STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Designed as a protocol droid, C-3PO’s main programming function is to interact with human society. He is an interpreter fluent in over six million galactic languages, specializing in the areas of etiquette and translation – especially important during diplomatic missions. To aid in these tasks, he is equipped with microwave and olfactory sensors, photoreceptors, vocabulator speech units, energy transducers and broad-band antenna receivers. He was programmed with an elegant, human sounding voice, but more often than not C-3PO is heard whining and bickering with his companion, the astromech droid R2-D2.”
Hey, the Solo product officially dropped yesterday! Yay…I guess? I’ve not yet actually gone out and started tracking all of that stuff down, but I do have a metric ton of *old* Star Wars stuff to review. I’m continuing with the Power of the Force theme I’ve had going for a little while now, and taking look at C-3PO!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
C-3PO was part of the first series of Kenner’s Power of the Force II line, hitting shelves in 1995. He’s the third version of 3PO in the 3 3/4 inch scale, following up on the two from the vintage line. As his design remained essentially the same for the entirety of the Original Trilogy, this figure serves to represent all of those appearances. He stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. For 3PO, this was really about all the movement he’d ever need. The figure’s sculpt is a fairly decent recreation of his film design. As with all of the figures in this line, he was given a slight stylistic change-up, but it’s definitely more minor here than it was on other figures from the same assortment. Compare him to, say, the first Han from this line, and you’ll see that he’s far less dramatically pre-posed and has his overall proportions far less changed from reality. There’s actually a rather impressive level of detail on this figure’s sculpt, even managing to show through the vac-metalizing process and everything. Clearly they had learned from their experience with the vintage line. Interestingly, though it wasn’t a selling point as it would be on later figures, this figure’s legs can be popped out of their sockets with relative ease, allowing for his slightly disassembled look from Empire. Sure, it’s not 100% accurate, but it’s a fun little extra. Though the figure is vac-metalized, that doesn’t mean he lacks paint like his vintage counterparts. He gets the proper detailing for all of his wiring and such at his mid-section, a first for a 3PO figure. The only minor issue with this figure’s paint is his right lower leg, which is gold like the rest of him, instead of its proper silver color. Since the upper and lower leg were all one piece, there was unfortunately no way to do this correctly while still maintaining the shiny finish. 3PO included no accessories, but I’m not sure what you’d actually give him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had 3PO growing up. I don’t actually recall where he came from. Shameful, I know. Over the years, I ended up losing one of the legs, so a replacement was in order. I ended up finding a second one at Yesterday’s Fun while vacationing with my family over the holidays. As far as 3PO figures go, there are certainly better ones out there, but this figure’s actually held up a lot better to the test of time than many of his compatriots.