This Holiday R2-D2 was released as a Walmart exclusive in 2002 in special snow globe-like packaging together with Santa C-3PO. Both figures were the very first holiday inspired Star Wars figures released by Hasbro. The figures are based on the Ralp McQuarrie Christmas card design for Lucasfilm from 1979.
Reindeer R2 has three movable parts, including a rotating dome, and two swivel legs. The dome makes a clicking sound when turned, but there is no middle leg or sensorscope in the droid which could be moved in or out. So basically, you turn the dome, but nothing happens. Unlike modern R2-D2 figures, this version of R2-D2 doesn't have movable ankles, nor does it have little rolls in the feet. The only feature on the figure is the blue shine-through plastic on top of the dome, which "lights" up the droid's front eye when light shines on it from the top. There are no panels that open and R2-D2's antlers are permanently attached and can't be taken off.
The paint application on Holiday R2-D2 is OK, but nothing out of the ordinary. The antlers are painted pretty well with a dark, wooden-looking brown color and black highlights. Overall, Reindeer R2 is pretty cool, quite different, but very charming and makes for a fun display piece together with C-3PO as Santa Clause.
Hasbro and Lucasfilm Ltd. are delighted to present, for the first time, this Star Wars Holiday Edition commemorative. Inspired by the artwork of renowned artist Ralph McQuarrie, this specially designed set captures the imaginative vision of McQuarrie's art in collectible 3-3/4" action figure scale. Our gift to you, this piece is a distinctive addition to any Star Wars collection. May the Force be with you, and happy holidays.