LEGO Store In Maryland Unveils The LEGO UCS Star Wars Death Star 75159.

Ever since Promo Bricks’ controversial description of the much rumored LEGO Star Wars Death Star 75159 a couple of weeks ago, discussions have been thick regarding how the set actually looks like. Fan reactions were on a broad spectrum so to speak, from those who are hopeful that LEGO has a surprise under its sleeve, to downright disappointment thinking that LEGO did not bring anything new to the table.

Now in a rather unexpected turn of events, the LEGO Star Wars Death Star 75159 was ‘officially’ unveiled recently at the Arundel Mills LEGO Store in Maryland. According to Brickset and photos shared by CM4Sci via Reddit, a visitor at the said LEGO Store was quick to take notice of the 75159 being built by one of the store’s staff in full public view. With snapper at hand, the wide-eyed visitor was quick with the shots, eventually sharing these images through social media. Now we’re not quite sure if the staff in question is a Bothan in disguise, or simply a kind soul completely unaware of the ramifications of her actions, but we’re certain that LEGO has not revealed any particular details or hi-res images of the said rehashed set.

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Now that the much protected plans and schematics of the Empire’s deadliest weapon is finally out, every Rebel faction in this side of the LEGO galaxy has taken their war of words over at fan forums and sites. Most noticeable about the new LEGO Star Wars Death Star is the fact that there is essentially nothing new at all. Confirming what Promo Bricks have reported, 75159 appears to be largely similar to 10188 Death Star, the one from 2008.

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What could be a somewhat redeeming factor for set 75159 is the fact that it offers a total of 25 minifigures, unlike our previous report of 24. We’ve also mentioned that some of the minfigs have an improved look like Hans Solo sporting a new hair piece, and Grand Moff Tarkin having a new look and is accompanied by two Imperial Officers not included in the original LEGO Death Star. Here’s a closer look at the minifig breakdown of 75159 as printed on the side of the box.

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Brickset has written an excellent preview and comparison of the Death Star 75159 and the older version 10188 which you might be interested to look. Given its huge piece count, it is expected that the LEGO Star Wars 75159 will be a kind of UCS, with LEGO releasing it to the general public by October 1, and to VIP members by mid-September.

 

What are your thoughts on the 75159? Drop us a note in the comments section below.

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WATCH: Skateboard Made Of Actual LEGO Get Tested And Destroyed.

Aaron Kyro of Braille Skateboarding has a knack for trying skateboards of any kinds. Whether it is made of ice, a Nerf gun, or even glass (which is extremely dangerous by the way), as long as it has four wheels underneath, Aaron will not hesitate to ride it. Aaron even encourages his viewer and subscribers to actually send him their own crazy, customized skateboards for him to try out.

Recently, AFOL fan and YouTuber Timmy Joe created his very own skateboard using materials that you may not want to step on to with your bare feet. Behold the life-sized, functional LEGO Skateboard!

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Using his own LEGO pieces that date back to his childhood days, Timmy tested several prototypes to see if his idea can actually support an adult person without breaking apart. After several tries, and more than 20 hours of building and customizing, the LEGO Skateboard is finally ready to be tested by Aaron over at Braille Skateboarding. Take a look at how Timmy built this one-of-a-kind creation through his time lapse video below.

As you may have noticed, Timmy seems to be very excited about his MOC being tested and featured over at Braille Skateboarding. A word of caution though: if you can’t bear the sight of hours of work destroyed for its entertainment value, then you may want to skip the last part of this video.

As tough as it may seem to look at, the LEGO Skateboard did not stand a chance at Aaron’s gruelling test. Perhaps the only thing left for us to see is to have him ride the skateboard using his bare feet – if Aaron and the rest of his guys can figure out how to put it back together.

 

So what do you think about the LEGO Skateboard? Are you willing to build one and try it? Share us what you think through the comments section below.

 

New LEGO Ninjago Short Set To Hit Theaters Alongside Warner Bros’ ‘Storks’.

Warner Animation Group’s next big screen offering, Storks, is slated to hit theaters next month, and it seems that the 3D computer animated film is not the only star of the show. The Hollywood Reporter recently revealed that Warner Bros will also give audiences a glimpse of what to expect on its much anticipated LEGO Ninjago Movie ahead of its showing in 2017. Featuring a new animated short entitled The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short, we’ll see Master Wu square off with an unlikely nemesis, simply called the ‘Chicken’. THR further reports that legendary Jackie Chan will debut as Master Wu in the said short, with Abbi Jacobson starring as the Chicken with Justin Theroux narrating. Theroux is also slated to voice Garmandon in the main LEGO Ninajago Movie.

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Here’s the rest of THR’s report:

From Warner Bros. Pictures and WAG, in association with Lego System A/S, the five-minute short was directed by Jon Saunders, from a screenplay by Saunders and Ross Evans and story by Saunders, Evans, Carey Yost and Remington D. Donovan. Ryan Halprin produced.

The short announcement follows news that Chan, Jacobson and Theroux have all joined the voice cast for The Lego Ninjago Movie, which will also feature Chan voicing Wu and Jacobson voicing a ninja. Theroux will play Garmadon in The Lego Ninjago Movie, which has a Sept. 22, 2017, release date.

Following the success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who are executive producers of Storks, The Master and The Lego Ninjago Movie), WAG also intends to release spinoff feature The Lego Batman Movie, also planned for a 2017 release, as well as a Lego Movie sequel, slated for 2019.

Building on the success of The LEGO Movie and the high anticipation of fans for the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie, Warner Bros is also banking on one of LEGO’s original theme once it hits theaters on September 22, 2017. The LEGO Group also seems to be confident on how movie-going fans in general will receive the LEGO Ninjago Movie by adding several rumored sets and a line of collectible minifigures under its banner. Here’s a brief synopsis of the movie as we previously reported.

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Ninjago is the story of six young ninja tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skill and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens, struggling against their greatest enemy: high school. 

 

The LEGO Batman Movie opens in U.S. theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by The LEGO Ninjago Movie on September 22nd, 2017, The LEGO Movie Sequel on February 8th, 2019 and Billion Brick Race on May 24th, 2019.

WATCH: This Properly Minifig-Scaled LEGO Star Wars AT-AT MOC Will Surely Impress You.

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We’ve featured a good deal of LEGO MOCs of the iconic Imperial behemoth, the AT-AT. Standing either defiantly tall or overly cute, these LEGO AT-AT renditions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes as you have considered them to be during one of our previous MOC Mondays Polls.  Perhaps most impressive of them all is the towering LEGO AT-AT MOC by Peter Brookdale that comes in at more than 6,000 mind-blowing pieces. Being perhaps the largest brick-built LEGO AT-AT in existence, it is without a doubt, a breathtaking creation.

This time around, another AT-AT enters the fray, this time under the helm of LEGO builder and mechanical engineering student Noah. His properly scaled, 5,000 piece LEGO creation stands 2-feet tall, looming defiantly along the horizon. Indeed, it might not be as large such as Brookdale’s creation, but it is perhaps the most properly minifigured scale build.

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According to an interview with Brothers Brick, some of the setbacks that Noah encountered in creating his MOC is the lack of ample time in building his LEGO AT-AT. Since he’s studying at the same time, it took him a bit longer in finishing his MOC, about a year to be specific. Second, is the apparent hurdle that he encountered in coming up with a way to balance the particularly heavy head of his AT-AT. Noah worked his way around it by including Technic beams into the neck of the quadruped giant.  Watch this video walkthrough to hear more from Noah about his amazing MOC.

To add more depth and realism to his creation, Noah opted to include an impressive re-creation of the Hoth environment to relive the iconic stand of the Rebellion against the towering might of the Imperial AT-ATs, again all in properly scaled minifigure proportions. Look also at how Noah integrated the iconic ion cannon into the scene.

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Be sure to check Noah’s Flickr page where he shows more of his LEGO creations and other related interests. So what do you think of this MOC version of the LEGO Star Wars AT-AT s? Hit the share the button and join in the discussions below.

 

 

First Look At The Official Images of LEGO Seasonal Halloween Vampire and Bat 40203!

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Halloween is just around the corner, and LEGO has something in store for everyone looking for a treat. We already bumped into this next seasonal set when LEGO hinted about it the back of the building instructions of the LEGO Easter Seasonal Set Spring Chicken (40202) when it was released last February. More of like a promotion rather than preview, the LEGO Seasonal Halloween Vampire and Bat Set (40203) is prominently seen in this photo courtesy of Sophie from LCC Builders.

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This time around, LEGO servers have recently uploaded set 40203’s official images which you can find below. Take a look.

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As we can surmise from these images, the LEGO Vampire and Bat set comes in at 150 pieces and will retail at $9.99 according to Brickset. It reportedly has a release date of September, according to Promo Bricks and will be a LEGO Store exclusive both online and in-stores.

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So what do you think about this set? Are you excited about it? Join in the discussion over our Facebook page, or write your comments below.

 

Another Historic US Landmark Now Gets The LEGO Treatment: A Look At The LEGO Architecture US Capitol Building 21030.

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There’s so much to anticipate with LEGO’s September Store Calendar, one of which is the LEGO Architecture US Capitol Building 21030. We first learned about this brick-built version of the iconic US landmark last January during Nuremberg’s Toy Fair in Germany. News has been quite slow since then regarding this excellent set, though Amazon’s UK site has previously listed 21030 in their database last April, but for some reason the entry has been removed. However, as of the moment, set 21030 has reappeared and this time it lands on Amazon’s Japanese website.

Just recently, The LEGO Group has finally released its official press release for the LEGO Architecture US Capitol Building 21030 together with some close up photos. According to TLG, set 21030 comes with more than 1,000 elements and bricks and will retail at $99.99. It will be available for sale directly through LEGO brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com beginning September 1.

 

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21030 United States Capitol Building
Ages 12+.  1032 pieces.
US $99.99 – CA $129.99 – DE 89.99€ – UK £69.99 – DK 799.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Build a LEGO® brick model of one of the world’s most architecturally impressive and symbolically important structures.

Located in Washington DC, the United States Capitol is a magnificent example of neoclassical architecture covering more than 1.5 million square feet and with over 600 rooms and miles of corridors. The building that we see today is the result of several major periods of construction that have taken place since president George Washington first laid the cornerstone on September 18, 1793. This meticulously detailed LEGO Architecture interpretation of the U.S. Capitol focuses on the structure’s striking white, columned façade with its famous steps and lawns, and features a removable dome for access to a detailed interior depicting the famous National Statuary Hall, complete with columns, statues and tiled floor.

• LEGO® Architecture interpretation of the real-world architectural landmark, the United States Capitol Building.
• Features the Capitol’s neoclassical façade, dome, colonnades, north and south wings, steps and lawns.
Remove the dome to access the rotunda, featuring columns, 8 statue elements and a tiled floor.
• The included booklet contains information about the design, architecture and history of the building (English language only. Other languages available for download at LEGO.com/architecture).
• LEGO® Architecture celebrates the world of architecture through the medium of the LEGO brick, and is developed for all with an interest in travel, design, history and architecture.
• This set includes over 1,000 LEGO® pieces.
• The scale of this model matches the LEGO® Architecture 21022 Lincoln Memorial.
• This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 12+.
• Measures over 6” (16cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning September 1, 2016 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone.

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Could This Be The New LEGO Star Wars The Death Star (75159) UCS Minifigures?

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Rumor has been thick regarding LEGO’s next D2C exclusive coming this September. We already know that one of these is the Winter Holiday Train (10254) which will be made available for early access to all VIP members starting September 15. To sweeten the deal, LEGO opted to throw in another direct-to-consumer exclusive alongside the release of 10254. Though we haven’t heard of any official confirmation from LEGO as of this writing (which we strongly feel could happen anytime soon), there is strong reason to believe that this will be the next LEGO Ultimate Collector Series that will pay tribute to the most fearsome weapon ever devised in the Star Wars galaxy.

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The LEGO Star Wars Death Star 10188 (2008).

Thanks to German LEGO fan site Promo Bricks, we now have a glimpse of what could be the second iteration of the Empire’s Ultimate Weapon, taking inspiration from the first LEGO Star Wars Death Star (10188) created in 2008. This second version of the planetary weapon – which has now been added to Brickset’s database as LEGO Star Wars The Death Star (75159) – is also believed to be the second D2C exclusive that will be released alongside the Winter Holiday Train.

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Meaning to say, LEGO VIP members will be entitled for an early access on September 15, and will be eventually offered to the general public on October 1, 2016 – a good two months before the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, hit theaters this December.

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According to Promo Bricks, 75159 will consist of 4,016 parts and will retail at 499.99 Euros, which is roughly equivalent to 565 USD, making it to the ranks of being another UCS version of the first LEGO Death Star. Here’s a rough Google translate on what Promo Bricks have to say:

The new Death Star may be assembled from 4,016 parts. By comparison, the final Death Star (10188) consisted of 3,803 parts and included 24 minifigures. Has also changed the sales price. So the new model in the LEGO Store will cost 499.99 euros, 80 euros more than its predecessor.

On a similar note, Promo Bricks also revealed what could be the most interesting part of The Death Star (75159). The site mentions that the upcoming Ultimate Collector Series will consist of the following minifigures:

  • Grand Moff Tarkin 
  • Imperial Officer 
  • Imperial Navy Officer 
  • Imperial astromech 
  • Chewbacca 
  • C-3PO
  • R2-D2 
  • Han Solo 
  • Han Solo (disguise) 
  • Luke Skywalker (disguise) 
  • Luke Skywalker (final duel) 
  • Luke Skywalker (Tatooine) 
  • Princess Leia 
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi 
  • Darth Vader 
  • Death Star Gunner 
  • Death Star Droid 
  • Emperor’s Royal Guard 
  • Emperor Palpatine 
  • Stormtropper 
  • Death Star Trooper

Noticeably, this set of minifigures does not differ significantly from that of the first LEGO Death Star UCS. However, Promo Bricks emphasized that LEGO’s designers did an excellent job of giving the original minifigs a revamp of some sorts.

Like the last model LEGO® has his new Death Star again donated 24 Minifigures, you can expect somehow even with the selling price. Here the designer in Billund certainly have again done a great job, because numerous figures have been revised to shine in a new outfit. My favorite is the blue Imperial astromech.

 As I mentioned earlier, it may not take long before we hear any official words from the LEGO Group about the details of the LEGO Star Wars The Death Star (75159). As exciting as it may sound, it will be prudent to consider these things as tentative. What do you think of this next LEGO Star Wars UCS set? Do you think it will live up to its hype? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or head over to our Facebook page and join in the discussions.

It’s A Magical Day For VIP Members With The Early Release Of The LEGO Disney Castle 71040.

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It was teased in LEGO’s August Store Calendar as an exclusive D2C set a few months ago, and this time around LEGO VIP members are in for a magical journey into the heart of Disney kingdom: enter the LEGO Disney Castle 71040! Starting today and until the end of this month, LEGO VIP members may now have the opportunity of an early access to this highly sought after set.

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Coming in at a massive 4,080 pieces, the LEGO Disney Castle is now available for all VIP members retailing at $349.99 via shop.LEGO.com or any LEGO brand store and will be available to the general public beginning September 1, 2016.

Watch Stephen’s unboxing and review of the LEGO Disney Castle and see for yourself the magic within the walls of this majestic set.

Supergirl Now Flies Her Way To LEGO Dimensions Starter Packs!

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Rumor has been thick regarding the Girl of Steel making her debut in LEGO Dimensions. Since last April when we reported that Supergirl’s building guide was found over at LEGO servers, news was virtually non-existing about her availability and release date.

Just a few hours ago, LEGO Dimensions’ Facebook page has announced that the elusive and highly prized minifigure of the Girl from Krypton will now be exclusively offered with the LEGO Dimension Starter Pack for the Playstation 4 starting this September. As of this writing, there has been no announcement yet from LEGO if Supergirl’s LEGO Dimensions’ minifigure will be offered to other gaming platforms as well.

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Supergirl also comes as an in-game playable character accessible via the ‘Hire-a-Hero’ section of LEGO Dimensions. However, I have a strong feeling that owning the video game itself may be secondary, as compared to the excitement of actually having the exclusive Supergirl collectible minifigure. We just hope that LEGO will also do the same with the Green Arrow minifigure promotional polybag that were offered at E3 last June. It will be great to see that added to all LEGO Dimensions Starter Packs across multiple gaming platforms. Check out the official press release below.

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Supergirl LEGO Minifigure Added as Exclusive Bonus in LEGO® Dimensions™ Starter Packs for PlayStation®4

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed today at Gamescom that starting in late September 2016, LEGO Dimensions Starter Packs for Sony PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system will include an exclusive, bonus DC Comics Supergirl LEGO minifigure for a limited time.  The highly collectable Supergirl LEGO minifigure has many extraordinary in-game abilities to help solve puzzles and battle enemies, including Super Strength, Flying, X-Ray Vision, and Beam Attacks which enable her to shoot heat beams out of her eyes.  She can also transform into Supergirl Girl Red Lantern with additional abilities such as firing powerful Red Lantern energy bolts and energy beams from the Red Lantern Ring and forming Red Lantern Energy Constructs.

The LEGO Dimensions PS4™ Starter Pack includes the videogame, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, four LEGO minifigures, Batman, Gandalf, Wyldstyle and the exclusive Supergirl, plus the LEGO Batmobile, and the revolutionary LEGO Toy Pad, which allows players to transport special LEGO minifigures and models into the game, as well as direct in-game action all with the movement of the physical toys.

In the future, Supergirl will be available as a “Hire-a-Hero,” a feature in LEGO Dimensions that allows players to sample characters using studs collected in the game. Players can select the hologram minifigure near certain hint stones to unlock characters for a limited time to try out their special abilities to solve problems and complete puzzles.

LEGO Dimensions is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

 

 

Thank You Kenny Baker For Giving Us Artoo – Looking Back At LEGO’s R2-D2.

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It’s a sad Saturday for the legion of the faithful scattered throughout the Star Wars galaxy, when Kenny Baker at almost 82 years old, passed away in Lanchashire, England. Kenny, also known as Kenneth George Baker, is best known for his portrayal of the endearing astromech droid R2-D2 in the Star Wars saga. Personally operating Artoo in all of the 6 Star Wars films, Kenny became sort of an icon, a legend to all Star Wars fans, for giving a distinct personality to the most beloved astromech in the world. Whether shaking because of excitement, or turning around his dome-shaped head out of disdain and amusing contempt towards fellow droid C-3PO, Kenny was able to brilliantly  bring Artoo into life and winning the hearts of many along the way. True enough, Kenny was an excellent performer and actor, and he will always be remembered as the person that gave a heart and soul to the most popular robotic companion in the world.

In honor of this great man who made this Star Wars legend possible, let’s take a look at the many times Artoo made its appearance in LEGO minifigure form throughout the years. Since 1999, R2-D2 has left his mark in 36 LEGO Star Wars set according to Brickset. Over the years, we’ve seen some slight variations in printing over the minifig version of Artoo however his standard, 4-piece design has always been the same. Though these pieces and elements that makes up the iconic LEGO R2-D2 is also used in recreating some of the droids in the LEGO Star Wars theme, R2-D2 has always remained the most popular astromech minifigure across all LEGO Star Wars sets, and here are all the minifigure renditions of Artoo as he appears in them. Thanks to Brickset for all the images.

 

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Classic R2-D2
Appears in 14 sets, with the following being the most notable.

LEGO System Star Wars X-wing Fighter (7140) – 1999
R2-D2 makes his debut appearance in this set as an official LEGO minifigure.

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LEGO Star Wars Sandcrawler (10144) – 2005

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R2-D2 With Serving Tray
Appears exclusively in 1 set.

LEGO Star Wars Jabba’s Sail Barge (6210) – 2006
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R2-D2 With Light Bluish Gray Head
Appears in 10 sets, 3 of which are in the following Ultimate Collector Series.

LEGO Star Wars Death Star Ultimate Collector Series (10188) – 2008

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LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 Ultimate Collector Series (10225) – 2012

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LEGO Star Wars Red Five X-wing Starfighter Ultimate Collector Series (10240) – 2013

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R2-D2 as seen in the Clone Wars
Appears exclusively in 1 set.

LEGO Star Wars Anakin’s Y-wing Starfighter (8037) – 2009

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R2-D2 Snowman
Appears exclusively in 1 set.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (9509) – 2012

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R2-D2 With Flat Silver Head
Appears exclusively in this Ultimate Collectors Series set

LEGO Star Wars Ewok Village (10236) – 2013

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R2-D2 With Flat Silver Head, Dark Blue Printing, and Red Dots
Appears in 5 sets, most notable is his appearance in another UCS set and a SDCC 2015 exclusive.

LEGO Star Wars Sandcrawler (75059) – 2014

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San Diego Comic Con 2015 LEGO Star Wars Dagobah Mini Build

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R2-D2 With Flat Silver Head, Dark Blue Printing, and Lavender Dots
Appears exclusively in 1 set.

LEGO Star Wars Droid Escape Pod (75136) – 2016

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Reindeer R2-D2
Appears exclusively in 1 set.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75097) – 2015

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To some extent, we have Kenny Baker to thank for in making R2-D2 as one of the most prolific LEGO Star Wars minifigures around. Kenny will remain a much loved personality as the astromech that he portrayed and forever immortalized in the annals of LEGO history. Though Kenny is no longer with us, he will always be remembered in all six Star Wars films as the humble little person who breathed who gave life and a personality  to the most famous astromech in this side of the galaxy.

How about you, what is your most favorite LEGO R2-D2 minifigure? Share us what you think in the comments section below, or jump right in the discussions in our Facebook page.