Indeed it does.
I've been wanting a really clean, well-articulated Artoo for a long, long time--something like the R2-Q5, only with an Artoo paint job--and this looks like it could be it...
The Luke looks fantastic too, of course--I just wish they would have also shown it without the cloak on, like the pic from Wizard World.
Virex... You actually collect
Star Wars figures? I didn't know that! Thought I was in the wrong section for a minute when I saw your name there...
I've gotta say that these figures and the rest of the new figure announcements are just superb! Almost make up for the lack of "girthiness" in a certain upcoming slug...
I would've loved to have seen Hermi Odle and Yarna thrown into the mix, but I'm most certain that they're coming down the pipeline at some point, so I guess I can be patient until they're finally confirmed as well.
The R1 droid is fantastic. I just hope they've added a little bit of extra heighth to it to get it to scale. He sure would look snazzy in front of a Sandcrawler now, wouldn't he?!
I'd still love to see that "spider" Treadwell Droid, the LIN Mining Droid, and a revamped R5-D4, but this is a great start to the scene, especially with such an obscure, well done, and ALL-NEW droid.
Nice to see R2 finally get his long overdue Bartender treatment. I agree with you guys, that hopefully his tray is removable and leaves a very nice astromech beneath it. I've got to assume there's a little pin-hole attachment at some particular point to hold the tray in place. BTW, are those the drink cups all around the tray, painted in gold still? That's not correct, is it? Hopefully that'll change before it's release...
Luke's obviously awesome. 'Nuff said on that one.
As for the remaining figures announced, just seeing Wol Cabbashite
in the mix there is certifiable proof that not a single character or thing from the Star Wars universe is off limits to Hasbro now. That's a GREAT thing!!! Now where's Scott's ICMG
I'm sure it'll be nice for some of the newer collectors to get their hands on the formerly exclusive Monk
from long ago, so that's a worthy choice for a re-release. Bubo's
cool, and is certainly someone who's been asked for quite frequently (usually as a pack-in). Good chance this "Ultra" (Deluxe) 3-pack will come with an archway/door of some type to attach Wol to, so that'll be very cool if it comes to fruition.
Elom and J'Quille will make nice additions to the larger thug contingent at the Palace. I'm a little concerned over the part sharing with these two as well, especially since Scott (I believe) pointed out somewhere that one of them's 6'6" and the other's only 5'. Hopefully Hasbro will pick up on that disparity. Skiff Lando? I guess. Hopefully he's all new, and even nicer than the previous one from many years ago. Holo Luke will be interesting, and I guess pretty cool. Again, I believe his holograph in ROTJ was WAY high/tall, so hopefully Hasbro picks up on that.
Can't wait to see pictures of these other guys next month! 2004 is shaping up to be possible the best year ever, or at least one that rivals that latter half of POTJ!
Now scoop me some more new announcements! Now that I've got the taste in my mouth, I'm getting greedy!