New 12″ Additions & 3PO Red Arm Day

We have updated Target’s Exclusive 12″ 3-pack featuring droids from The Force Awakens to our 12″ Action Figure Hero Series Checklist page. This set which was made available a few days prior to last week’s release of Episode VII on Blu-ray/DVD is fantastic due solely to Goldenrod. C-3PO has not only one of the best sculpts for a Hasbro 12″ figure to date but a terrific paint job that could only be outdone with vac-metalizing.

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Speaking of 3PO, today is long-delayed day where we find out exactly why he has a red arm in TFA in Marvel Comic’s Star Wars Special: C-3PO (Journey to The Force Awakens) #1. This issue will ship with a 3PO Action Figure Variant cover and an exclusive version from Wonderland Comics featuring a 3-pack mailer version.

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The R0 in this set is the correct size and has a fairly screen accurate deco with the exception of the top of his dome.  The source material may not have been available or Hasbro may have been in a rush but the top four panels are missing from his dome.

R0-4LO from Disney's exclusive The Force Awakens Droid Factory set.

R0-4LO from Disney’s exclusive The Force Awakens Droid Factory set.

Despite his well-deserved superstar status, BB-8 is the least exciting from this set as he’s a bit too shiny for a droid that also comes with Jakku dirt deco. The other misstep for this prototype Astromech droid is when his appendages are attached they stick off of the body which ruins the round ascetic.

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This will not be the last time we’ll be getting this droid as he will be reissued individually with different accessories and a clean paint app.

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Comparison shot between the 12″ and their corresponding 3 3/4″ versions

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Here is Hasbro’s BB-8 family so far!

Now while we are on the topic of 12″ figures, our friend Gus Lopez has just released an article on starwars.com all about the lost waves of The Empire Strikes Back figures and outfits we never got.

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The canceled concepts are as follows:

Large Scale Action Figures

  • Han Solo (Hoth Gear)
  • Lando Calrissian
  • Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
  • Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

Action Outfits

  • Luke Skywalker (Ceremonial Outfit)
  • Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Gear)
  • Luke Skywalker (“flight suit with leather vest and binoculars”)
  • Princess Leia Organa (“blue jumpsuit”)
  • Princess Leia Organa (“cold weather fur ensemble”)
  • Princess Leia Organa (“leisure outfit with poncho”)

For more details head to starwars.com to read about Gus’s great finds.

Also known but not covered in this particular article is Takara’s plan for producing a wind-up C-3PO Large Scale Action Figure. To find out more about this concept click the pic below.

Courtesy of the Star Wars Collectors Archive

Courtesy of the Star Wars Collectors Archive

We’ve added all of these updates to our respective 12″ pages which can be found at 12″ Large Scale Action Figure Checklist and 12″ Hero Action Figure Checklist.

Until next time,

May the Figures be with you!