C-3PO & BABU FRIK
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“C-3PO longs for more peaceful times, but his continued service to the Resistance keeps him on the frontiers of galactic conflict.
A tiny, well-regarded droidsmith, Babu Frik can modify virtually any droid, regardless of the security measure protecting its systems.”
Since his later than others entry into the line, C-3PO has been steadily racking up quite an assortment of Black Series figures for himself. Though his look may not change all that drastically throughout the majority of the films, Hasbro has nevertheless seen fit to give us as many of the character’s minor tweaks as they can. He wound up getting at least one figure for all three of the sequel trilogy films (though the Last Jedi figure was only available through Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge park expansion), with his appearance in Rise of Skywalker providing his latest offering, alongside the minuscule droidsmith Babu Frik.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
C-3PO and Babu Frik are a Target-exclusive Black Series offering, which started hitting about a week or two before the movie arrived in theaters last year. The set depicts 3PO as we saw him in much of the promotional material before the film, carrying Chewbacca’s bandolier and bowcaster, and sporting red eyes, as opposed to his usual gold tones. These two things don’t happen at the same time in the final film, but then again, the figure doesn’t require him to be doing everything at once either, making his more of an all-encompassing Rise of Skywalker 3PO. The figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and has 23 points of articulation. This 3PO is a combination of the first 3PO and the improved protocol droid arms from 4-LOM, meaning he can bend his arms. This same change was also seen on 000 and the Galaxy’s Edge 3PO, so it was really just expected here. He gets a new head, sporting a removable backing, allowing for his internals to be revealed, just like in the movie. I’m always skeptical of features like this, lest they not fit properly when popped back into place, but 3PO’s head remains together fairly securely, and I must admit the feature looks pretty darn cool. Beyond that, the construction on 3PO is the same as the first figure, which means it’s a very nice looking sculpt, and was very posable even before the addition of the improved arms. The paintwork on 3PO is pretty decent all around. He is again a flat gold, rather than vac metalized, which I still don’t mind all that much. The gold isn’t quite as bright as the first 3PO, which seems more accurate. He also gets some small silver piping on the arm joints, which we’ve not seen before, as well as the expected extra detailing on the back of the head. The most notable change, though, are the eyes. Like Dryden Vos, they’re therno-sensitive. At room temperature, they’re a standard gold, but when cold, they turn a bright red, like his eyes do briefly in the film. It’s a nifty effect, even if I don’t see myself getting a ton of use out of it. 3PO is packed with Chewbacca’s bandolier and bowcaster, both borrowed from previous figures, as well as a whole nother figure, Babu Frik. Okay, I say he’s a whole figure. That’s perhaps a slight stretch. Babu is certainly more of a figure than I had anticipated; I fully expected an unarticulated mini-figure, but to my surprise, Babu sports ball joints at the shoulders and waist. He’s also got a moving visor, so he can properly work on the back of 3PO’s head. Certainly he is far more impressive figure than I’d initially expected.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This pair was another gift to me from my in-laws. I’d expressed a moderate interest in the pair prior to the film’s release, but wasn’t sure what to expect. After seeing the movie and quite enjoying Babu’s sequence, I was quite happy to open these two up Christmas morning. I was even happier when I actually took them out of their box and discovered just how playable Babu was. Definitely a fun little offering, and a great choice of exclusive.