Something you don't see everyday. . .
April 23, 2008

The other day I decided to check in on my friend (and über R2-D2 fan) Dustin Robert’s and see what Astromech goodness he’d recently unearthed.  So, I’m checking the news posts and find a link to a story about the exclusive R2-KT figure that Hasbro made last year (about the R2-KT figure at so I follow the link and find that Dustin has posted a series of photos showing the step-by-step assembly instructions for the factory workers.  Now, I’ve been an obsessive reader on anything that relates to how toys are manufactured and marketed for 20+ years now but I’ve never seen a guide like this before.  I mean, in the back of my mind I knew such things had to exist but I’d never heard mention of them much less seen them before.  So, with Dustin’s permission, just click the photo below to see how a Hasbro Astromech made from the R4-G9 mold is assembled, welded and packaged… 

…while you’re there you should also take a look around the rest of Dustin’s site to see some cool R2 prototypes and designs of things that never were.


(Special thanks to John Lee for taking the R2-KT photo at the top of the story.  BTW, if any of you know of other links that show instructions like these post them below ‘cause I apparently haven’t been looking in the right places!)


Jim Abell
Life-long toy collector currently collecting Hasbro Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Mattel Justice Leauge Unlimited, DC Universe Classics, DC Super Friends, PopCo Harry Potter, Zizzle Pirates of the Caribbean. Also into The Monkees and "Weird Al" Yankovic. Are you frightened, yet?...
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