July 7, 2020 – After the umpteenth viewing of Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back, your curiosity is piqued about the aliens and droids that appear on screen for a fleeting second or two. Who are they and what are they doing there? And why hasn’t Kenner/Hasbro, after all these decades, released these obscure droids for sale?
After decades of waiting, eager collectors can now turn to custom builders (forget Hasbro) to fill the voids in their collections. Since 2019, Stan Solo Creations on Etsy has been producing brilliant 3.75-inch scale figures, some complete with heavy-duty cardbacks, of the obscure droids we have come to love.
Clear dome A2 loose
Clear dome Y2 loose
Grey Q2 loose
Some of the custom droids, including those pictured above, start at $39.02 plus shipping from the UK. Customizers such as Chris Smith of Stan Solo Creations on Etsy cannot compete with Hasbro as to production and distribution efficiencies, and their one- or two-man shows reflect higher labor (time) costs, thus the higher sales price.
But the customizers are filling a niche in the demand-market. For collectors looking to expand their collections with these high-quality, limited-run droids, custom orders are their best option.
The grey Q2 droid, seen at bottom left in this clip aboard the Tantive IV in “Star Wars” (1977), has been reproduced at 3.75-inch scale by Stan Solo Creations (Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney)
K-3PO loose is currently offered at $39.02 or carded at $52.03. Shipping costs extra.
K-3PO loose (left) is $39.02 and the clear-domed Y2 (right) is $39.02. Shipping is extra.
K-3PO is busy at work on the planet Hoth in this still from “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980). Note that Hasbro has previously released their own version of K-3PO Protocol Droid in 2000’s Power of the Jedi 2 series and again in 2008 as part of the Hoth Recon Patrol battlepack.
The cardbacks are made from heavier, higher-quality stock than the flimsy, warping cardbacks in Hasbro’s Retro collection (2019-2020).
U-3PO (center) aboard the Tantive IV in “Star Wars” (1977)
Carded U-3PO appears to be out of stock. Check the Etsy site frequently as inventory changes.
R-3PO carded is $52.03 or loose $39.02
Some reviewers claim the vac-plated C-3PO from Stan Solo Creations is the shiniest iteration yet.
A search of the Etsy store reveals some unique items that you have never seen on the big screen – or at retail. A set of seven (7) glow-in-the-dark vintage style “swords” will set you back $26.01, and the B0-B4 droid – whose paint scheme easily mimics Boba Fett’s colors – will cost you $39.02 plus shipping.
The third or middle leg costs $13.01, separate and apart from the droid ($39.02) … plus shipping.
B0-B4 is $39.02 plus shipping
Seven glow-in-the-dark vintage-style “swords”
As inventory changes, you shouldn’t wait too long to order. Some past items (carded Blue Snaggletooth or carded figures from the animated “Star Wars Droids”, for example) are no longer available at publishing time.
Check out Stan Solo Creations on Etsy here.
Two Reviews by Analog Toys and RetroBlasting