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6 Aug 2020

Collection Update - July 2020

Here's my mid-year collection update video. Hope you can check it out, and hear some thoughts about the things I also have coming up later this year. Subscribe to the channel and stay tuned for more reviews and pics over the next few months :)

22 Jul 2020

Lego 75274 TIE Pilot Helmet

After getting the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett helmet sets, I finally managed to get the TIE Pilot Helmet set from Target Australia with a nice $20 discount using flybuys points! It's great that I was able to get the set for a great price, because this is definitely my favourite out of the three so far. I just hope Lego continue the series and announce more helmet sets soon!

Click through below to check out my full review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel!

Lego Star Wars UCS Collection Update

Here's a quick Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series collection update! Thought it was time to do a quick clean and show all the UCS sets together. Hopefully they announce more from the original trilogy soon, such as the AT-AT.

25 Jun 2020

ThreeZero DLX Scale Optimus Prime

I was pretty impressed with the ThreeZero DLX Bumblebee figure, so was definitely looking forward to their release of Optimus Prime. And they certainly didn't disappoint. The build quality, attention to detail, paint application, and articulation on this figure is outstanding!

Click through below to check out my full video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel! Make sure to click that like button and subscribe to the channel 😀

The set doesn't really come with too many accessories, and I guess that's a reflection of what the character was seen with in the movie. Luckily what is provided is of high quality, with a great looking rifle and enough hands to cover most action poses. The main focus of course is on the figure itself, and it's most impressive!

If you're not thinking "Wow!" when you unbox this thing, then you mustn't be human! The sheer detail in this thing will have you pouring over all its features and being amazed at how they've assembled everything.

I've been told now that the style of the shoulders and forearms are to match the earthbound look that Optimus had in later scenes of the movie. In my review I thought they had made some error since it differed from the way he looked in the opening scene, but that was his Cybertron look. So ThreeZero have actually made it very accurate; unfortunately the DLX doesn't have swap out pieces like the larger Premium scale figure that will have swap out features for each mode.

Regardless, the way this figure moves is one of its most impressive aspects. The joints and various points of articulation all move so seamlessly, that seem completely organic and natural in a way that you'd imagine a real robot to move.

Each move reveals or hides some detail as appropriate, especially around the shoulders, elbows, and knees. It's amazing how small panels will adjust or move out of the way as you rotate or bend joints. Nothing seems too delicate or easy to break, although the instructions do give you some warning as to areas where you need to be more careful so as not to chip any paint if parts collide or scrape against each other.

The fanciest joint for me would have to be the ab crunch that reveals so much more detail in the rear spine. It's amazing how they were able to hide so much detail in the rear and have it appear effortlessly as you bend the figure forward. There's very little risk in paint damage, and it all feels silky smooth in its movement. It's a beautifully designed feature.

The legs, both front and back, have plenty of detail too. I'm not sure if the wheels are actually rubber, but they do feel like a slightly different material to the other surrounding plastic parts. On the point of plastic, the figure feels pretty heavy and there are definitely diecast parts on the internal components of the figure. But most of the external parts are plastic, but the paint application and weathering is so good, much of it looks like metal anyway.

The ankle articulation is probably the only part of the figure that I wish was improved. The tilt upwards to sufficient, but there is not a lot of movement downwards. This mean jumping poses (like that iconic scene from the 1986 movie) don't look as natural because you can't point his feet down like they would be if he was in the air. But in the scheme of things, it's a minor nitpick amongst all the other great aspects of the figure.

There's plent of articulation points to get him into many of the iconic poses. I love the way in which the hips panels all move out of the way on their own balljoints to give plenty of freedom in movement. They way the shoulder joint moves out to reveal the larger butterfly mechnism, coupled with a nice tilting motion in the torso, really make for natural action poses.

This Optimus figure perfectly complements the previous Bumblebee figure. ThreeZero certainly don't look to have lost any of the build quality set by that first figure. I passed on the Blitzwing figure because I didn't really like that character, but I can't wait to get the upcoming Soundwave!

Some collectors have claimed that the figure is not a true Transformers figure because it cannot transform. For me, the amazing level of detail and articulation in the figure more than makes up for the its lack of transformation. ThreeZero has made it clear this series is about delivering as much movie accurate details as possible in bot mode, and they've nailed that goal in incredible fashion.

For me, the TF Masterpiece series is what I go to for transforming figures, and I use that to get my G1 nostalgic fix. I'll be sticking with these ThreeZero DLX figures for all my non-cartoon representations of the characters.

The designs from the Bumblebee movie strike the perfect balance between a new, more modern style coupled with enough homages and hints to the original designs to satisfy G1 fans. I much prefer these over the far too busy and complicated designs from the Michael Bay movies.

In the end, ThreeZero have done complete justice to these new designs with a figure series that excels on all possible fronts. I just hope that after Soundwave, they continue the series and announce more of the characters that featured in the opening scene. That would truly make this a legendary series of TF figures that will be sought after pieces in Transformers collections for many years to come!

21 Jun 2020

Lego Star Wars 75276 Stormtrooper Helmet and 75277 Boba Fett Helmet

I tried getting the new Lego Star Wars helmet sets before May 4th, but they sold out prior to that and were not even available during that promotion. I noticed that they were back in stock on the Lego web store in early June so added them to the cart.

But the damn TIE Pilot sold out before I could complete the transaction, so only managed to get the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett sets. I tried getting the TIE Pilot set during the Big W Toy Mania sale, but despite getting on the site within 10 minutes of the sale starting at midnight, it was still sold out. Bloody ridiculous!

Either way, I'm pretty happy with these sets apart from the stupid use of stickers (again!). Click through below to check out my full review for each over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel!

Enterbay NBA Kobe Bryant 2-figure "Upgraded Re-Edition" set

I have the previous Enterbay Chicago Bulls players in Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman. After getting the locker room set too, there was space in the acrylic case for another 2 figures. I thought about getting the Shaquille O'Neal 2-figure set, but ended up preordering this reissue of the Kobe Bryant 2-figure set around the new year period. Enterbay had a website sale on at the time, so it was a pretty good deal.

Click through below to check out my full video of the set over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. It's a pretty awesome set for Kobe and NBA fans!

12 Jun 2020

Lego 75275 Ultimate Collector Series A-Wing

The UCS Millenium Falcon and Star Destroyer are definitely hard acts to follow. Lego has chosen a spacecraft that has not yet been done in the UCS line before in the A-Wing. Overall, it's a pretty nice set, but there are a few things that annoy me about it.

Hope you can click through below and watch my full review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel!

Some pics of the box and build as I progressed through the assembly. Definitely some interesting techniques through the process! The free gift was nice of the little Death Star 2 Battle set with the mini A-Wing and TIE Interceptor.

Bags 1 and 2 done. Pretty nice looking seat design!

Bags 3 and 4 done. Really interesting way that the front top and bottom sections angle and come together!

Bags 5 and 6 done. Frickin hate those damn stickers that you have to put on the rear curved parts. Pain in the arse!

Bags 7 and 8 done. Love the interesting way to attach the front side angled parts. Getting pretty close to finishing now.

Bags 9, 10, and 11 done and it's finished. Not bad overall, and luckily I got the cockpit stickers on OK.

Hate that I didnt manage to get the main sticker on straight. But oh well, good enough. The little mini-fig looks pretty nice too.

A couple of quick views of the completed A-Wing.

Now just need to find a spot to display it!

S.H.Figuarts Street Fighter M.Bison and Vega

Here's my look at the Bandai S.H.Figuarts Street Fighter M.Bison and Vega figures over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. Hope you can check out the videos 😃

18 May 2020

Flame Toys Furai Action Optimus Prime (IDW version)

Flame Toys is a company that I heard many good things about, but never collected any figures since I'm mainly into collecting the Takara Transformers Masterpiece series. But the design and articulation of the Flame Toys Furai model kits looked really interesting. Thankfully, they announced a pre-assembled figure series called Furai Action, where the figures are not only assembled out of the box, but also feature a great weathered paint application.

Their first in the series is the Optimus Prime based on the IDW comics. I'm definitely glad I took the jump to get the figure despite its higher price compared to the model kits. Check out my full video review on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel below.

The set doesn't come with too much, but what is included is functionally useful, which is better than getting a whole bunch of accessories that won't be used! I like the stand that has the adjustable connection to the figure's butt that allows for in-air dynamic poses. It's sturdy and gives quite a bit of freedom in its positioning.

The range of hands is decent, although I think more options could've been provided. A finger pointing hand would've been nice and more dynamic action hands. At least the sculpting and paint app on the hands is nice, as it is on the blaster rifle too. Some flecks of the silver wash look a bit more like snow than metallic weathering, but overall not too bad.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the figure! I still prefer the G1 style, but this IDW aesthetic is still pretty nice and instantly recognisable. The weathered paint app really sets this one apart from the stock model kit version that I think looks a little too clean.

The weathering is realistically applied, with dirt and rust throughout, and the scratch marks in all the appropriate places. It certainly gives the figure a battle worn look on display. Although not a transforming figure, the style still alludes to the fact the character does transform. The visible tyres at the rear of the legs I actually like, particularly the way in which they collapse when articulating the figure.

Articulation is definitely the strong point in these Furai figures. The way the armour pieces can be moved is robotically realistic, and the joints never seem too obvious. The fold and collapse exactly as you would think a realistic robot should. The level of articulation and how the parts moved definitely made me glad I didn't have to assemble this myself. I have zero patience and skill for that sort of model assembly, so probably would've screwed something up trying!

The only part to have a somewhat limited range of motion was the waist. It can't be turned side to side too much due to the rear piece at the hip. But the pieces at the front of the waist can be moved to allow quite a lot of leg motion, allowing it to reach great crouching and jumping poses. The shoulder and elbow articulation is fantastic too, so you can get this figure into many iconic and dynamic poses.

As my first Flame Toys figure, I definitely can see why they have such a good reputation. The build quality is high, the articulation is fantastic, and the pre-assembled and weathered paint app is nice too. They've announced a lot in the Furai model kit series, so I'm really looking forward to seeing which character they announce next for this Furai Action series.

19 Apr 2020

Hasbro Black Series Luke Skywalker Battle Simulation helmet

I wasn't planning on picking up this helmet, but here in Australia the Myer Store had a 25% off sale on the helmet over the Easter break. At AUD$150, I figured I may as well get it to display with the EFx Stormtrooper helmet that I've had for a few years now.

Overall, I'm really glad that I ended up buying it! It looks pretty nice in hand, and the sound and light effects are a nice bonus that the kids love. My video review below gives you a view from inside the helmet as to what you see and hear when running the simulation. With both Battle of Yavin and Hoth sequences, it's a pretty fun way to wear the helmet!

Lego 40371 Easter Egg and Chick and 80104 Lion Dance Chinese New Year

Lego had a double VIP point sale over the Easter break, so I thought I'd use the opportunity to get a new Lego set. The Lion Dance set is pretty awesome, and also came with a free Easter egg and chick set!

Click through below to watch my reviews of both over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel! 😃

28 Mar 2020

Transformers Masterpiece Moments #3 - March 2020

I realised that the last time I had done a Transformers Masterpiece Moments video was almost 4 years ago! So I figured it was about time for another one to go through my favourite aspects of the Takara Transformers Masterpiece releases that I've collected over the past few years.

Hope you can click through below and check out the full video over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel! Let me know in the comments what your favourite TF moments are too!

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27 Mar 2020

Hot Toys MMS517 Luke Skywalker Deluxe

The announcement of this Deluxe version of the Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker figure was bound to rub many collectors the wrong way, especially those that had already purchased the original MMS429 Luke Skywalker.

But the alternate head sculpts and hair, along with the additional Endor outfit and accessories, made it a pretty easy decision for me to get this Deluxe version too, even though I had the first figure. When they announced the Endor Leia and Wicket figures, it solidified my decision to get this to display the core cast of characters in their Endor outfits, as well as Luke in his classic outfit from the Jabba skiff battle.

Click through below to watch my full review of the new Deluxe version of this Luke Skywalker figure. Also further below is my original review of the first release of this figure. Hope you can check that one out too!

As all Deluxe sets should, this comes with a decent array of accessories. Some I probably won't ever use, such as the deleted scene desert cowl and googles. They're a nice to have, are look to be pretty nice quality, but I just wouldn't have Luke displayed like that in my cabinet.

The sand base is a reuse of the mold used for other figures like the Sandtrooper and Snowtrooper, so is getting a bit boring. It doesn't really suit the Endor environment either. I think the forest flat printed base shown for Leia and Wicket looks much better.

The lightup arm and saber are the same as before, and I never use them, especially for figures like this where it's been reported to be an absolute pain in the arse to swap out. The hands are nice, with a few that are unique to this set. I'll definitely be going with the gloved hand holding the pistol for my display.

The alternate head sculpts are surprisingly good! I didn't think I'd like the slightly open mouthed head sculpt, but in hand I think it looks great! I'll be using that with the windswept hair in his classic Jedi outfit and robe/sash. The paint application is fantastic, and both are obvious improvements over the original head sculpt that seems a little flatter and less detailed. Even the paint app for the hair pieces seems more detailed with better variation.

The pic below shows the new figure on the left, with the original figure on the right. The fat suit they used on the original figure does make it look too bulky in the chest/torso area. The new figure doesn't use a fat suit, and so the proportions are more accurate to his look in the movie. The outfits are essentially identical, although the newer one on mine seems to be tighter around the neck.

The Endor cowl and helmet are nicely done. I was surprised that they used fabric on the top part of the helmet, which adds a nice touch of realism. The cowl is a nice material with a very thin wire along the edge to help with posing.

The stitching around the hood is very good and allows it to fold flat against the back and shoulders for a natural look. The camo colouring is decent, and fits nicely over the original figure to hide the bulky chest.

For both figures, I've used the two new head sculpts, since I find them far better than the original. Sure it's a shame Hot Toys didn't release a two-pack with all of this stuff included. But I think this separate release gives all the options for collectors to buy which look they prefer, or everything!

The new "looking to the side" neutral sculpt looks great especially when setup in his Endor gear. No I have a spare neutral sculpt from the original figure I need to find a use for! With the two figures now all setup, I can't wait to get Leia and Wicket later in 2020!

26 Mar 2020

Transformers Masterpiece MP-19+ Smokescreen

The Takara Transformers Masterpiece + series keep rolling on, with perhaps their best release so far with Smokescreen! The paint app and swap out head sculpts on this one are so awesome! Click through below to watch my full review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel.

Love the smoke plume accessory included with this set. You can keep it in one full plume, or split it into two to display on either side of the figure. The transluscent plastic and mold really adds a nice bit of dynamic display detail to the set.

The paint app follows the cartoon accurate styling as per other carbot + versions. Despite it having a plainer style, the glossy nature of the paint somehow really makes it look so much nicer! The red is a lighter share, the blue and white pop in all the right places, and the blue tinted windows just tops it all off.

The original has a darker shade of red, but the decals and other paint details seem to almost detract from the overall look, especially in bot mode. It's very strange, and only really becomes apparent when you see them side by side in hand.

The built-in shoulder cannons are a little fiddly, and the smallish nature of them takes a little getting used to. I think the larger ones still look pretty good on the original. Where the new one blows the old away is in the face sculpt! That large chin and smile just give the figure so much character!

I think it portrays the cartoon character perfectly, and the three different faces give you all the display options you need. I'll definitely be going with the open mouthed smile for my display. With the shade of grey instead of darker black, the figure oozes that cartoon style. All in all, the bot mode is a winner.

The original with its realistic racing car decals still looks great too. It certainly goes well with the other original releases, that I all display in their car modes.

I never thought I'd collect so many Nissan Fairlady Zs in the MP collection, but here they all are! Love the Diaclone repaints too, and the originals give all that G1 toy and realistic styling that looks fantastic in car mode. I think that's pretty much all the repaints they can make for this mold. I just hope they give us some more repaints for the Tracks and Ironhide mold!

18 Mar 2020

Transformers Masterpiece MP-47 Hound

It's always great when new molds of G1 characters are released in the Takara Transformers Masterpiece series. They seem to be coming out slower and slower these days, so the anticipation really builds up. Hound is no exception, and for the most part Takara has designed a fantastic figure.....except for one key aspect in production that has ruined it for many.

Luckily for me the widely reported cracking plastic has not happened to my figure. I have only been able to see a tiny crack on the neck armature piece near the back of the head at the rear. It's show in my video review at the link below. Click through to watch the full review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel!

The packaging is as we all know and love in the MP series. The contents are well stacked with accessories as shown below. The jeep hood and hologram effects are nice to have, but I won't be using them in my display. Many of the car parts that can be left attached during transformation I also left off, such as the rear cannon and spare wheel and fuel canister.

The new Spike figure included in this set is scaled well with the jeep mode, but this means it's quite a bit larger than the previous Spike figures that came with Bumblebee and Optimus. At least this one, with the larger size, doesn't keep popping off its arms and legs like the others!

The jeep mode is beautiful, has that official licence aesthetic to it, and the paint app is a gorgeous matte green which I really like. I'm glad they went with this colour and not a darker green like the original G1 toy. I much prefer the cartoon style.

The first thing pretty much everyone will do when unboxing in this jeep mode is check it over for cracks. Straight out of the box, mine was fine. The usual places for cracks include the side footrest hinges, the front pins/hinges near the front wheels, and the hinge at the rear panel that needs to be pulled out slightly.

It will do well for people to watch transformation videos on YouTube that clearly show where you should avoid placing pressure. This will definitely help in preventing cracks or breakages with your figure.

The transformation is rather complex, at least for me. I took my time and slowing manipulated every panel as I watched transformation videos. The engineering in the feet and lower legs is fantastic, and definitely the Masterpiece Moment for me on this one. If you go slow, and make sure the panels are all folded in the right way, the lower legs and feet will collapse together really well, and shouldn't stress the plastic.

The upper body transformation does have a couple of scary parts, especially the cannon and head armature piece. There is a single screw at the rear hold that armature in place as it swings, and it is screwed in very tight. Moving the arm is what causes many of the cracks. General advice has been to loosen that screw, but even as I did that I saw the tiny crack appear.

Luckily that's the only place that I've seen cracks, but many also have cracks at the back of the knees along the hinges there, and near the sides of the chest. Now that I've transformed mine into bot mode, he'll be staying that way pretty much forever in my display cabinet.

The bot mode is simply amazing, and for me is by far the best looking Hound out of all the options at the moment. There's barely any kibble that people love to complain about, and he looks very accurate to the cartoon. He fits in beautifully with the new Optimus and Bumblee, and complements the + versions of the Lambor and Nissan molds really well too.

Overall, I think Takara designed a fantastic figure, but let themselves and collectors down with sub-standard plastic. The hinges or the pins are simply putting too much stress on the plastic, resulting in many reports of breakages. It's certainly ruined the experience for many collectors. Hopefully if they do a repaint or a reissue, the plastic quality is improved, because this design deserves to be given the best production value it can.

If it wasn't for all the reports of breakages, I'm pretty sure Hound would go down as one of the best figures in the MP series. But as of now, it's really a matter of what could have been! Mine's still holding up ok with a few pose changes, but here's hoping it doesn't start falling apart!

1 Mar 2020

Toy Notch Sun Wukong Monkey King

Toy Notch is a company that I've never heard of before, but was pleasantly surprised when I saw a company willing to release something a little bit different! This classic Sun Wukong (Monkey King) from the iconic animated movie from the 1960s is one that I've remembered since childhood! My parents certainly had some old Chinese art books that depicted this character, and I certainly wanted this for my collection.

Click the link below for my full video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. Make sure to subscribe too and stay tuned for upcoming reviews! :)

The set comes with a decent array of accessories, and they're all of pretty good quality. I especially love the staff that is actually made of metal. I was expecting just painted plastic, but the fact that they went the extra mile with metal is pretty nice.

The swap out face sculpts are nice too, with all the options you need for the various moods of the Monkey King. The swap out hands aren't all that great, but decent enough with the posing options. Be careful swapping them out, and especially when inserting the staff. I would put the hand for the staff in hot water first to soften the plastic.

The magic cloud is a great touch, but I really wish they had included some sort of elevated display base or dynamic stand for it. Another annoying feature is that the molded part to insert the foot is too small for the actual foot of the figure. This makes it extremely difficult to insert the foot and get the figure to stand in a stable manner. Even with hot water I could not really get the foot in there properly. So it's a great idea, just not executed as well as it should have been.

The figure itself is very nicely done. The quality is pretty much on par with other similar sized figures from Bandai S.H.Figuarts or the Revoltech figures. The joints are very similar to those figures, so if you have any of those then you'll know what you're getting into.

Overall the paint application is pretty clean and sharp, with only minimal bleed in the skirt. All other areas on mine were good. The yellow in the shirt is nice and I like the way they did the red pants too. There's no real risl of paint chipping when posing this figure.

Articulation is as you would expect, however it would've been nice if they had figured out a way to get more into the head. It cannot look up very far at all due to the back of the head sculpt and his head gear. But other than that, I think you can get him into some pretty dynamic poses. Even in static poses, the joints aren't so obvious to make him look strange.

For fans of Chinese mythology or for those looking for something a bit different in their collection, I think this figure fits the bill perfectly. It will be interesting to see what else Toy Notch have coming up - this is a pretty good start!

22 Feb 2020

Hot Toys MMS511 R2-D2 Deluxe

I have the previous Sideshow Collectibles R2-D2 Deluxe figure set, which is still a pretty decent set with some great accessories. The first couple of Hot Toys releases for R2-D2 didn't really interest me too much, but their announcement of their own Deluxe version finally sold me with the Leia hologram accessories.

Check out the link below for my video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. It's a great set that has definite improvements over the Sideshow version.

The set comes with a decent array of accessories. Many of the attachments are magnetic, which makes them very easy to attach to Artoo when you open up the panels. The detail and paint application on the attachments are much better than the Sideshow version. The only accessory I think the Sideshow version has that is worth using now is the drinks tray.

The little lamp is similar to the one that came with the Yoda set, but this time has an chord that also attaches to Artoo. The light is not too bright, but is good enough for what it is. The Star Wars logo remote control is nice, similar to the one that came with their first Darth Vader figure. It controls the lights and sound effects on the figure, which I surprisingly liked a lot more than I thought I would! I usually hate electronic features, but the iconic sounds from Artoo really did put a smile on my face.

The Leia holograms were the accessory that finally sold me on this set. The Sideshow Deluxe set had one too, but it was just transluscent blue plastic with not too many facial features. This upgrade from Hot Toys gives it a much better sculpt, and looks far more accurate to the scene on Tatooine.

The little base that provides the light is decent, and is quite bright. Unfortunately the light piping in the holograms really only allows the light into the lower half of the body. But the overall effect is decent.

The Sideshow version came with a more movie accurate table from that scene in Obi-wan's hut. I think using the new Hot Toys hologram on the old Sideshow table is the perfect combination! I haven't tried the light up effect of the Sideshow table to see how it looks with the new hologram, but I'm sure it'll be a decent enough effect.

The biggest improvement on the figure itself is the use of the diecast medal dome. The brushed finish is much nicer, and there is no longer an ugly plastic seam like the Sideshow had. The difference in the domes side by side is quite striking.

The body itself is pretty similar, but the internal detailings within the panels and the way the accessories attach is quite different. The Hot Toys version has much more subtle weathering, which I think is fine. The deeper blue also seems more accurate, and certainly looks better on display.

For now, I'll be keeping both versions, with the Sideshow Artoo and Threepio figures being my Return of the Jedi versions with Hot Toys Jedi Luke. The new Hot Toys version will go with my other Hot Toys figures from A New Hope.

If you're on the fence about getting this new Hot Toys, I think it's worth getting as an improvement over the Sideshow version. Side by side, there's no doubt it's a better looking figure on display. Whether it's better than the Tamashii Nations Artoo is debatable. I prefer the Hot Toys version since the Tamashii is far too clean, and I don't really like the rivets in the sculpt of the body.

Together with the rest of the core hero cast from A New Hope, I think this R2-D2 looks fantastic. Now I just hope Hot Toys gets off their arse and announce a decent version of C-3PO to complete the photo below!