STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES (HASBRO)
C-3PO presents an interesting conundrum for toy makers. He’s undoubtedly one of the most distinctive characters in the franchise, and certainly most fans are down for a toy of him. That said, he’s never been particularly action-oriented, so he’s maybe not the easiest sell to kids. If he’s produced in the same numbers as other main characters, he lingers, but if he’s under-produced he goes for silly money. How do you distribute such a character? Revision cases are, for once, not a bad solution.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
C-3PO joins Han as one of the two new figures in the second series of Galaxy of Adventures. He’s only in this assortment right now, and given how things tend to work with 3PO, I wouldn’t be shocked if this is all we see of him for the time being. 3PO had essentially the same look for all three of the original trilogy films, and that’s the one that this figure goes for, which is a decent enough choice. The figure stands a little under 5 inches tall and he has 21 points of articulation. That’s a lower articulation count than the usual, due to the lack of elbow joints. Admittedly, not even the initial Black Series version had those joints, so I can’t fault them for leaving those joints out here. 3PO is sporting another new sculpt for this line, and is again playing into the style of the line as a whole. He’s not super different from how he usually looks, just a little more svelte in the limbs and lower face. It’s kind of halfway between Clone Wars and Droids. It certainly gets all of the appropriate elements to sum up the character, though. If I have one minor complaint about the figure, it’s that his neck is a touch long for my taste, but beyond that, it’s another strong sculpt for the line. 3PO’s coloring is predominantly handled via molded plastic, which works fine, and is certainly better looking on a stylized figure like this than it would be on a more realistic 3PO. The only paint is on the eyes, the wires, and the undersides of his hands. It’s all pretty good on mine, but I know the eyes have been pretty wonky on most samples. 3PO doesn’t have any accessories, but he does have one of the most involved action features of the line. Pressing the button on 3PO’s back sends his head, legs, and left arm flying off, as if he’s just been blasted to parts. Given how frequently 3PO gets knocked apart, this is certainly an appropriate feature for him, and it works pretty nicely, without impeding his actual playability too much.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got 3PO at the same time as Han, again courtesy of Max. I was definitely more interested in Han, but I’m loving the line enough to want to pick everything up right now, and 3PO was along for the ride. He’s a little more gimmicky than most of the line, but it works for him, and he’s still a very fun figure.
I was surprised on how much articulation is on this figure. Despite the gimmick, the figure can still twist at the waist. They didn’t even skimp on the knee and ankle joints. Impressive. When I first got the figure, I thought it didn’t work right because the one arm doesn’t come out, but I guess it was just designed that way.
The articulation on this line in general has been a surprise for me, but yeah, 3PO really showcases it well. I had a similar first experience on the arm, but my buddy Max already had opened his and confirmed for me that it was supposed to work that way, so I didn’t panic so much.