Star Wars lore is replete with colorful characters, but none are as beloved, resourceful, and loyal as its two droid stars: R2-D2 and C-3PO. No fight is too treacherous, no repair too complex for these unlikely allies from distant worlds-Naboo and Tatooine, to be specific. "R2" was conceived as an astromech droid, a rolling toolbox with attitude, rumbling to the aid of Anakin, and later, Luke Skywalker in pivotal moments of combat peril. C-3PO, the fusty and fussy conscience of the pair, always strives to keep R2's heroic impulses in check while serving the Rebel Alliance.
From their entrance in Episode Four, inside the rebel starship Tantive IV, audiences were enthralled by two of the most memorable and beloved characters from the Star Wars universe. In George Lucas' vision, droids can be heroes, or villainous bounty hunters - but the adventures and antics of R2-D2 and C-3PO have inspired and entertained generations of Star Wars fans - two robots who forever changed popular culture.
But now, thanks to the artistry of film robotics master Fred Barton, Sideshow Collectibles has announced the creation of life-size fiigures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. "We're very fortunate to be collaborating on this landmark robotics project with the world's foremost robotics fabricator," says Sideshow's Creative Director, Tom Gilliland.
The two 1:1 scale droids will premiere July 19-23 at the Sideshow Collectibles Booth (#1929) during the International Comic-Con in San Diego. Sideshow will present the two iconic characters in a photo alcove where Con attendees can pose for pictures with the droids. Pricing and order information for both R2-D2 and C-3PO will be available later at www.SideshowCollectibles.com.