Name: C-3PO And R2-D2
Number: Item #71761
Edition Size: 200 (Exclusive)
Scale: Premium Format Figures
Source: A New Hope
Availability: July 2013
License: Sideshow Collectibles
These ARE The Droids You're Looking For...
Nearly 30 years ago, moviegoers were awed by the opening moments of Star Wars. After the immense Imperial Star Destroyer passed overhead in hot pursuit of the Rebel Blockade Runner, the audience was drawn inside the Tantive IV and introduced to two of the most memorable and beloved characters from the Star Wars universe, C-3PO and R2-D2. In George Lucas' vision, droids can be heroes or villainous bounty hunters - but the galaxy holds as much promise for droids as it does for any other being, be they humanoid or Hutt. The adventures and antics of the fussy protocol droid and his stalwart astromech companion have inspired and entertained generations of Star Wars fans. C-3PO and R2-D2 have forever changed popular culture.
Let us get it out in the open right from the start. The C-3PO And R2-D2 Premium Format Figure set is a complete and utter rip-off and it actually infuriates us that high-end collectible have reached “unaffordable” status for the hoi polloi. We know the products are getting better and better and Sideshow Colelctibles is trying to bring very complicated characters into this format, but something has got to give. While beautifully done, C-3PO And R2-D2 are plastic: high quality or otherwise. It’s a very bitter pill to swallow. But while we think the suggested MSRP is about the most egregious thing we have encountered so far this year, this Premium Format Figure set is stunning on so many levels that it almost takes the pain away from dropping hundreds of dollars on two up-scaled plastic figures. And it’s almost impossible to process what Sideshow Collectibles did to make these figures as incredible as they are. There are a multitude of positives that Sideshow Collectibles have worked into these two figure and they should be commended for their spectacular works. There probably will never be a better collectible format of these two characters, especially when compared to what statues can bring into Star Wars collecting. These 1:4 scale versions of our favorite droid duo are almost breathtaking. And what you’ll find immediately pleasing are the complicated electronics that have been worked into the figures (especially R2-D2). But don’t be completely distracted by just the electronics. There are many other finer details that are just as impressive even if they don’t light up, like the gears and mechanics of each droid. You will be impressed, you will be wowed and you’ll probably wish you had another wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket so you can get these droids in the general market “dirty” versions on the Tatooine environmental display base too. C-3PO And R2-D2 are simply stunning collectibles that has met every stringent demand as far as we’re concerned. Let’s see how successful we are in “selling” them to you.
C-3PO is indeed one of the most brilliant 1:4 scale Premium Format Figures to date. While excellent, he is the weaker of the two in this set. It’s not that he pales in comparison to R2-D2 because that’s not the case at all. But his strengths lie in his articulation more than anything else. Would you believe that Sideshow Collectibles has worked in an astounding ten points of articulation into him? For a collectible that for all intents and purposes should be deemed a statue, that’s remarkable as far as we’re concerned. What’s more, Sideshow has also added electronics that all fit behind his removable face plate to light up his photoreceptors. (The face plate stays attached thanks to two very strong magnets.) There are actually three separate “bulbs” per “eye” that light up. Its not just a background of light igniting. It’s very, very impressive. Multiple points of articulation have been incorporated into each of C-3PO’s arms. Sideshow actually worked in gorgeous pistons and gears that really function when you move his arms. around. A combination of swivel and hinge-jointed articulation give C-3PO his seamless upper body movement. His motions are natural screen accurate. We definitely are thankful to Sideshow Collectibles for adding these very fine points of detail to give C-3PO a mind-blowing amount of screen accuracy. The gold plating is shiny and sterling and you’ll get a nervous stomach if you accidentally bump into it and leave a fingerprint behind. C-3PO also comes with his signature silver leg and that has been replicated beautifully as well. The last detail is one we love. A separately sculpted (and magnetic) restraining bolt has been designed to fit onto a prong on his chest (should you decide to display him as a captive of the Jawas (or Luke Skywalker for that matter). He plugs into a Yavin themed base (R2-D2 just sits atop of his) and leans ever so slightly to the side in a moment of perplexity or quandary. His articulation gives him even more personality than his appearance and his shiny gold body has never looked better.
Status: Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce the highly anticipated C-3PO and R2-D2 Premium Format figure set. Presented in 1:4 scale, the iconic droid duo is crafted with stunning attention to detail. C-3PO comes to life in any number of poses to perfectly capture the anxious protocol droid's fretful and proper personality. The resourceful astromech droid, R2-D2 is fully equipped for his many daring adventures, and features a retractable center leg and working wheels. The inseparable droids are individually hand painted and finished and boast brilliant LED light up components; a must have addition to any Star Wars collection.
Articulation: C-3PO – swivel neck, 2 hinge-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel biceps, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist
Articulation: R2-D2 – swivel dome, opening datalink door, articulate datalink, 2 opening vertical panels, 2 swivel legs, slide-out third leg, 3 hinge-jointed feet, 3 ball-socket holoprojectors
Assembly: C-3PO – C-3PO, removable face plate, environmental display stand
Assembly: R2-D2 – R2-D2, removable dome, environmental display stand
Sideshow Exclusive: clean paint operations and separate Yavin themed bases
Date Stamp: 2013
Retail: $774.99 USD
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