On Star Wars Day, May the 4th, Disney Store released their Elite Series C-3PO and R2-D2 Diecast figures that are based on their appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some other recent additions to the line include Poe Dameron, Unmasked Kylo Ren, Boba Fett, and Prototype Armor Boba Fett Elite Series Die-Cast figures. Disney is continuing this line with some great character choices and right now there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. While some of the releases are more spread out than we’d like, the quality and attention to detail on these is impressive for die-cast figures.
Thank you to Disney and The Disney Store for providing their C-3PO exclusive Elite Series Die-Cast figure for review.
Availability: May 2016
C-3PO and R2-D2 are the Disney Store’s latest additions to the very popular Elite Series Diecast figure line. Both C-3PO and R2-D2 are based on their appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and for the first time, fans can own a 6″ C-3PO figure while he is no where to be seen from Hasbro.
C-3PO is sculpted in shiny gold die-cast with a very detailed design. There is some great detailed exposing wiring around his stomach and back, as well as some very detailed sculpting showcasing all of the line bevels, patterns, and circuitry known of the character. He is given the new red arm as seen in the movie, and upon some research, we have an explanation on that.
In Marvel Comics C-3PO #1, he and several other droids were sent to rescue Admiral Ackbar, but were ambushed in this attempt by the planets native animals. All of the droids except for C-3PO were destroyed, and C-3PO’s left arm was torn off. While escaping, he took the arm from a the final droid to die in the crew that happened to sacrifice himself for C-3PO, which just happened to have a red arm. He took the arm and attached it to his arm. There is much more to this story, and we recommend that you purchase this comic.
Like all other figures, the screws on his back are showing, so displaying him with the front is the only option. C-3PO includes a ball-jointed neck, ball-hinged elbows with limited movement, hinged elbows with limited movement, swivel wrists, ball jointed hips, hinged knees, and rocker ankles. He includes a figure stand, that he needs to stand, otherwise he’ll simply keep falling over.
Having missed out on Hasbro’s R2-D2, this one is a nice replacement for it and is also made of die-cast parts. There is no doubt that this one is taller and wider than Hasbro’s, as he should be considering it’s from a different company. R2 is given a very detailed sculpt with the panels, wiring, vents, and other components are showing where they need to be.
The paint apps on R2 are also very nicely done, with a rustic look over the white deco on the body, shiny metallic blue paint and silver on the dome, body, and legs. There is also the red deco for the light on the front and back of the dome.
The articulation is also very good on him, which includes a swivel dome, swivel lets, swivel feet, and the front leg can be pushed into the body and pop right back up. He includes a figure stand, which he can’t use as there is no peg on the bottom of his foot.
Disney Store have done an incredible job on these and the detail, quality, and paint apps are the best we’ve seen in this line so far. Both figures have a fantastic figure sculpt, and we hope to see repaints of these and more droids offered in this line in the future.