"Don't call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease."
When Japanese professional modeler and Star Wars fanatic Seiji Takahashi set out to create the “world’s more accurate” C-3PO Chogokin figure for toy companies Sideshow Collectibles and Tamashii Nations, he wanted to capture not only the character, but also its essence as well.
Takahashi credits the 1977 film as “fundamentally changing the entire concept of what a ‘tokusatsu’ (special effects) film was.” With that in mind, he asked himself, “how can I capture that same sense of shock and awe I felt when I first saw the film?”
Deciding to base the figure on the original Episode IV: A New Hope example, Takahashi sought out as much vintage source material as possible. He used reference material including photo stills, “making of” books, movie programs, and even bubblegum cards. What he found in doing his research is that C-3PO is actually listed as being 171cm (5′ 6.1″) tall. At 171cm, C-3PO would be slightly shorter than the 172cm (5″ 6.4″) tall Luke Skywalker which would not be film accurate. Instead, he based the height of the figure off of the height of C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels who is 175cm (5′ 7.4″) tall and added considerations for the costume from there.
He also put a great deal of effort into making sure the balance of the figure was correct so that not only is it fully posable, but that it is capable of standing in its correct C-3PO-esque posture. We collectors benefit from the diligence of Takahashi’s research and detail minded sculpting process, but it all does come at a cost. This ultimate C-3PO stands roughly 12-inches tall and retails for $400.
Here’s C-3PO shown with Sideshow Collectible’s Luke Skywalker.
From the official product description:
“Chogokin engineering uses metal die-cast technique to provide a significant weight and realistic quality, complementing the C-3PO 12″ Perfect Model’s detailed features: light-up eyes, working cylinders, actual wires, comlink, three sets of interchangeable hands, diorama styled display stand, and a removable restraining bolt. Faithfully representing the on screen character from every angle, the C-3PO 12″ Perfect Model Chogokin figure represents a fusion of Chogokin design and the precision of a scale model, an outstanding addition to any collection.”
Images: Blue Fin Distribution, Tamashii Nations Japan