CHEWBACCA & C-3PO
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Encountering a Stormtrooper in Cloud City, C-3PO was blasted at point blank range and his limbs were scattered. Chewbacca gathered the parts of the protocol droid and partially reassembled him.”
Remember when I was talking about C-3PO’s late entry into The Black Series, just three days ago? Well, lucky him, he’s gotten not one, but two exclusive figure releases right on top of each other. I suppose he’s just finally getting the due he deserves. While the last figure was based on 3PO’s most recent appearance, this one goes back to the original trilogy, and gives us a dedicated Empire Strikes Back 3PO. You can’t really have an Empire 3PO without a proper Empire/Jedi Chewy to carry him around. So, one-two-boom, here they are, in one convenient Amazon-exclusive package!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Chewbacca and C-3PO are, as noted in the intro, are an Amazon-exclusive pairing, which was listed for pre-order shortly after Force Friday and started shipping in November. The two are packaged in a box that’s similar in size to the deluxe-size package used for Grievous, which is a lot smaller than previous two-pack boxes. It makes this feel a little less like a two-pack, and more like a deluxe Chewbacca that includes 3PO as an accessory.
For his first (and previously only OT-based) Black Series figure, we got Chewy based on A New Hope. While his look is more or less the same in all of the original films, there were some slight changes in his look from A New Hope to Empire, mostly to do with how the hair on his head sat. For the later movies Chewy was all about “bangs” game. We got our first taste of a Chewy with bangs on the Target-exclusive Solo-based figure, but those weren’t *quite* right for a vintage Chewy, and he had the wrong bandolier. This one aims to be the definitive secondary Chewbacca. He stands just shy of 8 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Like the last Chewbacca, this one borrows heavily from the first Black Series Chewbacca. This one gets yet another new head and upper torso, but keeps the standard bandolier that the Solo version ditched (hence the need for a new upper torso with only one bandolier imprint, rather the the v-shape of the Solo release). While I had some issues with the mold when it debuted, at the very least, the mold quality has improved, and so now the parts sit better together, making for a better looking figure overall. The new head’s the main focus of the figure, of course, with the slightly looser hair on his head, as well as a more relaxed expression, which feels more in line with Chewy’s more reserved status as the trilogy progressed. I liked the improvements of the Solo sculpt a lot, but this does even better, and makes for the most cohesive Chewbacca sculpt to date. The paintwork on this figure largely a match for the Solo version, which is a plus, since that was a solid paint-app. The transitions are much more subtle, and the eyes are more lifelike than the original Chewbacca, resulting in a much more natural-looking take on the character. As a late-in-the-movie version of the character, this Chewy is after he’s lost his bowcaster. So, instead of that, he’s got a stolen Imperial blaster, borrowed from one of the proper Stormtroopers.
Ho boy, it’s another C-3PO. It’s been days. Days, I tell you. As noted in the intro, this guy is based on 3PO’s appearance in Empire. It’s not really much different from his appearance in the previous film (which is what the first Black Series figure was based on). The color of the foot changes, and he’s a little messier. In terms of construction, he’s using the same combined 3PO/4-LOM set-up as the 3PO I looked at three days ago, but this time around he gets the relaxed 3PO hands, instead of the posed 4-LOM hands. It’s still a good sculpt, so I’ve got no complaints. The paintwork follows the Target-exclusive’s lead, going for a slightly duller gold, which looks a bit more movie accurate. In contrast to the very clean 3POs we’ve gotten previously, this one’s also got some serious dirt and grime, no doubt gotten when he got all blasted apart. The main gimmick to this guy is the ability to pop his arms and legs off, simulating the major damage 3PO takes while in Cloud City. In order to complete this look, he also has wire attachments that connect to each of his joints to replace the missing limbs. They don’t really stay in place, but they do the job, and they look convincing. He also has a net bag for Chewy to carry him in, completing the whole look.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve always dug this particular set-up for these two characters, with the Star Wars Saga release being my go-to Chewbacca for years, and the Applause plastic statue thing being literally the only one of those things I ever owned. I’ve also been jonesing for a proper Empire/Jedi Chewy, since we had the rest of the main cast from Empire. Needless to say, I was on board for this set when it was first shown, and I was definitely happy to get this pair from my parents for Christmas. I’m very happy with both figures included, and they’re my default versions of both characters.