C-3PO and R2-D2
Star Wars Rebels Mission Series
Item No.: Asst. A5228 No. A8657
Includes: R2-D2 figure
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2014
Appearances: Star Wars Rebels
Bio: C-3PO and R2-D2 unknowingly play a part in helping the Rebels intercept a shipment of Imperial weapons. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: I'm kind of surprised we got cartoon C-3PO and R2-D2 so soon - after all, not a year ago we got movie versions in this very assortment. Articulation was similar, but in some respects this one is a tiny bit better. I like the animated look of the character on the show, which translates fairly well here as an unpainted, gold plastic protocol droid. He has no problems standing or sitting - the hips aren't obstructed - and the hands are posed quite nicely. His palms are black, and there's a silver leg. There's even a hint of glitter in the plastic.
Deco is simple, but even then there are things to watch for - a little black paint around the mouth sometimes has slop, and the eyes aren't consistently sized or aligned. Be sure to take a look at them before you take it to the register. The gold hard plastic torso is also barely a different color than the arms, and depending on the light you might not even notice. It's one of the better C-3POs overall and I assume as not-vac-painted ones go, is going to look better down the road. Some of the gold paint has a strange molting process over time where it starts to molt, turn green, and liquefy - but not always. Gold paint now makes me nervous - so I'm happy this one is unpainted.
Collector's Notes: I got this from Entertainment Earth. I have not seen these figures show up in stores yet.
Day 2,107: November 5, 2014