C-3PO (Removable Limbs) /
SEE-THREEPIO (C-3PO) With Removable Limbs

  (The Empire Strikes Back)

Date Stamp: 1982

Release Date: 1982

Carded Availability:
  The Empire Strikes Back
  Return of the Jedi
  Power of the Force

Assortment No. : 39300

Retail: $2.49

Weapons and Accessories: 

  • Backpack

  • Point of Interest: 
      This figure made its first appearance on The Empire Strikes back 45 back card, replacing altogether the original version of the character, See-Threepio (C-3PO).

    Comments: Arguably, The Empire Strikes Back upped every character's ante, but none quite so much as the prissy protocol droid. That fact, coupled with a cool backpack and nifty ‘action’ feature made the vintage C-3PO (Removable limbs) action figure a sought after toy. Not only that, but retaining the vac-metal finish of the character’s original figure, this new version was really given a stage to show his quality; and it was golden.

    Major Variations: Although all figures have minor variations, the C-3PO (Removable limbs) action figure has one major International variation. The figure was produced in Brazil by Glasslite, the company holding the Star Wars license in that country. Most of their figures look very similar, at first glance, to the standard Kenner release, but not so for C-3PO. Unlike the gold vac-metal finish on the domestic figure, the Glasslite version featured a slightly dull gold non-vac-metal finish. (pictures to come)

    The C-3PO (Removable limbs) sculpt was reused to produce the Droids version of C-3PO.

    This figure shows up in many different shades of gold, and sometimes what appears to be silver, but there is little indication of this being an actual factory variation. In most cases it is either the result of the materials used or fading due to unsatisfactory storage conditions.

    Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.

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