The Vintage Collection 3 3/4-Inch Droids Target Exclusive Action Figure
Item No.: No. F5311
Includes: Back panel, thigh panel, chest panel, face panel
Action Feature: Removable panels
Availability: December 2021
Bio: Programmed for etiquette and protocol, Threepio was built by a young Anakin Skywalker, and has been a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. (Taken from marketing copy. There is no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Deco is mostly the same as the 1985 original. Eye paint varies form figure to figure, with many having downward peepers that look iffy. Mine was painted correctly, so when you inevitably order yours online - Target cleared these out months ago - be sure to look at the picture closely. The shoulders, bely, and swimsuit area are brown just like the Kenner original - the hands, too. Weirdly they decided to shade the sides and back of the legs and knees, which were completely yellow on the original. It looks fine, but it's a weird departure and a way to add extra costs that could've been avoided. I love that they kept the blue neck, but the assembly shows some blue that shouldn't be visible - so it's good, but the simplicity of the original didn't translate super well to the new mold layouts.
Given how little love Droids gets, there's nothing they could do to make me skip this one. I'd recommend it for guys my age who are me, but those just wanting a good C-3PO are probably already satisfied with what they own. I assume we'll never see a super-articulated cartoon C-3PO again, so I'd say go ahead and get this one. Just lower those expectations - quality control wasn't the best, and form fit is below average. But it looks cool, so carded fans will no doubt enjoy it and its coin. Hopefully they'll do some other characters. Like, oh I don't know, Vlix. Get this if the price is right, because hey, maybe we'll get some Ewoks some day. It's not like they don't have exploitable molds. Well, mold, at least.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Target.
Day 2,940: July 7, 2022