You know where to find me if your family doesn't come through though Matt...
You know, I just wanted to update this thread, for no apparent reason at all, other than to make my mandatory non-Watto's Junkyard appearance for the month:
Well, the fam came through, and hooked me up with the three astromech droids a couple of weeks ago, which I promptly opened up and have displayed in my modest astromech collection.
Now, for a mini-review:
While I'm of the thought that the more droids, the merrier, these three left me with kind of a lukewarm feeling. For what they are, they're fine, I guess. I would have preferred that the R3-unit was in the R2-Q5 sculpt, and not the Naboo Escape R2-D2. The sculpt of the R4-unit is just okay--I actually like it better than the POTJ R4-M9 it came from, since the earlier figure, for me, has a really loose third leg.
However, the paint jobs of those two is way-too cartoony for my tastes, personally. The R4-unit's turqoise/aqua-on-white is just too non-movie for me, and there's so much blue all over the R3-droid, that it just doesn't look right. Mind you, I've never been on any of the Star Tours rides, so while I'm sure they look fairly similar to their ride counterparts, they just don't look movie-enough for me.
But then, there's the R5-D2. And really, the only thing "wrong" with this figure, in my opinion, is that there's not a real R5-D4 resculpt out there, which, of course, isn't this figure's fault!
I dig the R5-head sculpt, and the battle-damage on the body. And, of course, the light-brown wash over the whole figure really gives it that whole "lived-in" look. It looks like it could have been just off-screen, out of the camera's view, during the "purchase of the droids" scene from the first film. Really nicely done, and it gives me hope that a certain other, bad-motivator-havin' R5-droid is in the works up in Rhode Island. . .
Anyway, thanks again, Matt. . .