This is the Lego set you’re looking for! Everyone’s favorite astromech droid is always popping up at shops and events, built life-sized from thousands of bricks by Lego’s master builders, and now we’ll all get the chance to build a — admittedly slightly smaller — version of him, too.
The video above gives a wonderful overview of the great features the two designers, Kurt Kristensen and Mike Fuller, have crammed into the 30cm tall model, including a retractable third leg and Artoo’s handy computer interface arm and cutting disc – both hidden behind opening doors. You even get an Artoo minifig to keep you company when you’re away from his big brother! There’s also some lovely humorous banter between the two of them. It must be a fabulous place to work — I mean, being paid to play with Lego! Surely it can’t get much better than that.
According to lego.wikia.com, Artoo is built from just over 2,100 little pieces of plastic and will cost around £150 (about $250 US by the current exchange rate) when he goes on sale in May. Just enough time to clear a space on the shelves!
[This article, by Nathan Barry, was originally published on Thursday. Please leave any comments you may have on the original.]