Friday, January 6, 2017

Christmas Haul 2016: C-3PO from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Today I'm doing another one of those reviews where I'm reviewing a figure that's extremely similar to another one, so I'm just showing you some new pictures, pointing out the new details, and directing you back to the original review. Over the past month or two Hasbro has released two different C-3PO figures: A Resistance Base version from The Force Awakens, available in the eighth series of Black Series Phase III figures, and a Walgreens exclusive classic C-3PO. My guess is that many collectors will opt for this classic one, which means it seems strange for an exclusive, right? Maybe Walgreen's decided they wanted the more recognizable version of the character? Anyways, let's take a look at this guy. I love him and I think you might, too.

 The Facts:

Height: 5 5/8ths

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel shoulder covers, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

* Here's a side by side picture of the two C-3PO figures. Since they're so similar, my thoughts on the first Resistance Base version (Left) apply to the classic version. Here's a link to the Resistance Base version for your reading pleasure!
 The Differences:

* Besides this version of C-3PO obviously having two gold arms, the second difference is that the wires on the midsection are completely different. This C-3PO actually has fewer wires than the Resistance Base version from The Force Awakens. Not really sure why this is (or how accurate it is; looking at a few pictures really didn't help) but it's still nice that there's something physically different between the two figures.

 * The third difference between the two figures is that this C-3PO has the silver lower right leg and foot that many people seem to not remember. This definitely marks this C-3PO as an Original Trilogy version and not a Revenge of the Sith version. Hey, there's another repaint down the line!
I'm giving this C-3PO the same Great and a 1/2 rating I gave the Resistance Base version, as he's still a terrific action figure. Yes, I wish he came apart, or included an Ewok throne or a bag for Chewbacca to carry him in, but he's still a nice figure. I like the attention to detail on this guy, as even if he isn't 100% movie accurate, he certainly feels very true to the character. Walgreen's has done a swell job so far with stocking their exclusives so hopefully this guy is hitting most stores in sizable numbers now. Hasbro really should have put out a new R2-D2 t go along with him, though.

For everyone's favorite protocol droid, I've also reviewed the Black Series Resistance Base version, my daughter's Hero Mashers C-3PO, and Galoob's Classic Characters (2nd Edition) set which he was included in.

For more Black Series figures from Phase III, check out the following:

 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Captain Phasma
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Director Krennic
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo 
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Shock Trooper
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Luke Skywalker 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia Organa
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
X-Wing Pilot Asty 


  1. I'm still hunting this little bugger. Every time I've wanted a Walgreens exclusive, they pile up IN DROVES, and I've got my pick of the litter. I haven't even seen evidence of this guy yet!

    1. I haven't, either. He was a Christmas gift from my parents who travel a bit. I'm sure he'll eventually make it out, though. C-3PO seems like too popular of a character to not produce in mass quantities.


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