SW fans via Yakface.com are up in arms about R2-D2. An image from their facebook page:
it's as simple as this...wait for the product in hand, as photos usually deceive, and then buy it or not based on your own desire. I have a feeling that if this were 1999 and the internet were as widespread as it is now, there would be 100 forums of complaints generated over pre-production images/final product images of the R2-D2 cup topper from KFC/TacoBell/Pizza Hut. How many variations of one character does one need in a lifetime to be happy? This one may not be the one for you, but this is SW and Hasbro we're dealing with: it's not going to be the last chance, folks.
the above is my civil response. here is my gut reaction:
You @##@@ nerds...You are everything that is wrong with Star Wars and a stumbling block to the progression of all geekdom
Anyone who DOESN'T realize that Hasbro touches up their sample images, and expects to get EXACTLY what they show us, hasn't been collecting figures from Hasbro for very long.
I remember they started this around the time of the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line, and when they took over Marvel Legends. The images they showed were always more shadowed, and looked more detailed. They were heavily touched up. This was especially true with ML, as many of the figures looked like they were nicely black-washed in the sample pictures, and then the actual figures looked really cartoony to me, with no shading. They still continue this practice today, and while it is misleading to some extent, I would think most collectors would be used to it by now.