ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2) With Pop-Up Lightsaber
Date Stamp: 1977
Release Date: 1985
Power of the Force
Assortment No. : 93720
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Point of Interest:
This figure debuted in the United States on The Power Of The Force card, and in Europe on the Tri-Logo card. It was never packaged on a Canadian card.
Comments: Inexplicably, Kenner opted to package Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) With Pop-Up Lightsaber on a card depicting the diminutive droid after he was shot on Endor instead of an image of him on Jabba The Hutt’s sail barge, where he was saving the day once again.
Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) With Pop-Up Lightsaber has an interesting International variation. The figure was produced in Brazil by Glasslite, the company holding the Star Wars license in that country. Most of their figures look very similar, at first glance, to the standard Kenner release, but not so for R2-D2. Unlike the chrome finish on the domestic figure’s dome, the Glasslite version featured a slightly dull silver finish. (Pictures to come.)
Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.
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