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See-Threepio (C-3PO) - OTC - Vintage

Name: See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: The Empire Strikes Back A New Hope
Availability: August 2004
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars trilogy that changed the universe forever, with The Original Trilogy Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

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.

See-Threepio (C-3PO) is wonderfully in scale with the rest of the figures in the VOTC lineup. Aside from the lack of articulation, there is one other detail that we think could have been improved. See-Threepio (C-3PO) tends to have a lightly awkward posture. His stance is a bit bizarre and one leg needs to be placed ahead of the other to maintain a flat balance on any given surface. Because of the limited articulation of the action figure, this “issue” if you see it as that becomes more amplified. Overall, See-Threepio (C-3PO) ranks about average for us. There is absolutely room for improvement, but that doesn’t mean we are unappreciative to Hasbro’s efforts. The only other thing that makes us wish for something different is the packaging. We love the “vintage styled” line look, but it is a shame that Hasbro didn’t place him on a Star Wars card back. See-Threepio (C-3PO) is clearly based on his appearance from Episode IV, but he has been placed on a The Empire Strikes Back card back. We understand why this was done. Hasbro wanted four characters each for every card back style, but See-Threepio (C-3PO) feels a bit out of place because of this. It’s a small gripe, so don’t take it too seriously.

Collector Notes

See-Threepio (C-3PO)

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

UPC: 076930852361

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 1)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia Organa

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 2)
Darth Vader
Lando Calrissian
See-Threepio (C-3PO)

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 3)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)
Boba Fett

Added: May 5, 2013
Category: Original Trilogy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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