Star Wars: C3PO
Retail: $229.99 @ BigBadToyStore
What can I say? I love droids! My favorites are the Astromech droids, but no R2D2 is complete without his C3PO. I was super excited to see Sideshow Collectibles offering him to accompany their R2D2 release.
This C3PO figure will not disappoint!
He comes packaged in a book-end style box. His pictures are prominently displayed on all sides, except the top and bottom, and when you open the magnetically attached front cover, the box displays C3PO in all of his glory. None of his accessories are viewable, though.
Has an amazing 43 points of articulation thanks to is articulating fingers:
- Ball-and-socket at the neck (x1)
- Swivel joints at each shoulder (x2)
- Hinges at each elbow (x2)
- Swivel joints at each wrist (x2)
- Finger hinges on each hand (x28)
- Ball-and-socket at mid-torso (x1)
- Ball-and-socket at waist (x1)
- Ball-and-socket at each hip (x2)
- Hinges at knees (x2)
- Ball-and-socket at each ankle (x2)
The great thing about this figure is the crazy amount of detail Sideshow put into him. The dents, rust, and weather add a bit of realism. All the little gears, pistons, wires, and sensors look really nice. My favorite feature though … his light up eyes.
There aren’t many accessories here. He comes with a comm device, two restraining bolts, and a stand. There is, according to the instruction manual, an exclusive version of the figure that has a damaged arm. I didn’t know about him, or I would have sprung for him. The restraining bolts are magnetic and will attach to 3PO’s chest. Getting him to hold the comm device is difficult, but with a little patience, you can make it happen.
- Playability – 4 out of 5. C3PO offers a lot of nice play features, but he is meant for adult collectors. The tiny pistons and some of the senors seem a bit fragile.
- Collectibility – 4 out of 5. I like the book-end packaging on collector’s figures, and this one is nice. The magnetic feature is cool, but I would have liked to see the accessories displayed better.
- Paint Applications – 4 out of 5. Beautiful! As I said above, the weather and rust effects are so cool. I was a little disappointed that there was some packaging wear on his back end. The paint had rubbed off just slightly.
- Standability – 5 out of 5. He stands well. The ball-and-socket joints at his ankles makes standing him easy, but the inclusion of the stand was a good choice.
- Articulation – 5 out of 5. 43 points! Whoop! How often do you get articulated fingers?
- Accessories – 2 out of 5. I was really disappointed here. 3 accessories (0ne of which is a duplicate) and a stand do not make for a happy figure collector. He could have come with a ton of other accessories. Plus, finding out I missed out on the exclusive bummed me out.
- Affordability – 2 out of 5. $229.99 is steep. Note that this category is affordability, not worth – he is worth every penny. Hardcore collectors expect to pay these prices, but the tag is hefty for casual fans.
Overall impression: 26 out of 35. C3PO is a solid, well done collector’s figure. He stands nicely next to R2D2 and hardcore collector’s will be glad to have him.
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