I love / hate today’s set, 5002948 C-3PO.
First of all, the picture on the polybag is grossly misrepresenting the figure you actually get. It looks way shinier than it actually is, looking almost chrome like. Mentioning chrome and C-3PO is bound to put fans in a tizzy. Anyone seeing this polybag for the first time not knowing what the deal is would think that this is the new Chrome C-3PO only to be sadly disappointed at the Pearl Gold one that comes out of the bag.
The other thing I hate about it is that the head is not the same color as the body and legs. It matches the right hand though so that is at least something. Bricklink lists all the parts as Pearl Gold, but they do not match up.
Now, aside from the things I hate, there are some things I really like. There is printing out the wazoo on this thing. It has both arm and side-leg printing giving it an unprecedented level of detail for a C-3PO figure.
One last thing that I want to mention is that the movie never really explains how C-3PO got his red left arm. If I recall correctly, it was explained in some Star Wars comic book after the movie came out, but to this day I still don’t know its origin story. I suppose it is the Sequel Trilogy’s silver leg, but whatever. Not that it needs an explanation. I just assume that he lost his arm somehow and got a red one. Because what more do you need to know? Was it a garbage disposal accident? Was it shot off? This isn’t really a fault of the minifigure itself, just a weird decision J.J. Abrams decided to go with.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This thing rocks! I think it was a Toys’R’Us exclusive and fairly easy to get. If not, and if he’s still missing from your collection, he is not too expensive to get on the aftermarket. He is really nicely detailed, almost too nice for a polybag minifigure. Or maybe it’s the right amount? Either way, this C-3PO is fantastic.
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