With all the Star Wars fanfare going on this weekend, it didn’t make a lot of sense to not crank out another Star Wars review, right? Today, I’m looking at a character that has the rare distinction of appearing in the six Skywalker saga films and the Sequel Trilogy too — C-3P0.
In fairness, Hasbro has done some pretty nice C-3P0 figures, but I wanted to have at least a full set of the core characters in the SH Figuarts style. Either that or just wanted to pay more than I needed for a figure that doesn’t need all the extra articulation. Let’s find out if this computes.
Packaging: Yep, it’s the same boring packaging we’ve come to know and love with the wide open window to showcase the figure and most of the accessories. The back shows a few pictures of the figure although not with the usual action poses.
Likeness: All the essential elements from the exposed wire torso, the bent elbows and slightly jutted out hips are exactly how I envision for C-3P0.
This is clearly C-3P0 after his oil bath following being bought by Uncle Owen. There’s none of the grime and dirt from running around on Tatooine. On first, second and third glance, this is C-3P0 lacking any major or subtle issues.
Scale: C-3P0 was just a little taller than Luke Skywalker and Figuarts made sure to keep that accurate scale intact.
Paint: It should be hard to mess up C-3P0’s paint job since it’s mostly gold, the silver shin plate on the right leg and the torso wire work. I don’t think a lot of figures mess that up, but this looks terrific. I like the sheen on the silver shin as well.
Articulation: Here’s where this version of C-3P0 shines. Unlike any other take on C-3P0, Figuarts incorporated a ton of articulation.
His elbow slot actually moves back and forth allowing for better positioning of the arm itself.
The range of movement allows for C-3P0 to do some rare things for his figures like actually sitting down without much trouble. You’ll be able to pull off a lot of expressive poses for C-3P0.
- elbows wrist
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: C-3P0 doesn’t come with a ton of accessories, which to some extent is understandable.
He comes with an alternate head although like too many Figuarts figures, the alternate head isn’t such a major difference from the standard version as it features a dent in the forehead.
C-3P0 does have two other sets of hands – one slightly open and the other to hold something.
Finally, C-3P0 comes with the communicator to help Luke and the gang out with when they’re getting crunched in the trash compactor.
Given that this is a Star Wars version C-3P0, another cool accessory could have been the restraining bolt that Jawas placed on him and RD-D2.
Worth It? I got C-3P0 for just under $50. You might have to do a little digging to get him, but he is available on eBay for just around $65.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Where to Get it? eBay is the best option for this protocol droid or you can try your luck with Amazon.