R2D2 (Artoo-Detoo) from "Star Wars" (1977)
About the Design
Whereas his companion C-3PO was meant to represent the classic human-like robot of old, R2-D2 was a purely contemporary "astromech" 'droid whose function determined its form. Resembling a tank-style vacuum cleaner, the plucky little machine drew much of its design inspiration from the squat little service robots Huey, Louie and Dewy featured in Douglas Trumball's low budget eco-classic "Silent Running" (1972).
About the Kit
This was another "first generation" "Star Wars" kit that ended up being reissued several times between 1978 and 1983.
This model is an original 1978 issue.