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 #6 for review.
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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 19, 20, 21 and 22 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 19 focuses on the right leg, including assembling the right leg components. In this step, you’re going to slide the details into the two slots as shown. For now, this is the only step you’re going to be doing for this part of the leg in this box.
Issue 20 focuses on the construction of the head frame, including placing the new frame piece onto the dome, and placing two nuts and screws to keep it into place. The other two parts, including the right sensor and right ankle mounting plate will not be used in this step.
Issue 21 will be working on the right leg, which is the other half that came with an earlier issue. In this step, you’re going to be placing the metal frame previously assembled, and placing it onto the leg. Then you’re going to be using 8 black screws to secure the metal frame onto the leg, then slide the ankle mounting plate (that came with issue 20) through the leg as shown, and then use 2 metal screws to screw the wheel mounting plate onto the end of the metal frame.
Issue 22 focuses on the assembling of the logic function displays, which you will be assembling the three parts including as shown, and using four black screws to assemble it. Next you’re going to be testing it, with the battery pack and the chip and attach the wires as shown. Make sure to place the wire connected to the battery pack to the socket marked POWER, and the new chip that is assembled here to the socket marked OUT, and press the buttons on the chip to test it. You should see it light-up.
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.