R2-KT Astromech Droid
Review by shogunnadia
I love Star Wars, but my favorite thing about the movies and toys is the little astromech, R2-D2. I grab one every time I come across a new version or color scheme. That being said, I came across this pink astromech at Josh's house and it is by far my favorite.
I love this one because of the meaning behind it. I picked up its packaging and this is what it read...
R2-KT was created in 2005 to honor Katie Johnson, a very special little girl who tragically passed away from brain cancer on August 9, 2005 at the age of seven.
Her Father, Albin Johnson, is the founder of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming fan club that performs charity work around the world. Katie had a special wish: to visit Walt Disney World.
Through the generosity of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Katie's wish was granted.Then one more special dream came true. Katie's sister, Allie, was inspired one day while watching Attack of the Clones, in which R2-D2 watches over the sleeping Padme. Allie thought how great it would be if Artoo could watch over Katie as she underwent treatment, and for the droid to be named "KT" after her sister. The R2 Builder's Club made Allie's idea a reality by creating a unique R2 unit especially for Katie. The 501st Legion approached Hasbro with the idea of producing a figure to commemorate R2-KT.
This inspired Hasbro and Lucasfilm to help make more wishes come true for children like Katie. Hasbro and Lucasfilm together are donating $100,000 in Katie's memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundations of South Carolina and San Diego.
R2-KT comes packaged in a clamshell display. But unlike all my other Artoos, this one is pink!
Once you open it up and take it out you notice what a well made little toy it is. The body of Artoo is made of a tough PVC and can withstand even the hardest of child's play. The paintjob is good, and there are no obvious seams.
R2-KT's head can turn a complete 360 degrees. (Which is necessary for watching over little Katie). R2-KT has articulated legs and wheels roll on the bottom of its feet.
But one other neat feature is that when you spin its head its small front foot retracts into the body. This Artoo also comes with a commemorative Imperial Droid card.
When I place R2-KT next to my other Astromechs in my collection it fits in well and is right at home!
In my conclusion, I found the toy fun, well-built, and it's meaning really touching. I would recommend picking it up whether you collect Astromechs or not.
|Posted 9 September, 2009 - 12:49 by shogunnadia|
Comments8 comments posted
Oh, yeah- I remember the story about R2-KT from years ago. I was surprised how much people came to like it. Didn't Katie get to meet the full-sized mock-up before she died?
Oh, BTW, KT has its own official fan site- The R2-KT Home Page. It now travels around to charities and meet-&-greets involving children, and has been to several big cons.
I don't know is she got to meet KT..But I saw R2-KT at the comic con this year.
Great review Nadia, very touching. Got all misty eyed. I'm the same way with randomly grabbing variations of R2s as I see them. I'll pick a -KT up as I run across it.
Checked out the KT sites(Thanks for the link, EVA!) , and YES Katie did get to have a full size pink repainted, pre-existing, R2 in her room at the hospital, though the official one wasn't presented to the family until 2006.
Great to hear of positive efforts of this type raising awareness of various health issues.
I'm a little confused about one thing. The way the toy is described (well made, no visible seams, tough PVC, 360 turning head, retracting middle leg) it sounds like you're describing new features. Aren't those all standard for the R2 body? I always assumed the KT droid was a really touching repaint, without any new gimmicks or design features.
I was tempted by this figure several times. It's extremely cute. I never knew her dad formed the 501st. Glad that he could share that hobby with her.
Good question. The body is pretty standard but some astromech version don't have the retractable middle leg and some have heads that can spin 360 degrees which by doing so raises a tiny periscope. I think my wife just wanted to let the readers know that it was not either of those versions. She would know, she has about 40 different figures now..LOL
"the other fat bearded guy at CDX"
Ah, thanks for clarifying. ^_^ The wording caused a slight disconnect in my brain. It was kind of like hearing, "I own 20 SOC's, and the first thing I noticed when opening this latest one--it has metal in it!" LOL
Yes, the KT is the same as the other standard Artoo's.
I don't usually buy Star Wars stuff, but if I see this one, I will. What a story.