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

Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]

Adjusted Source: The Phantom Menace/Attack Of The Clone Deleted Scene

Number: ‘02 #04

Availability: April 2002

License: Hasbro

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C-3PO (Protocol Droid)

General Analysis

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 astounding how sharply a character’s background story can turn once the established canon can get altered by a new and perhaps “more important” storyline from a movie or something. That’s a lengthy way of saying that what we know about a character seems to change at the drop of a hat anymore in Star Wars. Thankfully, Attack Of The Clones kept things simple for C-3PO, a character who was the equivalent of a nervous system in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In Episode II, we see the character “fully clothed” and without the internal parts showing thanks to mismatched plating. C-3PO received this covering while staying at the Lars homestead. It was a happy reunion of sorts when Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala returned to Tatooine searching for his mother and then 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. How C-3PO received the new plating wasn’t revealed in the film, but Hasbro gave collectors some of the deleted content with the release of C-3PO (Protocol Droid) in the Star Wars “Saga” line. We now have an inkling of how it all went down.

Rumors exist that a deleted scene in Episode II showed C-3PO receiving the outer coverings. This rumor tends to be accepted as proof, thanks to the Hasbro action figure. Hasbro packaged C-3PO (Protocol Droid) in the “Episode I” configuration along with eight separately sculpted panels, as well as a storage box to recreate the supposed chopped scene in Attack Of The Clones when the protocol droid received the temporary outer mixed gray panels. The figure has some merit, but hardcore collectors may find the gimmick of adding the panels annoying as the aesthetics are ultimately ruined by how the figure looks “completed.” C-3PO (Protocol Droid) has a bulky appearance and ill-fitted parts. Plus, with only six articulation points, C-3PO (Protocol Droid) can’t give you any meaningful movement. Moving the limbs too abruptly may result in one or more panels to come loose and detach from the figure. The sculpt of C-3PO (Protocol Droid) isn’t incredible either. With all of the panels removed, the figure looks wonky and not like what we see in Episode I. The legs are much too close together, and C-3PO has an awful center of gravity. Very little is “right” with this release, sadly.

C-3PO (Protocol Droid) will no doubt interest younger collectors. Admittedly, piecing together the loose parts does create interest. The pieces fit together like a puzzle as each piece is for a specific part of the body. The head, chest, arm, and thigh panels are for only one spot, but the shin panels look as if they’re interchangeable with each other. They’re not. So make sure you choose wisely to ensure a good fit. Collectors have to accept that the Star Wars “Saga” action figures come 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 undoubtedly resonate with younger Star Wars fans. And honestly, 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 unique way. C-3PO (Protocol Droid) will not be an action figure for everyone. But it’s still cool to own this version of the fussy protocol droid, which by default is technically an Expanded Universe take.

Collector Notes

C-3PO (Protocol Droid)

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

Articulation Count: 6 points (6 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 10

Accessory Details: removable face plate, removable chest plate, removable left arm plate, removable right arm plate, removable left thigh plate, removable right thigh plate, removable left shin plate, removable right shin plate, 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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