Before we talk about the little fella, let's have an A to Z (nearly) of collecting speak...
AFA stands for Action Figure Authority. It is a company which grades Star Wars action figures.
When collectors speak about the articulation of an action figure, they are referring to the joints in the figure. Sometimes referred to as poa.
Bandai is currently the 4th biggest toy manufacturer in the world. The company is based in Japan and is known among Star Wars action figure collectors for their S.H. Figuarts action figure line and their Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars action figure line.
Battle Pack indicates a multipack of figures.
Cinema Scenes were 3-packs of figures sold during the Power Of The Force 2 series in the late 90's.
COO stands for Country Of Origin. This abbreviation comes up often for vintage Star Wars figures, which refers to the country the figure was manufactured in.
A diorama is a display of figures, which usually mimics a movie specific scene.
DTF stands for Discover The Force, which was a sub-line exclusive to Walmart stores in 2012.
Evolution 3-packs were multipacks of figures which showed an "evolution" of the character from movie to movie.
Freeze Frame figures refers to Star Wars figures from the Power Of The Force 2 series from the 1990's, which were packed-in together with slides.
Glasslite was a Brazilian toy company which produced and distributed vintage Star Wars toys for the Brazilian market.
Hasbro is the toy company which bought Kenner in 1992 and produces Star Wars action figures since 1995.
Kenner is the name of the toy company which produced Star Wars action figures between 1977 - 1985.
If a figure is Kit-Bashed it simply means it uses various body parts which have been used by Hasbro before on other action figures.
Lili Ledy was a company in Mexico in the 70s and 80s which produced and distributed Star Wars toys. Most vintage Star Wars figures produced by Lily Ledy are unique and look different to their Kenner counterparts, which makes them attractive to collect.
Meccano was the french licensee for Kenner toys during vintage times.
Mini Rigs were small vehicles released by Kenner during vintage times. These small vehicles never appeared in any of the original movies.
MISB stands for Mint In Sealed Box.
MOC stands for Mint On Card.
NIB stands for New In Box.
OTC stands for the Original Trilogy Collection, which was released at the end of 2004.
POTF2 stands for Power Of The Force 2, which was a Star Wars toy line from 1995 until 2000. The packaging of the toys stated Power Of The Force (without the "2" on it), but collectors refered to it as POTF2 (with the number 2) in order to not confuse the toys with the previous vintage Power Of The Force line from 1985.
POTJ stands for Power Of The Jedi which was a Star Wars toy line from 2000 - 2002.
Leicester based toy company that bought the Star Wars licence from Kenner to make and distribute the toys.
This is a figure that has been made by toy companies to represent the final item. Many of these were kept by ex employees of the toy companies and fetch a pretty penny on the open market.
The term re-pack is used if a previously released figure has been re-released again without any changes to it.
A re-paint is an action figure which has been painted differently compared to its previous incarnation.
A slightly re-worked action figure means that the figure has been tweaked compared to it's previous release.
ROTS stands for Revenge Of The Sith, which refers to the Star Wars toy line from 2005.
A shelf talker refers to advertising which decorates the shelf and promotes the products on it at the same time. You'll very likely come across this term in regards to vintage Star Wars collecting.
SOTE stands for Shadows Of The Empire, which was a multi-media event in 1996. Hasbro released several action figures in their SOTE toy line.
Steve Sansweet is the previous Lucasfilm ambassador for fan relations, he owns the officially largest Star Wars memorabilia collection in the world, which is housed in the United States at Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, Cal.
SWS is an abbreviation for the Star Wars Saga toy line, which ran from 2002 - 2004.
TAC stands for The Anniversary Collection, which refers to the 30th Anniversary Collection toy line (2006 - 2008).
TLC stands for The Legacy Collection, which was the name of a toy line from 2008 - 2010.
The term toy lines refers to a specific look and feel of the packaging. In most cases the toy line is given a name, such as The Vintage Collection for example. Typically a new packaging style is introduced every few years in order to promote current media.
Tri-Logo is a term which was established during the original vintage Star Wars action figure line. Kenner released Star Wars figures overseas with different languages on the packaging.
Unpunched stands for an unbroken tab on the top of the card. The tabs are usually removed when employees hang the figures onto the store pegs. "Unpunched" indicates that the figure came very likely straight from a case.
Vintage refers to the vintage Star Wars toys which were released between 1978 and 1985.
If you want to add to the glossary lets us know.
This is the final figure to come in the Early Bird package and is one of my favourites. The early bird version is every so slightly different from the mass produced one, having a darker blue sticker on its body. Again making the whole early bird kit so expensive.
Although R2 came in other versions (periscope and pop up lightsaber plus a droids version) this is the one the one most fondly remembered, just a lovely figure with his clicky head. Very basic but very playable.
Unfortunately as we will talk about in future volumes the X-wing fighter, came with a built in R2D2 so you couldn't put your figure into Lukes Star fighter to go on daring missions.
One thing that was missing from this character was a third leg. One would presume it would of been far too expensive to manufacture a working middle leg but one with the extra appendage did surface in the Droid Factory were you could build any amount of different droids.
This is and was the droid you were looking for.
Shiny and bright blue, solid dome. No frills vintage figure, just how we like it.