Star Wars Black Series C-3PO took a while to come out so after years of anticipation, was he worth it?
When Star Wars Black started in 2013 R2-D2 was in the very first wave but as time went on there was no sign of a Star Wars Series Black C-3PO until November 2016 and when he was released, it was as a Walgreen’s exclusive. As can be imagined, collectors weren’t overly pleased by this especially as those who didn’t live near a Walgreens would have to pay higher prices via Ebay.
While C-3PO isn’t the most exciting of characters, his figure kinda is. It’s odd to have a figure with so little articulation that is so enthralling simply because of how much it looks like its movie counterpart, especially at this scale. Hasbro are consistently bad with human faces but droids and helmeted characters they do undeniably well.
The major thing here that will bug more casual Star Wars fans but thrill the hardcore fans is that the Star Wars Black Series C-3PO is screen accurate with his silver leg. It’s been a bone of contention between fans who claim that when Star Wars was originally released in 1977 C-3PO was all gold and George Lucas must have changed it in one of the Special Editions and fans who claim the leg was always silver. In fact it was always silver and was presumably done to give C-3PO some history.
The issue which probably confused fans was that the original figure in 1977 was all gold which was presumably because it was cheaper than making one leg silver. Technically here, the silver is too a deep silver colour whereas the movie version was light and reflective. Then again this whole figure is matt rather than being gloss so none of it is reflective.
Despite the matt finish the figure perfectly captures C-3PO and while it isn’t particularly articulated, neither was C-3PO in the movies.
The picture above is a fair representation of how far he can move as there are no elbow joints at all although the shoulders can rotate. The legs feature standard Star Wars Black Series articulation but a C-3PO on one knee would look somewhat odd.
Star Wars Black Series C-3PO can adopt the “A transport, I’m saved. Over here!” pose if that’s your thing but I’d think that most collectors will just pose him in his static prissy butler pose offering human/cyborg relations. Not in that sense, get your mind out of the gutter!
It’s got a slightly higher than normal price tag but can you have Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, R2 and Obi Wan but not a C-3PO? Not really, so the bullet has to be bitten but once he’s displayed with the others then that finally complete team of heroes will be far more important than the extra few pounds/dollars paid.