Disney ripping off the past

by Bill Cable
on 2018-09-19, 07:46:10

So an interesting new thing has popped up in my eBay searches. Of course... it's C-3PO!

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What we have here is a new Disney ceramic C-3PO "money box" (because apparently the term "bank" has too many negative connotations). Paging through eBay I can't say for sure if this is something you buy in the parks, or the Disney Store at your local mall, or at Walmart. But it's out there, and it's super collectible, and it's very, VERY familiar. I just can't put my finger on it... OH WAIT I CAN!

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THAT is the Vintage Roman Ceramics C3PO BANK! Image stolen from Vectis because I was too lazy to photograph my own. Doesn't it look like something I showed you a paragraph ago? Yup... I thought so too.

I have no problem at all with Disney bringing back one of the earliest Star Wars collectibles in this way... but I sure wish they hadn't half-assed it! I mean look at the new bank. It's the same pose, but it looks like garbage. It looks like one of those Radko glass ornaments with all the details soft and blown out. Except with Radko that's a result of the process. With ceramics like this bank, the Roman example shows they could master amazing, accurate detail back before 1980. The only reason for a ceramic piece to lack those details in 2018 is because Disney didn't want to spend the cash to sculpt and tool it.

So note to Disney - if you're going to prey on our nostalgia like this, at least have the decency to do the original justice. When you cut corners and skimp like you did with this money box, you sully the past while ensuring your product is going to end up unsold on clearance in a couple months.

Of course I'll still buy one. Anybody know where they're selling them?

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