C-3PO w/ REMOVABLE LIMBS
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“A short stay on Bespin’s Cloud City left protocol droid C-3PO dismantled and dependent on his Rebel companions.”
There’s a bit of difficulty in Star Wars lines to offer decent variants of a handful of the characters, specifically the ones whose designs don’t really change throughout the movies. For instance? C-3PO. He’s got the exact same design in all three of the original films, so any OT-based line definitely has a little trouble differentiating. Fortunately, there’s at least one solid gimme for a 3PO variant: removable limbs. Yep, if you want to really want a good Empire variant of 3PO, all you gotta do is make those limbs removable for his encounter with the Stormtroopers in Cloud City. The vintage line started things off, and Power of the Force II followed suit, with the figure I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
C-3PO with Removable Limbs was added to the Power of the Force line in 1998, and was the line’s third variant of 3PO, following the initial release and the Purchase of the Droids variant. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation…or at least he should, though the waist joint on mine definitely isn’t moving. Stylistically, the sculpt on this guy is really similar to the revamped 3PO sculpt from the Purchase set. Much like the various nearly identical Farmboy Lukes produced later in the line, the two sculpts aren’t really the same, but are virtually indistinguishable for the most part. The main difference between the two, aside from the whole “removable limbs” thing, is the lack of restraining bolt on the upper torso. Also, there’s the removable limbs. Those are a difference, too, I suppose. They come off pretty easily, though the way they attach does ever so slightly impact the posability a little bit. You can still get full range out of them, but they might need to be popped out and repositioned for some poses. Like the “Purchase” figure, this 3PO’s color scheme starts out with the vac metalizing again, but this one takes the grime even further than that figure did, making for what is probably the dirtiest of the PotF 3POs. I’m not entirely sure why the Empire version would be the dirtiest, but I guess it could be worse. 3PO is packed with a cargo bag, perfect for placing him in and allowing him to be carried on Chewbacca’s back.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t have this 3PO figure as a kid, but I remember seeing him on the back of the packaging, and always kind of wanting him to do the whole “carried on Chewy’s back” set-up. I never did get it as a kid, but it was definitely on my short list when I started filling in the holes in my collection. He’s pretty darn nifty.
Thanks to my friends at All Time Toys for setting me up with this guy. They’ve got a decent back stock of Power of the Force, and other cool toys both old and new, so please check out their website and their eBay Store.