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The Best C3PO Red Arm Theory I've Heard!

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' started by TalonHawk, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. TalonHawk

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    Was recently listening to the Walking Dead 'Cast doing a show reviewing TFA (Great Podcast by the way if you're a fan of that show!)

    One of them mentions that he thinks C3PO's red arm is simply a way to boost action figure sales. If he wasn't different in some way, why would you need to buy a new C3PO action figure if you already owned an old one?

    Cynicism at it's finest!

    Looking at his intro scene through those goggles, it turns into one big commercial. "Hi! Remember me? I'm C3PO, and I now have a red arm! Look at my arm all red and different than before! I'm sure there will be some neat story about how I got this arm. You're going to need my *new* action figure to live out that story, so act fast, before they're all gone!"

    Hmm, that reminds that I heard somewhere that C3PO's original character idea was something like a used car salesman.
     
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    Well it probably is a factor in it, yes. Does seem a bit of a pointless aspect to the character. But they may come up with some reason for it that blows us away in the next movie.

    Plus R2 is the same old R2, why change one for marketing reasons and not the other?
     
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    C-3PO had a part time job artificially inseminating Bantha's
     
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    In one of the interviews JJ explained it; they changed the arm to show a passage of time. Nothing more nothing less. Although I do think he made marketing people who plan all the toys happy for sure. ;-)
     
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    Remember the deconstructible C3PO that came out after TESB?
     
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    Maybe its just a really intense sleeve tattoo. ;)
     
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    Is this the podcast you are talking about???

    http://dailydead.com/round-up-the-w...xorcist-enamel-pin-neil-gaimans-troll-bridge/
     
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    I'd say collectors are 100% as likely to buy a new The Force Awakens C-3PO in The Force Awakens packaging with or without a red arm.
    Which just leaves little Timmy, asking his mum for a new toy - is she really going to say either "No, I'm not buying you C-3PO, he's exactly the same as that old beat up one you've got in your toy box..." or "Okay, I'll buy you that; looks like he's got a red arm, so it's different enough to warrant me buying you a new toy with the same name as another toy you already own."?

    I just don't really think real life works like that...
     
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    [​IMG]

    Somewhere in space, this protocol droid from Echo Base is sporting a gold arm.
     
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    I was hoping Kylo cut or forced ripped it off. Or Chewie did it when Han and him left the Resistance. A simple 15-30 second scene could add meaning.
     
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    Bad circulation?
     
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    Seems pretty obvious that it is a merchandising gimmick.

    But perhaps they might come up with a cool backstory reason for it... I doubt it, but who knows.
     
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    The backstory of C3PO's new arm will be told in an one-off comic to be released on February 24, 2016.

    500.jpg
     
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    I think that C3PO has a red arm because it looks to me that he has a rank like a soldier.Stormtroopers have a Red Band over right shoulder.Is a rank.C3PO is with General Organa(Leia) and the Resistence.For me is a rank...:).

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    My money says C3P0 beat Chewi in a game of Dejarik on the Falcon.
    You know the rest....
     
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    I like the theory about boosting sales for C3PO as it makes alot of sense to do, this nonsense that it is to show a passage of time seems lazy.
     
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    Best post I've read on this forum and what a fanboy remembering that one!
     
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    Ok so to give a little info there's a sentence in the Visual Guide that says:
    "C-3PO is uncharacteristically quiet when it comes to discussing his salvaged arm; it is a memento of another droid's sacrifice"
    Also fun fact, he is now fluent in over seven million forms of communication.
     
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    Maybe he had a run-in with HK-47! lol. Hopefully there's something interesting behind it, I'm sure there is
     
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