Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 3 of 6
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: June 2008
The Alliance's command center on Hoth includes the diverse tactical expertise of the impetuous Han Solo and the protocol droid R-3PO.
As the 30 (77-07) line was dying in the early summer of 2008, Hasbro teased us of things to come with the new pack-in premium that would be included in basic figures with and incredible set of figures in the Walmart Droid Factory exclusive. Six great sets of characters culled from across the entire Star Was saga were made and needed to be purchased together in order to form the very first Build A Droid figure, C-3PX. The sets were extremely popular and sold very well (although some collectors could find them on clearance by the end of their shelf life). But perhaps even more exciting than the C-3PX Build A Droid figure was the droid included in each set as part of the two-pack. These sets gave us never-before-received droids as well as upgrades to previously released versions (depending upon your point of view). While new doesn't always mean better, the Droid Factory definitely gave us the latest sculpts available for the figures. One of these sets, the Han Solo/R-3PO provided collectors with a new take on the 2007 VTSC Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) figure as well as an arguable upgrade to 2004's SW R-3PO (Hoth Evacuation) ('04 #02) figure. The set was of course based on Episode V and it gave collectors two great figures for a very fair price. Oh, and it included a droid part to build yet another figure too. Han Solo/R-3PO comes with C-3PX's left leg.
There have been multiple comments from eagle-eyed collectors that there were in fact two different red-colored protocol droids at Echo Base. If you compare the 2004 SW R-3PO (Hoth Evacuation) ('04 #02) figure to this Droid Factory R-3PO, you will find that the two protocol droids vary quite a bit. In fact, the variances are very obvious, you may just be able to consider them as the two separate red 3PO droids. Each R-3PO figure has its strong points and weak points and we kind of wish that the best points from each were used to make the definitive version of this droid. The Droid Factory R-3PO is a repaint of the 2006 TSC C-3PO With Ewok Throne figure so you know this figure has more articulation than the 2004 figure (as well as more authenticity). However, the 2004 version has a stunning paint job that has not made its way to the Droid Factory R-3PO. Gone are the weathering, battle-damage, scrapes and scratches. R-3PO looks a little bit too clean and it is a shame that extra attention to this detail wasn't given to the droid. Great paint jobs can add a whole new level of quality to figures and we must admit that while we love the sculpt of R-3PO, we love the 2004 figure's paint job much better. But we love the new R-3PO's articulation much better. So we are torn ourselves about this.
Assortment Number: 87816/12980
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Status: Han Solo is a kit-bash/repaint of 2007's VTSC Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) figure. This time the figure has a new head with the hood up and detachable two-position goggles.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: BlasTech DL-44 heavy blaster pistol, removable goggles, macrobinoculars
Date Stamp: 2007
Status: R-3PO is a rework of 2006's TSC C-3PO With Ewok Throne (SAGA 042) figure.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: swivel, 2 swivel shoulders, ball-jointed waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-joint knees
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2006
Collection Droid Factory
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