|Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale plastic model kit of C-3PO, protocol droid|
|C-3PO box art as seen on the sides of the packaging|
Potential is the key word here. It's mind blowing to see such high level of movie-accuracy being exhibited that this model kit's plastic parts exhibit. To get the best out of this kit, it's essential to paint and weather C-3PO so that it reflects the signature Star Wars universe 'used-and-worn-look'. Even if assembled straight-out-of-the-box without any additional work done on it, C-3PO will still look good albeit in a toy action figure kind of way. So the model kit caters to hobbyists at different skill levels.
|Bandai C-3PO assembly and decal instructions, front and back cover|
|Assembly instructions for C-3PO: while visually clear, a scan using Google Translate App is recommended|
Most striking to the eye is the gold (and silver) chrome-like plated parts. This is advantageous to beginner hobbyists as well as budget conscious veterans in that no gold/silver paints will be required. The caveat being that if you choose to weather the assembled model kit then extra care will be required to prevent the gold/silver plating from stripping off. In the future, I'll be conducting tests to see how resistant the gold/silver plating is to weathering chemicals such as oils, enamels and acrylics.
|Sprue A: Abdominal section plus innards, eyes, and miscellaneous parts|
|Sprue B1: Head, torso, arms, pelvic, thigh, etc.|
|Sprue B2, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8: Arms, hands, legs, feet, etc.|
|Sprue B3: Silver leg/foot, and exposed back panel|
Another great thing about this model kit are the options available for building the specific version of C-3PO that you want to mimic from the movies. Among these optional parts are a dented or normal droid head; chest plates with or without a restraining bolt; and photo-receptors that fit normally into or dangle out from the eye sockets. In addition, the various arm/leg joints available from the sprues suggest that the Bandai C-3PO is going to be reasonably articulated. At least well enough for the protocol droid to move his arms and legs in the stiff robotic manner as seen in the movies.
|Sprue PCF-6AC: Internal joints to enable articulation of C-3PO|
|Sprue SWB3: A simple black base for C-3PO|
|Water decals (left) and stickers (right) for the C-3PO plastic model kit|
Both the water decals and stickers available for this C-3PO plastic model kit conforms to Bandai's usual high standards. That being said, I feel for the most part it's still better to paint the parts than to use decals/stickers. There are times when decals would do the job perfectly - in C-3PO's case that would be the photo-receptor (eye) decals. However, areas like the wiring on his abdominal section and gold plating on his palms will be better off getting a paint job as it'll look far more realistic. All in all, this is a great kit from Bandai and one that does justice to C-3PO and the Star Wars franchise.