Name: See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
The Empire Strikes Back A New Hope
Availability: August 2004
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Sometimes as Star Wars collectors we have to sacrifice articulation for aesthetics. The problem is that so many of us are unwilling to accept this sentiment. But if you carefully inspect the all-new sculpt of 2004’s VOTC See-Threepio (C-3PO) action figure, you’ll find that the sculptors at Hasbro really did a fine job with it, even if it comes minimally articulated. One thing that prevents a great deal of articulation from being added to a protocol droid action figure like C-3PO is the need to vac-metalize it. This method of deco is really necessary to bring out the most natural aesthetics of these characters into action figure form. But what results is the need to include only the basic points of articulation to prevent the action figure from chipping its shiny coat of metallic finish. In the case of See-Threepio (C-3PO), collectors are treated to a brilliantly decorated action figure. It’s easily one of the finest paint jobs we have seen on See-Threepio (C-3PO). But some may be frustrated to know that the action figure only comes with six points of articulation, one of which is essentially useless.
The 2004 VOTC See-Threepio (C-3PO) action figure created more issues for collectors than the standard action figure anyway. Firstly, the figure shipped in only one revision assortment of the second wave in the VOTC line. This simply means that his production numbers were about half of the rest of the line. To top it off, if you were fortunate enough to find one, the chances that your sample came with nicely painted eyes was almost laughable. The “pupils” of his “eyes” were typically all over the map as far as how equidistant they were painted from the circumference of the round photoreceptors. This means that C-3PO was looking everywhere but straight ahead. The aesthetics resulting from this “error” were bothersome at best. We rummaged through multiple samples and found only a few that had decently painted eyes. It is believed that it’s a good bet you currently own a sample with this issue as well. Despite issues with the eyes, See-Threepio (C-3PO) overall had a genuinely beautiful paint job. It is our guess that his finish was inspired from when he was lost in the desert after crashing onto Tatooine in the capsule. There is plenty of dirt, grease and grime covering him from head to toe. And it truly looks realistic.
Status: See-Threepio (C-3PO) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 6 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel torso (inhibited movement), 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 85236/85213
Retail: $9.99 USD
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