Released December, 2003
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on December 19, 2003
Despite being just another protocol droid, Hasbro sculpted R-3PO from an existing figure and added enough to it to make it seem both new and amazingly great.
This figure is packaged with a base.
Built on the base of the Droid Factory C-3PO from Episode 2, this figure is a mishmash of new and old parts.
The torso has been partially resculpted from the C-3PO release, and the hole in the back has been filled in. The arms are no longer removable, nor are the legs or head. The head seems to be resculpted and no longer has the magnet, and the arms are brand new. The legs have been altered slightly, but not significantly.
While there isn't much you can do with a protocol droid head, Hasbro managed to make the eyes light up with life by painting them a metallic gold color that, in the right lighting causes them to virtually glow against the dark faceplate. The black coloring applied to the red plastic gives the face and the figure's entire body a world of detail I wouldn't have expected from Hasbro, and the result is quite staggering.
Jointed at the neck, shoulders, and hips, he can only really move at the shoulders and neck and isn't capable of sitting especially well. Still, the poses he can assume are full of life and this figure is a much more interesting specimen than most of Hasbro's recent offerings.
As far as coloring goes, he's more or less right on the money. If you look at photographs of R-3PO, you'll see there are a lot of silver lines on his person which didn't make it to the toy. While this is no big loss, it's a fairly significant detail that was lost in translation to plastic. Aside from that, the deco is great. The wires on the belly, the eyes, and the bits and pieces here and there Hasbro decided to highlight all turned out very well and the end result will probably bring a huge smile to the faces of all the robot fans out there.
While not an impressive concept, and certainly not anything that hasn't been tried before, R-3PO is a surprisingly satisfying figure that really eneds to be seen up close.
This set includes a base.
He has a base. He can stand on the base. In the movie, he pretty much only could stand anyway. As such, this is a fair choice for an accessory even if it is a little dull. He has no problems using it.
I connected this to a second base of its type and they don't seem to want to connect very well. This is a little disappointing, but not a big deal. Frankly, I'm just glad to see Hasbro producing stands for these things since so many desparately need them. I am happy to report, though that R-3PO does not.
For 2004, the late-2003 revision is still being employed. More of the same, folks.
This series of figures has yet to hit retail establishments, and as such it's a little tough to find outside the Web. It's assumed more will show up near the end of the year.
Best droid ever?
Despite the fact he can't do much, he just looks awesome and is a great addition to any Hoth Rebel Base diorama. The coloring is just excellent, the very small amount of snow on his feet is a lovely touch, and he just has a surprising amount of personality for an artificial life form that exists as a toy. It's really quite slick, and if it's a sign of things to come from Hasbro in 2004 we're in for a whole mess of treats.
For some reason, I'm enamored with this toy. I think this is one of the best figures I've seen in months next to the Super Posable Clone Trooper and I can't say enough about how much I dig it, despite the fact that when you try to get it down on paper, there really isn't much to this figure. Still, for anyone wondering if it's worth going out of your way to get this one, the answer is a resounding yes. It's just really neat and a fine example of Hasbro trying new ways to use old molds. The new arms were a really nice touch, and I hope to see more protocol droids done using this mold.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in December 2003.