Name: See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Type: Jumbo Kenner Vintage Figures
Number: Item No. 80105
Edition Size: 2100
Source: A New Hope
Availability: March 2012
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
If you’re a collector of 12” figures, is there anything more rewarding than having the complete dozen of vintage Kenner 12-backs in your collection in one-sixth scale? Some collectors may be hard pressed to find something that tickles their nostalgia bone greater than this. Apparently, Gentle Giant Ltd. knows the power of the original Kenner line and has developed a truly niche, but special, collection of the original Kenner action figures from the 70s and 80s and have produced them in a collectible format intended for those who purchase high-end collectibles. Hindsight is always 20/20 they say, but we wonder if Kenner would have saved some time and energy by doing the same thing Gentle Giant Ltd. is doing now to make their own “Large Size Action Figures” back in the day. Of course, none of the features would have been able to be included, so perhaps that wouldn’t have been ideal. But since for collectors in general it’s all about the 3.75” scale as far as our minds can go back, perhaps replicating the three and three-quarter inch figure into one-sixth scale might have been a good gamble, even back then.
See-Threepio (C-3PO) is next up on Gentle Giant’s plate. It’s quite something to see him in 12” scale. Details that have been overlooked for years are now exaggerated and you can see detail never really documented before as well as some priceless imperfections that we would never want to see fixed. He comes with the same standard five points of swivel articulation and he can pretty much only attain poses with his feet flat on the surface. See-Threepio (C-3PO) can certainly stand unassisted, but his center of gravity is slightly off and will go for a spill if you don’t precariously situate him in a display environment. As with the 1978 action figure, See-Threepio (C-3PO) comes without any accessories. You think that even in the Kenner era that they would have given him a communicator. But perhaps that was much too small of an accessory that could get lost or accidentally swallowed by young fans. And who knows if Kenner was even able to create a holding grip with the vac-metallization process. While beautiful, it’s a deco technique that is very limiting and prevents the way some action figures get approached even today.