Wow, what a new figure. The new R2 with serving tray is out there (as I found mine at a store), and he is nice. By far he is the best R2 to date, and not just because he comes with a serving aparatus, but because it is totally removable so you can display this figure without it.
The serving tray is the weakest point of this figure as it is very soft plastic and bends without putting pressure on it. After straightening the tray two days later the tray looked bent around the back of the droids head. The actual serving utensil is removable, and rotates. At the base of the utensil is a small pin that holds it in place, so when it is off it just leaves a very small hole that is perfectly centered at the top of R2's dome. This means that the figure can stand alone without the accessories, and not look bad at all.
The sculpt of this R2 is by far the most different than the others. I took out my R2 hologram (Commtech), the POTJ R2, the episode II R2, and the new R2 to compare with the other R2's. First of all the new R2 blows away the R2 hologram figure. It's larger, has the same features, and is squeky clean. Also the visual apparatis of the figure on the dome is much more pronounced. The POTJ version is now crap in comparrison because It's third leg, like the Episode II R2 is stuck out, and really needs more work figure wise. The body and main legs of the new R2 is practically identical to the Episode II version except that the third leg is retractible, and the bare spots on the Episode II version's chest (where plates should be filled in), are now filled in with the new fig. However the dome is the real prise of this figure. It is the most detailed and accurate R2 dome to date. It's a real prize!