I didn't buy him. I almost did. First I asked a manager of Toys R Us who was a friend of mine to open him and put batteries in him, if I was going to shell out over $100.oo
I still might. But I doubt it.
Artoo is voice controlled. But half the time he doesn't do what you ask him to. It's really frustrating.
The instructions say that's because R2D2 is stubborn and it's part of his personality.
I think they can hide a lack of sophisticated enough programming with that excuse.
Now, to get R2 to do anything, you have to say "Hey Artoo" and then give him commands. He'll beep that he heard you, such as
and you can program him to run certain courses.
He will not be able to go get you a beer or soda. Yes he could carry one, but only take it where you tell him to - assuming you gave it to him in the first place.
But you quickly get tired of saying "Hey Artoo."
Next, you can say
"Do You Remember"
and R2 reacts to different character names from the Prequels and Sequels that he's been programmed for.
He can play Leia's holo message (audio only) but also turn on a light from his light projector.
He loves to go out and explore and he'll start wandering around all on his own, and he has sensor naviagation that helps him back up and turn and go around obstacles. His sensors do not view things below his eyeport very well, and if he runs over something that he gets stuck on, you can easily have him wear out his 4 D-cell batteries and 4-AA cell ones before you find out what he's been up to.
He's like having a pet. He dances too.
Sometimes he just refuses to obey you. If you tell him he's bad, he goes and hides for a little while (looks for a corner that his sensors identify, then hides and sort of closes down in there and whimpers a little).
You have to tell him to Re-Set systems often when you're trying him out, because if he doesn't bond well with you, he'll get more and more rebellious and unresponsive. He shakes his head "no" whenever you tell him something.
You can talk to him and ask him questions like an 8-ball, too.
So I asked him if he wanted to go home with me. Artoo said "No."
And I asked him if he even liked me. Artoo said "No."
So I left him at the toy store. Let him deal with some kid now!
Hmmph. Some attitude!