Unproduced C-3PO From Torture Chamber Blue 4-up
This is a copy of the 4-up for the dismembered C-3PO figure from the unproduced Bespin Torture Chamber playset. The figure was created so as to fit into a plastic backpack which fit onto the Chewbacca figure's back. 4-up hardcopies also exist for the backback, both in original (green) and reproduction (blue) versions. While this is undoubtedly a cool Micro Collection piece, it is of the utmost importance that this figure is seen and understood as a reproduction of the original prototype, and not as an actual pre-production vintage item. I have heard many excuses offered over the last few years, in attempts to legitimize these blue hardcopies, but the fact remains that they are copies of the original prototypes, and thus should be presented as such. So, if anyone offers you an elaborate story in trying to sell you one of these pieces, don't believe it, or ask around with some knowledgeable collectors prior to deciding on the purchase; its no fun getting stuck with something that you never really wanted. Of course, there are still plenty of reasons why someone would want a blue copy. If the piece is unproduced, for instance, a copy is often a very good way of procuring an example of never-made toy. The figure shown above was bought with full awareness of its origin as a copy, and that's the way it should be.
Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Nick Stathis
From the collection of: Rob Amantea
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Micro Collection


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