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The Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid is one of the coolest things toys to come out in recent years. Whether you fell in love with the little wharbling droid in the original trilogy, or you only know him from the new Star Wars trilogy, you will want to have this little droid in your house. And yes, this is the droid that you’re looking for.
So what can the Star Wars R2-D2 Interactice Astromech Droid do? Well, for a pint sized robot, it really comes with a lot options. To start with, the robot is over 15 inches tall, and can double as a beverage holder (though I’m questioning how safe that will be around kids). It comes with a utility arm, sensor scope, sound processor and a light beam. The manufacturer also claims that it has infared and sonar navigational technology, but we’re certainly not talking iRobot sophistication here.
But let’s face it – the biggest selling factor of this robot is the fun factor. And it delivers on that front, even if you are just a big kid like me. R2-D2 recognizes several names, and will react based on the name that you say. It also has some interesting reactions when you hit it on the head, and it can even convey moods to you through communication.
The R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid also comes with three modes – sentry, dance and travelling based on directions. He can respond to directions based on left and right, or you can set a direct course for him. And if that fails to impress, you need to ask yourself if you really should be owning a droid.
I have to admit that even with some of the amazing drones that I get to try out, this was the review that I really looked forward to. When it arrived in the mail, I opened the box and carefully removed it. A quick review of the parts, showed that it came with an operation manual, the droid body and few droid body parts.
It only took a few minutes to get it up and running (after I installed what seemed like 20 batteries into it). I played around with it for a bit, and while it is still impressive, the voice commands are nowhere near as precise as the company claims.
With that being said, after a bit of trial and error it could still follow some voice commands and it responded well to all of the physical inputs. It also is quite decent at path finding, though it does far better in open spaces, and it can get stuck in tight spaces.
The model itself is also very nice. The paint job is top notch, and it seems like it has very sturdy construction. I have a friend who owns one of these with small children, and they still haven’t managed to break it at this point (and not for lack of trying). It also is quite rugged in the house, and can move over carpeted areas and even some obstacles that would hang up lesser robots.
If you’re in the market for an astromech droid, the R2-D2 is the droid for you. Not only is he superior to a cowardly protocol droid any day, but he also is a lot of fun. I would say that this robot is definitely worth the money for collectors or those with young children.