pm

My R2's middle leg doesn't go down too smoothly either, but I don't really see that as a problem. Trying to get him set up in the three leg position is always a real hassle though. Last time I did it R2's head fell off and smashed on the floor, so the poor little thing's been headless ever since. So as a word of warning to others - careful not to tip him up as his head isn't really attached, just slotted onto a vertical axle.

And I too am planning to take mine into work (as soon as I fix him up again).
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby Inzane » Sun May 20, 2012 6:53 pm

I don't understand the inclusion of the minifig.

I could sorta buy into it for the UCS Falcon and Imperial Shuttle, since they were basically built to-scale with the minifig. It made less sense to include them with the SSD (I'm still scratching my head over that one).

But it makes absolutely no sense at all to include minifigs with sculptures. :facepalm:
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby mcs4616 » Sun May 20, 2012 7:21 pm

When I read the reviews for the UCS Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter it seemed that a pretty common complaint was that it didn't come with an Obi-Wan Mini-Fig, even though he would look absolutely rediculious sitting in the cockpit at that scale. I'm guessing that Lego decided to include the R2-D2 figure in this set as a responce to that complaint.
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby MrCRskater » Mon May 21, 2012 9:48 am

My R2 had the same issue with the drop-down leg. Glad to know it wasn't just me! I had hoped that converting him to the 3-legged "driving" position would be a smooth operation, but if this model is considered more of a sculpture, then I'm willing to let that go. Like cas (and everyone else) said, there's also plenty of room for modding. It would be fairly easy to make some cosmetic upgrades, and the sky's the limit on functionality (especially if you're willing to trade-off some of the included functions). Rolling wheels would be surprisingly easy to integrate - my guess is that LEGO stayed away from this because of the weight of the model. He's hefty!
Inzane wrote:I don't understand the inclusion of the minifig.:facepalm:

Motion seconded.
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby Inzane » Mon May 21, 2012 9:47 pm

mcs4616 wrote:When I read the reviews for the UCS Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter it seemed that a pretty common complaint was that it didn't come with an Obi-Wan Mini-Fig

:facepalm: Who are these people??
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby dWhisper » Tue May 22, 2012 8:15 am

Inzane wrote:
mcs4616 wrote:When I read the reviews for the UCS Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter it seemed that a pretty common complaint was that it didn't come with an Obi-Wan Mini-Fig

:facepalm: Who are these people??

I normally hate the facepalm smily, but in this case, I wish we had a facepalm-someone-else to direct at them. Seriously, minifigs, while cool, are responsible for some of the biggest issues with LEGO right now.
If the above post didn't offend you, you're probably reading it wrong.
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby theone » Tue May 22, 2012 9:14 am

Seriously, minifigs, while cool, are responsible for some of the biggest issues with LEGO right now.

i second that motion
also i hate this set it look nothing like r2
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby Inzane » Tue May 22, 2012 11:26 am

dWhisper wrote:but in this case, I wish we had a facepalm-someone-else to direct at them.

I'm not sure I get your meaning. Are you saying you want to give me a smack?
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Re: Review: 10225 R2-D2

Postby dWhisper » Tue May 22, 2012 6:50 pm

Nope. Saying I want to find the people that want more minifigs in sets and smack them.
If the above post didn't offend you, you're probably reading it wrong.
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