Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently made a commitment to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that for every classic Kenner figure, there needs a modern counterpart. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step.
We’re right in alignment with Hasbro in our vintage Kenner database. There are 21 figures under the STAR WARS banner, 29 figures under THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK banner, 31 figures under the RETURN OF THE JEDI banner, and 15 figures under THE POWER OF THE FORCE banner. (Sy Snootles, Max Rebo, Droopy McCool, and Blue Snaggletooth brings the number to an even 100 figures.)
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Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1978’s SW See-Threepio (C-3PO) figure?
2010’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06) is regarded as the closest placeholder.
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
No. To date, two See-Threepio (C-3PO) figures come close to meeting this definition but are still very distant to where they need to be considered definitive. We have 2004’s THE “VINTAGE” ORIGINAL TRILOGY COLLECTION See-Threepio (C-3PO) figure, and then 2010’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06) figure. Both figures are on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK cards. We need this character on a STAR WARS card. Also, both action figures don’t meet “definitive” status definitions.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1978’s STAR WARS See-Threepio (C-3PO) figure?
We’re still waiting for Hasbro to add this figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION on a STAR WARS card. But things become very complicated when determining if we have an action figure that meets definitive status. The VOTC figure is vac-metalized but comes with only four points of articulation. The VC06 figure is super-articulated but comes with features specific to the Prequel Trilogy. It’s also not vac-metalized. Many feel 2006’s THE SAGA COLLECTION C-3PO (With Ewok Throne) (SAGA 042) figure would be the best choice to pack on a STAR WARS card, but others think it still lacks in articulation. The best choice might be to repaint 2009’s THE LEGACY COLLECTION U-3PO Build A Droid figure and repaint it in gold and place it on a STAR WARS card.
If Hasbro didn’t release the figure yet, do we have a near-definitive or definitive release of this character that can be added to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION as a straight repack, repaint, or with little retooling to update it?
At this point, an all-new figure from the ground up is the best way to approach this action figure. Hasbro should get the necessary permission and approval to exceptionally produce a C-3PO figure with vac-metalization exclusively for THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. If not, we suggest the 2009 THE LEGACY COLLECTION U-3PO Build A Droid figure repaint idea.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “See-Threepio (C-3PO)” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
They need to tool an all-new action figure of See-Threepio (C-3PO) and place it on a STAR WARS card. Interestingly, they never deviated from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK card art.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2010’s/2020’s TVC See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06). 11 years/1 year ago.
2004’s VOTC See-Threepio (C-3PO). 17 years ago.
1978’s SW See-Threepio (C-3PO). 43 years ago.
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