FanHome – Star Wars R2-D2 Astromech Droid Subscription Box #5 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 #5 for review.

Availability: Subscription going on now!

The shipment comes in a standard subscription shipping box, with the FanHome logo on the front. Inside this box, are four magazines and four bags to build R2-D2. Throughout the subscription, they will send along some freebies such as these posters.

Issues 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the magazines are included, each with different information about R2-D2 and the brand, including information about the franchise, including 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.

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 15 focuses on continuing the build for the head frame, and you’re going to be assembling the centre ring, using both new and existing parts that came with previous magazines, and then attaching it to the bottom of the frame. Check out the video for a better look at the placement of the ring onto the frame.

Issue 16 focuses on the construction of a new row of the head frame. You’re going to be using the screws and nuts to attach it. Make sure to pay close attention as it goes in a certain spot as shown in the instructions.

Issue 17 includes a new dome frame to assemble, and the wiring included will not be used in this step or in issue 18. But do hold onto it for now as you’re going to be needing it later.

Issue 18 includes two new parts of the head frame, along with the assembly of the microphone. All parts to build the microphone are included in the polybag and plastic tray, and for assembly you’re going to be pushing the wiring through the mounting plate, and placing the clear lens and then the projector over it to compete the assembly. Finally, place two small black screws at the end to keep everything closed as shown in the instructions.

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.




Issue 15:

Issue 16:

Issue 17:

Issue 18: