Name: TC-70 (Jabba The Hutt's Protocol Droid)
Collection: Legacy Collection 
Number: N/A (Build A Droid)
Source: The Clone Wars (Film)
Availability: October 2013
TC-70 is a figure that is always indirectly enwrapped in scandal or controversy. In 2009, he was part of the highly anticipated Jabba’s Palace Battle Packs set from The Clone Wars line. If you recall, that was the era with one dramatic announcement after another that Hasbro couldn’t cost things out and figures were typically the brunt of the cuts. TC-70 was saved, but there was another figure planned for that Battle Packs set and it got the axe. Thankfully, it was eventually was released as 2010’s The Clone Wars [SOTDS] Nikto Guard as a Toys R Us exclusive. (It didn’t perform that well. We digress.) Now TC-70 also gets released by the skin of its teeth in realistic format in the Amazon.com exclusive Legacy Collection  Droid Factory multipack. While it doesn’t exist by itself, it can be built from the six basic carded figures in this set that each contain one part of TC-70. The Legacy Collection  line was meant to be the active basic figure lineup, but more costing issues and unaffordable production costs forced the Legacy Collection  to be cancelled. But Hasbro had planned much for the line and there were action figures that needed to find a way to get out in the new line.... or in other ways. Thankfully, e-tailer Amazon.com steps up to the plate and takes on a risky exclusive so that those who want these figures can have them. And if there one thing that brings joy in a begrudged six-pack of figures that many collectors don't really want or need, TC-70 is that very thing that will make you happy.
TC-70 is built by the six individual parts contained within the six figures inside of this boxed set. 212th Battalion Clone Trooper, Battle Droid, Black Squadron TIE Pilot, FA-4, Sandtrooper and Sun Fac each contain a part that will form TC-70. The figure utilizes the 3PO-series Build A Droid sculpt. This design was originally released in 2009’s The Legacy Collection for the U-3PO (Build A Droid) figure. We honestly forgot how wonderful that protocol droid sculpt is. You can get so much range of movement, it shuld really be Hasbro's "go to" figure from here on out. The figure is super-articulated, but they are not all premium articulation points. TC-70 has a swivel head, two swivel shoulders, two ball-jointed elbows, two swivel wrists, a ball-jointed torso, two swivel hips, two ball-jointed knees and two ball-jointed ankles. This is an excellently sculpted protocol droid sculpt. In fact, it’s so widely appreciated that collectors have been begging Hasbro for years now to use this sculpt for an all-new C-3PO action figure. Ironically, it’s the kid-focused animated version that has more better articulation points. The figure from 2009’s TCW Jabba’s Palace Battle Packs set has ball-jointed shoulders which is a very important articulation point. Overall, when fully assembled, TC-70 looks pretty fantastic. We just find it odd that Hasbro felt that this particular character needed to be revisited in realistic form when there are so many other protocol droids, both from The Clone Wars and the Star Wars films that should have received this billing first. But that’s just our own two cents.
Status: TC-70 is a rework of the 3PO-series protocol Build A Droid sculpt, first seen with 2009's TLC U-3PO (Build A Droid) figure. It can be built from 6 individual parts split across the following figures:
212th Battalion Clone Trooper – TC-70 right arm
Battle Droid – TC-70 left leg
Black Squadron TIE Pilot – TC-70 right leg
FA-4 – TC-70 body
Sandtrooper – TC-70 head
Sun Fac – TC-70 left arm
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: None
Retail: $0.00 USD
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