Star Wars: C-3P0 Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles Review

The Sideshow Toys/Hot Toys Star Wars figure collector bug hit me last year. Going back and finding older figures is sometimes hard and somewhat pricey. Keeping up with the new releases is also very expensive.

For average collectors who can even afford these things, picking and choosing who or what you want in your collection is difficult. When they announced C-3P0 was coming, price was no concern and he was preordered immediately.

Knowing the great work Sideshow has done on the figures I already got my hands on, I was very anxious to get this figure. I think he was supposed to be released some time in November, 2015, but I didn’t get this figure delivered near the end of January. That only built my anticipation.

C-3P0 comes in the similar Star Wars packaging that collectors are familiar with so MIB collectors remain happy. Like I said in my Obi-Wan review, I’m opening these guys up, although I’m mostly a MIB/MIP collector (Mint in Box/Mint in Package, for those of you wondering), but keeping the boxes pristine in case I want to sell anything down the road.

Inside you’ll find C-3P0 all snug in the plastic holder. I didn’t find any difficulties taking any of the items out of the box. I also didn’t have anything broken due to packaging or delivery. Besides the figure, in the box there is a stand, two restraining bolts, a Death Star comlink, and because I ordered the Sideshow exclusive right from their website, I also received the battle damaged shoulder which I’ll take a closer look at later.

As you can see, this C-3Po is from Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope. He has that neglected and worn out look to him – a little dirty with some rust – perfect to recreate his time on Tatooine. He’s in a 1/6th scale with the majority of the Star Wars collectibles Sideshow produces, which means 12″ is the average size of the figures.. He is exactly 12″tall.

This figure has over 40 points of articulation and amazing attention to detail. Below, you can see he has articulated ankles, knees and legs. You have to love that they showed his golden colour fading on his right leg to where it’s eventually all gone, just like in the movie. His midsection area still has some give to let you have him crunch just a bit forward or back and side to side. The wires are sculpted on and painted individually and in hand, it works very well to replicate C-3P0’s build.

Both of C-3P0’s arms are articulated at the shoulder, wrist, and the elbows. I will say this: you have to be VERY careful when posing and moving him at the elbows. As you can see in the pictures, they nailed C-3P0’s rods and pistons very well, but they are delicate. The rods feel like they could easily break and if you put too much pressure trying to get the rod glide through the groove, it may snap. I had to gently work both joints and move the elbows so slowly to ensure that no extra pressure would be put on the arms. I’m happy to report that, while stiff at first, I had no issues. I read others weren’t so lucky.

The restraining bolts C-3P0 comes with (placed on him by a Jawa) are placed on the right side of his chest. The bolts are magnetized and you have to find the sweet spot for it to stay. Sudden jolts can allow it to fall off and I think that’s why Sideshow gave two bolts with the figure – a “just in case” for the collector that may lose something. Good call!

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The majority of the articulation points come courtesy of C-3P0’s hands. I applaud Sideshow for attempting to nail down every detail for C-3P0. Every joint of each of his fingers can bend. Some not very much, but they do bend nonetheless. That’s 14 points of articulation on each hand. I read that some people had some thumbs put on backwards and that some fingers wouldn’t bend. I will say, just like the pistons near the elbow joint, you have to be very careful working these as well. I’m still not sure I’ve played with the full potential of them as they are delicate and I don’t want to risk breaking them. I’ve gotten the poses I wanted out of them, so I’m not pressing my luck.

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The one little issue I had while trying to carefully pose the fingers was one of the little pistons (or whatever they are) on top of his hand came off. A small dab of crazy glue fixed it, but it’s another area where you have to watch what you’re doing.

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One of the great features of this figure is how Sideshow added light-up eyes on C-3P0 and how they are activated. To get them to work, you have to put the batteries (included) in just below his neck. You have to grab firmly just under his neck and pull the head off. I didn’t have any issues doing this although I’ve read people have damaged their figures. I don’t know how as the head gave way with no issue and I snapped it back in easily. It didn’t affect the head/neck movement either. When you want to turn the lights in his eyes on, all you have to do is gently tap the back of his head with your finger. Easy on/easy off.

I mentioned earlier that I ordered the Sideshow exclusive version. As a bonus, I received the damaged shoulder to recreate C-3P0 after the attack from the Tusken Raiders on Tatooine before ol’ Obi-Wan made the save. You take the left arm out of the socket and just pop the damaged upper arm in. The gold shoulder cover can actually pop off, so you need to make sure it’s in place as you put the damaged shoulder in. The wires are just painted plastic and does the job although I think it would have been neat to see some actual wires that you could move around a bit, but that’s just nit-picking. You can also see the arm joint from the picture I took of the left arm when I popped it out.

C-3P0 lacks the amount of accessories other Star Wars figures from Sideshow have come with, especially if you didn’t get the exclusive version. While that does seem disappointing at first, when you play around with the figure and see how much work they put into the details like trying to nail the piston joints in the elbows, getting worn look right, going full out with articulated fingers AND creating a useful light up feature, you can see where the value is. I will say they didn’t do a good job with the stand. It’s just a plain black stand with no face-plate and the logo is on the bottom. Some collectors may like that, but I would have preferred a stand that falls in line like the Hot Toys figures, seeing how they’re rocking Episode IV figures.

I’m a happy customer and I think they did a very good job with C-3P0. The nerve wracking experience with the finger articulation and the pistons at the elbows does bring my overall score down, as I’m scared to death to pose this guy that much so nothing breaks. When you pay a lot of dough for these guys, you don’t want anything to go wrong with them. If you’d like to grab one, he’s $229.99 US on Sideshow’s webpage.

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