Collection: 30 (77-07)
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: November 2007
TC-14 serves on a Lucrehulk-class Trade Federation battleship as a protocol droid. She provides a diplomatically proper and calming presence that helps the Neimoidians deal with troublesome envoys, such as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who arrive to negotiate an end to the blockade of Naboo.
The opening of Episode I started off with an intriguing opening that really didn’t last throughout the rest of the film. (We’re not starting an anti-Episode I tirade in this review, so please don’t mistake our opening comments as such.) The environments were strangely familiar (after all, it is space) and a recognizable protocol droid (this time with feminine programming) was one of the very first characters to walk across the screen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Although TC-14 looks a great deal like the protocol droids from the Original Trilogy, Lucas sought out to dispel that all droids have masculine programming and as such we find out that TC-14 is actually “female”. An elegant droid with shiny chrome plating, she welcomes two guests (who we quickly find out are Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi) to the Neimoidian vessel and offers them drinks before the supposed meeting was to take place. It never did. Then we see TC-14 walk about from the smoke and laser blasts still holding her survey tray and she is never to be seen again. She is popular by the association of being a protocol droid. And quite frankly, that’s enough reason for us!
Well, not seen again until the Episode I basic figure lineup was released of course. TC-14 was part of one of the final wave of the Episode I line before it and The Power Of The Force lines were cancelled. A new line entitled Power Of The Jedi would be meshing the new Star Wars film with the Original Trilogy (much to the chagrin of many collectors) to make things easier and release action figures under one banner. In short, TC-14 barely had a shelf life and many collectors never saw her or wave mate R2-B1 in stores at all. As such, TC-14 quickly became a first choice candidate for many for the 2007 TAC Saga Legends Fans’ Choice poll. Thankfully she won and was chosen to be released, along with many others, in the “greatest hits” line later that year. Admittedly, while the articulation and even the sculpting on TC-14 is weak at best, we still think she needed another run at retail, so that’s precisely what she got. But her release isn’t technically a “straight” repack as you might assume. You will be able to differentiate the 2007 release from the 2000 release quite easily. There are only a few paint job differences between the 2000 and 2007 figures, but the changes and updates are small and not even really worth documenting.
Status: TC-14 is intended to be a straight repack of 2000's EI TC-14 (Protocol Droid), but it is in fact a slight repaint and retool. The figure has a new 2007 date stamp.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: serving tray, carafe
Date Stamp: 2007
Assortment Number: 84196/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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