FanHome – Star Wars R2-D2 Astromech Droid Subscription Box #8 Review

FanHome – Star Wars R2-D2 Astromech Droid Subscription Box #8 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.

Specifications:

  • 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 #8 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 27, 28, 29 and 30 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 27 focuses on the circuit board, including attaching it to the display screen. Make sure to put it in a safe place as the screen is fragile, and you will be continuing this build in a later step (not in this box).

Issue 28 focuses on the wheel mounting assembly, and you will be attaching the wheel to the mounting plate, using the parts that came with issue 26 as well as this issue.

In issue 29, you will be competing the projectile that will emit Luke Skywalker once it’s finished. In this step  you will be assembling the the projector using the parts in issue 27. Once completed, you can use the battery pack to test the projector.

Issue 30 you will be installing the motor and wiring to the leg, and also finishing the leg. There are a lot of steps in this one, and once the wires and motor are connected, you will be using screws to close the leg to complete assembly.

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.

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