FanHome – Star Wars R2-D2 Astromech Droid Subscription Box #15 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 Star Wars Subscription Box #15 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 55, 56, 57 and 58 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.

Free Gift – Star Wars hat

Issue 55 focuses on placing the left wheel drive motor, which connects to the square socket at the center of the axle as shown in the video and in the instructions. The next step is putting the wires through the holes on the frame, and then you will be fitting the leg casings on the top and bottom of the leg, and screwing it into place. At the bottom of the leg, you will be placing the ankle fittings, and the parts on the sides of the ankles as shown. There is a lot of assembly in this issue, so make sure to take your time and read the instructions carefully.

Issue 56 focuses on placing on a dome panel, and screwing in the foot casing.

Issue 57 has you placing on another dome panel, and finishing the foot casing and screwing it in. You will also be completing the infrared sensor onto the bottom of the foot.

Issue 58 focuses on a dome panel, placing on the foot base and screwing it in. Make sure to hold onto the powerbus cable as that will be used in a future step.

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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