C-3PO & Salacious Crumb
|C-3PO didn’t really change through the original Star Wars trilogy very much. However, we have been treated
with a couple of variations over the years. This one is taken from a couple of different scenes from “Return of the Jedi.”
The first one one is the scene where Boushh brings in the rogue Chewbacca. Jabba thumps 3PO on the chest. The hapless droid falls in some goo and get back up. The second scene is where Salacious Crumb is pick his eye out after Jabba’s demise.
This is a rather plain looking Threepio to me. A lot of the detail looks soft. At least for me this iteration wasn’t breaking any new ground.
My number one problem with the sculpt however is the transition between the shoulder piece and his upper arm. It looks like it was cobbled together from two different pieces, and very poorly at that. Also, oddly enough, the arms are removable. Some of the early pics I’d seen on the web were of a painted Threepio instead of the vac metal. I would’ve like to have seen something different like that, rather than another metallic clone protocol droid.
Speaking of paint. The black on the inside of his hands looks like it was done by a third grader or really bad customizer. Either way, the results the same.
On a similar note, the silver leg looks cheap next to the vac metal one. Either do the figure all in paint or all vac metal, but don’t mix them. Add the fact the silver is nicked on mine and gold showing through, and this silver leg thing sucks.
I do have to give credit where credit is due though. The green goo is actually a pretty close to the screen depiction. The locations and colors are right where they are suppose to be.
As for Salacious Crumb, well he’s okay. I’m not a huge fan of him to begin with. He just always looked like a Muppet to me. Don’t get me wrong. I love Muppets. I just don’t want Jabba’s little pet monkey to look like Frackle.
Salacious looks like his screen appearance for the most part. I’d have really like to seen the ears and fringe made from some rubbery type material. I think it would make a huge difference in getting him closer to the puppet on the screen.
I was pretty disappointed with the articulation on this Threepio. No knees, no elbows, and no wrists. But wait, there’s an action feature. Push the big disc behind his head and his eye pops out for Salacious to pick at. I have to say kind of a cool idea, but horrible execution. The disc when the eye is in is just hanging in mid air behind his head. The “cable” that connects his eye to the disc is clear. I wish they had left the disc clear as well. Or better yet, but a switch or knob or something hidden on his back.
Second issue with the action feature. When his eye is pushed out, the “cable” connecting the eye and the disc is clear. Basically just the eye portion is painted. Clearly, if you have seen the film, Threepio’s eye is attached by wires. However, Hasbro seems to have upgraded him to fiber optics. So not only does this eye stick straight out of his head, it look like it is floating in the air as it does it. A little black and red paint on the portion of cable behind the eye would have went a long way to improving this.
The combination of these things gives more the impression of some cartoon looking eye poppin action out of the Real Ghostbusters line than the damage Threepio received at the hands of Salacious.
The coin for this duo cracks me up. It’s got a picture of Salacious on Threepio’s shoulder. It’s giving this duo the title “Jabba’s Servants”. I always thought of Salacious as more of a pet than a servant. It also has the a picture similar to the card background with Crumb sitting on Threepio’s shoulder. I had to watch the film to see if that ever happened. (It didn’t. Nor did Threepio still have green goo when his eye is ripped out.)
I was a bit perplexed by the ball jointed hips on Salacious at first. Then I realized this was to give him the ability to stand or sit in front of Jabba. Ironic, if you think about it. It’s pretty rare to have a figure with ball jointed hips and not shoulders. (See bottom picture.)
His tail pops out as well. It will fit in the up position or 180 degrees in the down position.
I was really hoping for a great C-3PO for my Jabba’s palace shelf. I didn’t get it. Yeah, he’ll replace the POTF2 Sandpeople encounter 3PO I had there. But, only because of the green goo instead of sand deco he has. Salacious will replace my vintage one in the display as well.
If you need Salacious, pick this duo up. If you are looking for a good Threepio, get the Ewok one warming
Engineernerd Score: 80/100