Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid Review

Having your own interactive and self-movable R2-D2 at home is a dream come true for many Star Wars Fans. The Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid does not disappoint and is filled with heaps of surprises in store.

Something Fun: If you hit R2 on the head, he’ll make irritated beeping sounds and try to move away from you.

PROS: Fun to play with secret modes to explore! Voice command enabled. Good interactive replica from the movie character. Looks and sounds genuine.
CONS: Pricey. You’ll need to have some Star Wars knowledge to truly enjoy playing with this toy droid. Does not respond well in a noisy room or when pronunciation is not understood.


Hasbro r2 d2 ASTROMECH interactive by ScifitoysAustralia

Comes with:
Droid body, two steering legs, projector piece, telescope piece with sensory array, and an operation manual.


Quick Summary

  • Responds to voice commands, “dances” and plays music
  • Reacts to famous Star Wars characters. Try saying “Do You Remember.. Darth Vader?” and watch him squirm and scream!
  • R2 can move/roam along on his own. You can also deactivate his roaming just by pressing a button.
  • Comes with light beam, extendable utility arm and special “secret” features
  • In “Game” mode, R2 plays multiple games and spins, dances and plays music
  • Holds beverages
  • Includes Follow Mode


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Did You Know?

That you can find additional commands for R2D2 that’s not mentioned in the packaging. It’s sort of like a bonus pack/easter eggs kinda thingy.

Here are the Additional Commands for the Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid Robot via

Easter Egg #1 – Follow Me

Easter Egg #2 – Come Here

Easter Egg #3 – Imperial March Song
Interactive R2D2 plays up to 5 songs, but only the Cantina song is expressly mentioned in the Command Guide.

To play the Imperial March, go to Character Mode by asking “Do You Remember.” Ask Interactive R2D2 about Darth Vader and Anakin (in any order) and Interactive R2D2 will play the song.

Another way is to Say “Hey R2”, “Do you remember”, “Massenguillotine?”; then say “Hey R2”, “Do you remember”, “Anakin?”, and then he’ll play The Imperial March.

R2D2 Interactive Robot Imperial March Song Demo by telephony

Easter Egg #4 –Sad Cantina Song
Another song that Interactive R2D2 plays is actually a different version of the song he sings if you command him to do the dance program (in game mode). When Interactive R2D2 is in a sad mood, he will play a sad version of the Cantina song. There are many ways to put Interactive R2D2 into a sad mood. The easiest is in ‘Do You Remember’. If you ask about Darth Vader, Interactive R2D2 will go into a sad mood. You can tell, because his mood status indicator will be red instead of blue.

Another way is to say “Hey R2”, “Light beam”, then hit him on his dome until he makes that “sad” sound several consecutive times. Then say “Game mode”, and finally say “Dance program”. R2 will then run his secret dance program — NOT the Cantina music you’d normally get.

R2D2 Interactive Robot Sad Cantina Song Demo by telephony

Easter Egg #5 –Celebration Song
The Celebration Song is another one of the 5 songs that Interactive R2D2 plays and is not expressly mentioned in the Command Guide.

To play the Celebration song, go to Character Mode by asking “Do You Remember.” Ask Interactive R2D2 about Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker (in any order), and Interactive R2D2 will play the celebration song.

Easter Egg #6 –A “Special Surprise”

The final hidden gem for Interactive R2D2 really takes a little work, as well as really knowing your droid.

First, have Interactive R2D2 turn on his light beam by saying “light beam.” With his light beam on, tap Interactive R2D2 three times on the head, and then place him into Game Mode by telling Interactive R2D2 “Game Mode” and then “Dance program.” Interactive R2D2 will have a special dance, just for you.


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Three Interactive Modes

In companion mode, R2-D2 responds to commands like “Go on patrol,” “Light Beam,” and “Play Message.” Star Wars fans are sure to appreciate the accuracy of the messages, which are culled from famous missions he remembers.

You can even ask R2 about friends including Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Jabba the Hutt. He has a different reaction to each name based on his “feelings” for the characters.

In game mode, R2 responds to more complicated commands. He’ll act as a sentry to protect your important stuff, dance to cantina music, spin around, or play light tag.

The third mode lets you give pointed directions that control R2’s movements. Tell him to turn left and right or go forward whenever you want, or set a preprogrammed course for him to follow.


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Useful Nuggets

1. You’ll need to use a Phillips screwdriver to insert four “AA” batteries and four “D” cell batteries in his side.
2. This R2-D2 model has a secret cargo compartment
3. Also includes a unique swing-down utility arm that’s also a beverage holder
4. Has a removable sensor scope
5. A working light beam,
5. Sound-processing microphones
6. An adaptable droid mood-status indicator.



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