FanHome – Star Wars R2-D2 Astromech Droid Subscription Box #3 Review


FanHome is offering a subscription service for their Star Wars R2-D2 Astromech Droid that features LED lights, interactive intelligence, multiple modes and functions. When completed, R2-D2 is half size, made of high-end parts and material. R2-D2 also has his own app that you can download, which activates the interactive features.

Each box includes new magazines and parts used to build R2-D2, and through the subscription you will receive free gifts as featured in a poster from box #1. The subscription starts at the introductory price of $1.00 for the first magazine and parts, and $7 for the second magazine and parts. Head on over to FanHome for all the details.



  • Rotating metal dome with built-in camera.
  • Two modes of operation: user-directed through an app or ‘AI’ mode with independent movement.
  • Includes speakers and microphones so it can respond to verbal orders and communicate using chirps, whistles and even lights.
  • Camera capable of capturing and storing photos and videos.
  • Projector that can emit messages featuring Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.
  • Capable of moving and turning like the real droid, with a third support leg for stability.
  • Extendable and foldable arms
  • Hidden spring-activated lightsaber inside the body and sensors to avoid obstacles.
  • Model requires rechargeable batteries (not included)

Thank you to FanHome for providing their Street Fighter Subscription Box #3 for review.

Availability: 2021

The shipment comes in a standard subscription shipping box, with the FanHome logo on the front. Inside this box, which is larger than first two, includes some free posters that you can check out in the gallery. Throughout the subscription, they will send along some freebies such as these posters.

Issues 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the magazines are included, each with different information about R2-D2 and the brand, including information about robotics and how they got these droids to work in the films. The last few pages of each magazine are detailed instructions about the assembly of each of the parts, including the LED lights, additional parts of the right leg, and more.

A more detailed look at the assemble of each part of featured in the video above, including a look at the articles inside the magazines.

Issue 7 focuses on R2-D2’s head that continues where issue 5 left off. This includes the continued use of the previously offered nuts and screws that came with a previous box. You will be adding two more pieces around the frame, and continue this step in issue 8. You will also be assembling parts of R2-D2’s right ankle fitting and includes three parts that you place together and insert a screw inside to hold it together.

Issue 8 continues the head frame that you worked in on issue 7, and includes the use of nuts and screws, which are all tiny and included. The next step focuses on half of the top ring, which connects with a small metal piece at the center, and then screw it together. The final step is to assemble R2-D2’s right ankle fitting, and then place it on the right ankle plate (that was included previously), and screw it together.

Issue 9 continues the head chassis, and you will be finishing the metal ring, and then connecting the finishing the framework, and connecting both the metal ring and the frame together. Once connected, you’ll be using the nuts and screws to finish assembly. The next stop you are connecting parts of R2’s rear holographic projector, which is four pieces that are put together, and include two small black screws to hold it into place.

Issue 10 completes the box, and you will be putting a new frame on the circular dome-shaped frame, and placing two nuts and screws into it. The second step you will be assembling the lens, which uses previously offered and new parts inside this box. For now, you will be assembling the lens, and placing it on the frame later on.

Each issue also has different articles that we’ve given you a glimpse of in the video, but for a full read you’ll have to subscribe and start building R2-D2 yourself.

Overall, FanHome has done a fantastic job on these with the overall quality, attention to detail and overall fun of assembly. The articles are well done, informative, and includes tons of information that the core Star Wars fanbase will surely want to read. Subscriptions are available now, so make sure to get in on this and build your Astromech droid. My recommendation would be to subscribe, especially if you are looking to build something fun.




Posters that are included as free gifts (the first image is a folder containing the three posters):

Issue 7:

Issue 8:

Issue 9:

Issue 10: