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It's been awhile since my last review on here, but the holiday season has encroached upon us at Toys-R-Us like a demon from Hell. I've been practically living at work these past couple of weeks. But that's neither here nor there...

 

What can I say, I'm a sucker for astromechs. When we got Wave 8 in this week, I immediately grabbed up this very cool Imperial R5 unit: R5-J2.

 

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R5-J2 is a simple repaint of R5-D4, but very cool nonetheless. Nothing was done to replace the "blown motivator" gimmick that is present on R5-D4, so this may indicate that all R5 series astromechs share this common production problem, along with loose bearings, overheating, and a litany of other customer complaints. As with R5-D4, R5-J2 also includes the removable "cellphone antenna" that fits into a socket on top of the droid's flowerpot-shaped dome.

 

What really sets this droid apart from its Tatooine breathren is the color scheme. R5-J2 is decked out in a brand-spanking-showroom-new black paint job that just screams "Vaderesque." I guess it really is true...dress anything up in black and it automatically takes on a much more sinister appearance. A muted dark tan is used on various panels to give it some accents, as well as very crisp silver pinstriping that seems to be a trademark of Imperial droid paint schemes. The usual "weathering" wash was not added to this figure, to represent the ultraclean, nearly sterile environment that most Imperial installations have.

 

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As with the previous R5 unit, accessories are next to nill.

 

R5-J2 includes:

 

*Removable antenna

*Removable third leg

*Display Base

 

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Overall, this droid represents a very nice (and much-needed) addition to the Imperial droid pool. Ironically, many of the collectors who turned their collective noses up at R5-D4 have been buying up R5-J2 in multiples. If you can find him, and aren't opposed to the idea that its just a repaint, snap him up. You won't be disappointed if you do.

 

Here he is on duty with an RA-7 Protocol Droid under the direct command of General Tagge:

 

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And here we see him carousing with R2-T6:

 

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And of course here is a clear case of droid envy on R5-D4's part:

 

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Finally found one of these. I only had money for on figure because I was so broke and it came down to R5-J2, Kit Fisto or Holo Cody. I ended up going for R5-J2.

 

I like your story about R5 units being known for bad motivators. I'm sure it's just a case of Hasbro not feeling like removing that feature, but still a cool idea. :)

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Apparentlly this R5 wasn't even in ROTJ, just production stills. Interesting.

 

 

Yeah, this droid along with a black R2 unit are both seen standing side by side in the shuttle bay when the Emperor's shuttle arrives on the Death Star in ROTJ. There are also a few black probots with red optical receptors standing (floating?) at attention as well. R5-J2 is one of those "blink-and-you-miss-it" characters like K-3PO or the mantis lady at the end of the Mos Eisley Cantina bar...

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