HUGE NEWS! Newly-discovered Vintage C-3PO MOC!

by Bill Cable
on 2018-01-03, 08:04:50

After a productive but largely unmemorable first 11-and-a-half months of collecting in 2017, I wrapped up the year with something completely unexpected - a never-before-documented Vintage C-3PO MOC. And I almost blew it because I was an idiot. Let me set the stage...

Early morning, December 21st. I was doing my daily eBay searches for C-3POs, when I came across a MOC with a POTF coin offer sticker. I have a handful of these already, so it didn't immediately jump out at me. The bubble was kinda yellow, it had some ugly price stickers, and looked fairly unremarkable. Consider me unimpressed. But I clicked on it anyway.

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I see the back, and it's a ROTJ65A. That's the one with the Ewoks blacked out. And I think to myself... "I don't think I have that one." But I'm still stuck on thinking how it's in pretty mediocre condition. And it's priced kinda high for a Jedi MOC. So I think to myself, "There's a 'Best Offer' option there... let me throw up an offer that's closer to what this condition warrants and hope for the best." I offered $14.99 less than the listed price.

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Now, maybe it was because I hadn't had my morning coffee yet, or maybe it's because I'm kind of a cheap bastard, but that was a really stupid decision. Thankfully it kept rattling around in my head after I left eBay. I was working from home that day, so I went up to the Protocol-osseum and looked at my 3PO run. "Hmmmm... I have a couple ROTJ77s with that sticker and a ROTJ79 with that offer. But nothing earlier." And then it starts to dawn on me. I've seen quite a few 77s with the sticker, but that's the earliest. A 65A would actually be kinda important. In fact, it'd be the earliest 3PO I've ever seen with that sticker.

Part of me was like "Well, you've already made an offer... let's let it ride for a while to see if dude accepts." The smarter part of me retorted "Are you really going to let this new variant slip through your fingers over FIFTEEN BUCKS?? Think you idiot! THINK!!" And the smarter part won out. And that's when I started to get excited. I raced back to eBay and clicked the BIN.

It arrived on Christmas Eve (a Sunday... thank you USPS!!). As you can see, the sticker is a bit rough, but since these things were applied at the stores that's not entirely atypical.

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Now it's on display in the Protocol-osseum along with the rest of my 3PO run, and so far as I know it's the earliest documented Removable Limbs C-3PO with the POTF coin offer.

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It was a heck of a way to wrap up 2017, and an awesome Christmas gift to myself! I'm thankful that my skinflintedness didn't cost me this significant addition to the collection!





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