While Her Universe had previewed the Darth Vader knitted sweater prior to release, the R2-D2 sweater arriving at Hot Topic was a complete surprise! The Hot Topic website doesn’t mention that this is a Her Universe item, which it should as it’s a great selling point – I love to support Her Universe, and I’m sure other fashionable Star Wars fans like to as well. In any case, I loved the sweater when I saw it, and bought it straight away. The standard retail price is US$49.50 – US$53.50 – I paid US$39.60 during a sale. It is currently still available in sizes XS to 3X. Hot Topic can ship internationally, which is great for international fans wanting to purchase Her Universe items.
The R2-D2 knitted sweater is made from 100% acrylic, so no worries if you have a wool allergy. I consider it a medium-weight knit, nice and warm without being heavy. The white R2-D2 design is part of the knit, not printed on top – it has that classic knitted/pixelated style. R2-D2’s red light is a great detail – it is knitted in red metallic thread. The sweater has a straight hem, which is slightly longer at the back – there is a small split up both sides. The side seams are straight, there is no fit through the waist – but I wouldn’t expect that from a loose fit sweater like this.
I bought mine in size XS – it measures approximately 50cm across the chest (underarm to underarm), 50cm across the front hem, and 59cm from front neckline to front hem. This sweater is a relaxed fit, great for keeping snuggly and warm in colder weather – though as it’s summer here in New Zealand I have to wait a few months before I can wear it! Items on the Her Universe website note the size the model(s) are wearing, which is really helpful when ordering online – Hot Topic does not, so I was a little unsure about ordering the smallest size. I was really happy to see that this sweater doesn’t run small, and has a great comfortable fit – perfect for wearing over a few layers in winter.