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We love our nostalgia. Even though we're always looking for new ways to move forward in life and technology, we always like to look back on the things that were. It's what makes those Space Invaders t-shirts so popular.
So what better idea did Habro have, but to feed that need for all things old by releasing the Star Wars Vintage Action Figure series. They are, in essence, a re-release of the original action figure toys that were released when the original trilogy became a huge success back in the late 70s and early 80s.
The C3PO figure here resembles greatly his original model as well as the character in the film, modeled with incredible detail and painted gold (or silver, for this leg) with brilliant shine. They say these are more flexible and can move easier than the original models and while I can't say for the old models, I can say this character has opposable arms and legs and moves about very well.
Standing at 3 to 4 inches tall, he stands up by himself well, although this is the sort of thing you'd probably not want to take out of the box. The packaging, reminiscent of the old style toys (and in fact a reprint of the original design), is all made to look just like the original toys did back when they were first released. A lot of people will probably see these are more of a collectors' item more than a toy and I have to say that they're probably right. After all, there are loads of Star Wars toys around, but this one seems a bit special. There's something about that nostalgia.
All in all, it would make a great toy, sure, but I think it's better suited as a gift to the hard core Star Wars fans and the collectors.
Star Wars fans oudl be thrilled to see one of these in the 'original' packaging. A vintage carded C3P0 is worth a fair bit of money on auction sites, though you will be hard pushed to find one in absolute mint condition.
The original C3PO figure came out in 1977, at the time of the first film 'A New Hope.' Although C3PO had actually been available as part of an early bird gift set, the individual figure still sold extremely well. With each new film release, the figure was repackaged, so the card would have variations. Depending on which country you bought it from, the design of the card would also vary.
C3PO is the main protocol droid from the original Star Wars films. He is golden in the films, though the release of the original figure had him painted in more of a silver colour, though golden C3POs do exist, but are rarer to come by.
This release comes with moveable limbs, but in the case of the old vintage design, you could actually remove the legs and arms and put them in a little plastic carrying case (which Chewbacca is supposed to strap to his back.) The figure stands just a few inches tall and is in line with the height of the rest of the original vintage figures.
The concept of these newer figures is to try and recapture the glory of the old style figures, updating the look of the figure, with a more robust design but using the old carded artwork. C3PO is thus more articulate and has a stockier look than the 1977 release. These new figures obviously amuse collectors as they get a slightly different take on a classic character and the retro look of the 1977 packaging.
Do not confuse these with the old vintage figures or the 90's re-makes of the original range. These figures are something else altogether. I would say they are aimed at true collectors rather than kids and probably best kept carded for added value.