Protocol Droid C-3PO was released individually carded during The Vintage Collection in June/July 2010. The figure is based on C-3PO's appearance in The Empire Strikes Back.
C-3PO is super articulated with 14 joints, including ball-joints in the neck, shoulders, elbows, the waist, knees and ankles. The wrists and both legs have swivel joints. The droid stands very safely on its own without any balancing problems. There were no weapons included with C-3PO, but Hasbro made four of the droid's panels removable. The face, chest and right thigh cover can be removed, revealing C-3PO's inner works underneath. The back panel on 3PO can also be removed. All four panels snaped-on nicely and stayed
firmly attached on our example, but we did hear some reports from people having trouble keeping the panels on once they had been removed.
The paint application on C-3PO is average, with a matte-golden color, a matte-silver right shin (which looks very plastic), and differently colored cables underneath. C-3PO appeared in The Empire Strikes Back beat-up, with lots of dirt on him. Unfortunately, the paint application on this figure doesn't reflect that. The sculpt hides C-3PO's joints very nicely, and captures the character's overall appearance quite well. It's a very detailed sculpt, but C-3PO's height seems too short in comparison with other Star Wars figures. All in all, this C-3PO figure is a decent effort on Hasbro's behalf, but it just doesn't
feel like as if this is the most definite version yet, and it might be worth waiting for a better release in the future.