Seems every time they upgrade or refresh the sculpt on R2 or an astro droid, they take one step forward and one step back. There's been advances that are cool like gettig his third optical doodad on the top of his dome or the little cables on his feet molded separately. non chrome domes. retractable middle leg. better detailed legs.
and then there's things that are never right like the panelling on the body. R2 doesn't have sunken body panels he has a smooth body and dome with grooves around the panels. hasbro never gets the shape right on the front manipulator arm covers (the blue bits under the dome) or the lightpipe which messes with the line of the dome and even without the lightpipe there's always a bump on the top where a lightpipe was originally sculpted. the colour of the blue is always always wrong.
we need a definitive accurate sculpt on an astro droid with all the fine details and moldings and bells and whistles and have all other astro droid molds destroyed. Simply re-use the one superior mold for all body needs and keep one good R2 dome, one R3 dome, one R4 and one R5 and just switch the head molds as and when required.
I'd the like them to utilise this new superior sculpt and create a pack of unpainted astro droid parts that you can put together and paint as you like. sort of like a droid factory playset throwback only without the poopyness of that set.
for those who want all these astro droids it would be a cool way to do it. assemble the body, pick the droid head and paint away til you got what you want. plus it'd be a neat way to get younger kids who like astro droids into creative activities without it being twee like most painting projects for kids are.
I know this is a bit of a rant/ mess but i was just looking at the flame burst flying R2 figure from the first wave next year and thought it looked really bad. besides how awful the paint deco is. the body is all wrong on that one again.