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C-3PO (Protocol Droid) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #04)

Name: C-3PO (Protocol Droid)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #04
Source: The Phantom Menace/Attack Of The Clones/Expanded Universe (Attack Of The Clones Deleted Scene)
Availability: April 2002
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

Built but left unfinished by Anakin Skywalker ten years earlier, C-3PO longs to be fully assembled. While living with Cliegg Lars and his family on a moisture farm near Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine, C-3PO finally receives his first outer casing when he is visited by Anakin and Padmé.

It’s quite astounding how sharply a character’s background story can turn once the established cannon is jeopardized by a new “more important” storyline like a movie or something. That’s a very verbose way of saying that what we know about of a character seems to change at the drop of a hat anymore in Star Wars. Thankfully, Attack Of The Clones made things simple for C-3PO, a character who was basically the equivalent of a nervous system in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It was in Episode II that we see him “fully clothed” and without his parts showing in mismatched plating. He received this covering while staying at the Lars homestead. It was a happy reunion of sorts when Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala return to Tatooine in search of his mother and came across a more completed C-3PO. Sadly, the happy reunion would turn to grief as he recovered his barely alive mother who quickly died in his arms in the Tusken Raider nomadic camp. No part of how C-3PO actually received his new plating was revealed in the film, but Hasbro has given collectors more of an inkling with the release of C-3PO (Protocol Droid) in the Star Wars “Saga” line.

Rumors exist that there was a deleted scene in Episode II that actually showed C-3PO receiving his outer coverings. This rumor is aided to be accepted as proof thanks to the Hasbro action figure. For C-3PO (Protocol Droid) comes packaged in his Episode I configuration with eight separately sculpted panels and a storage box to recreate the supposed scene in Attack Of The Clones when the protocol droid received his temporary outer “skin”. The figure has some merit, but hardcore collectors may find the gimmick of adding his panels annoying as the aesthetics are ultimately ruined thanks to a final bulky appearance and quite honestly ill-fitted parts. Plus, with only six points of articulation, C-3PO (Protocol Droid) can’t give you any meaningful articulation. In fact, moving him too abruptly may result in one or more of the panels to come loose and detach from the figure. The sculpt of C-3PO (Protocol Droid) isn’t great either. Even with all of the panels removed resulting him to look like his Episode I appearance, the figure is wonky. His legs are much too close together and he has an awful center of gravity. Very little is “right” with this action figure sadly.

C-3PO (Protocol Droid) will no doubt interest younger collectors. Admittedly, piecing him together is remotely interestingly. And the pieces fit together like a puzzle as each piece is meant for a specific part of the body. Obviously the head, chest, arm, and thigh panels are meant for only one spot, but the shin panels look as if they’re almost interchangeable with each other. This is not the case at all, so make sure you have a good fit. Collectors have to accept that the Star Wars “Saga” line will be loaded with action features and gimmicky additions. C-3PO (Protocol Droid) may not be a traditional action figure, but it does have a little bit of charm. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not crazy about this figure, but it will certainly resonate with young Star Wars fans. And all is not lost on this action figure. It does have a relatively excellent paint job. It doesn’t have the diversity of the C-3PO figure from the Episode I line and it isn’t manufactured nearly as well, but it holds its own in its own unique way. C-3PO (Protocol Droid) will not be an action figure for everyone. But it’s still cool to own this version of him which by default is technically an Expanded Universe take on him.

Collector Notes

C-3PO (Protocol Droid)

Status: C-3PO (Protocol Droid) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 6 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 10

Accessory Details: removable face plate, removable chest plate, 2 removable arm plates, 2 removable thigh plates, 2 removable shin plates, storage case (2 parts)

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84856/84851

UPC: 076930848562

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: December 4, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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