Review: Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars R5-D4 Sixth-Scale Figure

Sideshow Collectibles R5-D4Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars R5-D4 sixth-scale figure has started shipping and we took some photos of our newest arrival to help you decide if Red is for you.

If you own Sideshow’s sixth-scale R2-D2 figure, you know what you’re getting with their R5-D4 figure. R5-D4 has pivoting legs with hinged ankles and a spring-released third leg, which also has a hinged ankle. Sideshow tightened up the ankle joints on R5 and they’re nowhere near as loose as they are on their R2-D2 meaning the figure poses a lot more sturdily. Like Artoo, R5 has opening body panels, but not all of the panels that opened on Artoo open on R5. I was able to open four panels on R5, though the product description lists three as being functional. I’m not sure if there’s a misprint on the product description or this is a case of me prying open a panel that shouldn’t have been opened.

The biggest difference between Sideshow’s R2-D2 and R5-D4 are the droids’ dome shapes. R2-D2’s ovular dome has been replaced with the more square-shaped dome seen on R5. While R2-D2’s dome was loaded with compartments for his numerous gadgets, R5-D4’s dome isn’t as functional. R5 has a slot in his dome for an included friction fitting antenna, as well as a spring-activated bad motivator that fires when you pull the center photo receptor (eye) at the front of the dome.

“Unlce Owen… This R2 unit has a bad motivator. Look!”

The bad motivator feature works well and having it so cleverly hidden is a nice touch. One other unique attribute of R5’s dome that Sideshow deserves kudos for is their take on the ring of brushed metal inset between the dome and body as the material Sideshow used to match the movie prop gives it a screen accurate appearance.

I mentioned R5’s friction fitting antenna that plugs into the dome, well R5 actually includes two antennas just in case one breaks because they’re fragile. Two magnetic restraining bolts are also included and the bolts can be attached to panels at the front of the droid’s body. The restraining bolts are almost identical to the pair included with Sideshow’s C-3PO, with some minor paint differences. The great thing about the restraining bolts is that they’re more screen-accurate (to the droid sale scene) than the restraining bolt included with Sideshow’s R2-D2 so the extra bolt is a welcome bonus that can be fitted on your Sideshow R2.

So now we’re at the bantha in the room, the weathering and paint applications. If you compare the paint applications on the R5-D4 prototype versus those on the production R5-D4 figure, you’ll notice a pretty significant difference in the weathering. While I think the paint applications on the prototype are phenomenal, those on the production piece are just as solid and pass with flying colors. There really isn’t anything worth debating here, but it would be nice it Sideshow was able to more closely match their production pieces to their prototypes, especially for figures that require a pre-order deposit.

All-in-all, I’m really happy with Sideshow’s R5-D4 figure. R5 looks great alongside Sideshow’s C-3PO and R2-D2 figures, as well as Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece Star Wars figures, and I can’t wait for the release of Sideshow’s Jawas to add more characters from one of my favorite scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars R5-D4 sixth-scale figure is shipping now and can be purchased directly from Sideshow Collectibles.

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