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Updating R2-D2 and LEGO Star Wars helmets

LEGO Star Wars minifigures routinely divide opinion, concerning their accuracy and the introduction of more complex helmets.

The topic was addressed during our recent discussion with Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and Michael Lee Stockwell from the LEGO Star Wars design team, alongside Jedi News.

Brickset: Whenever R2-D2 figures appear, there is discussion concerning possible changes to the design, possibly including decoration on the reverse. Has printing technology prevented that, so far?

Jens: That is exactly right. The equipment necessary to decorate both sides of that cylinder piece is not available at the moment. Honestly, I am not certain why this has not really been considered before because other characters are printed on both sides. We are aware of that frequent discussion though and would certainly consider changing things in the future.

Michael: As far as the design of R2-D2's constituent elements is concerned, changes there are more difficult. Whenever we update minifigure components, such as helmets or various accessories, we often divide fans' views!

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