June 10, 2015 – Poor C-3PO. The sometimes-bumbling droid that somehow manages to find himself in the thick of battle may have lost yet another limb – again!
Recall that Threepio was cobbled together by a very young Anakin Skywalker (played by Jake Lloyd) in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). He then lost his head in Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). He was nearly disintegrated by a stormtrooper in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). And then his eye was torn out of its socket by a hyena-laughing Salacious Crumb in Return of the Jedi (1983).
Durability is not C-3PO’s middle name. As our golden droid readily admits: “We seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life.”
Several weeks ago, JediNews.com was the first to leak grainy images of a possibly different-looking C-3PO on promotional products. Now comes a clearer image from someone in Mexico who tweeted this image:
Is C-3PO sporting a RED left arm? Was he in yet another battle, and why is the replacement arm red? And how did this soda can end up in Mexico, well before the September 4th official release date for new products?
This latest mystery underscores Threepio’s absence in any part of the first two teasers released for The Force Awakens. Director J.J. Abrams and his crew have been keeping a very tight lid on plot details and any spoilers.
And with the recent jump in prices for basic 3.75-inch Star Wars action figures at retail (MSRP $13.00 in the U.S.), we have to re-think our strategy on which of the new action figures to collect. Surely, there will be a flood of new and re-released figures come September 4th at 12:01 A.M. That will be the “Midnight Madness” sale for all new products in support of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”.
We are almost tempted to just buy a can of red spray paint and customize our own C-3PO’s. Come September 5th, check back here and see.