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Now We Know Why C-3PO’s Arm Was Red in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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Dedicated fans never miss the details.

When presented with mysterious character changes that go unexplained in the movies, fans will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the situation.

One recent example was a dramatic difference most fans noticed in the beloved, gilded protocol droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In the many years after our favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away defeated the Empire and continued on with their lives, plenty of things were sure to change. Children were born, heroes disappeared, new threats to the galaxy arose. And yet, as we flooded into theaters back in December to pick back up where we left off, we were largely distracted by one detail that untrained eyes might simply consider minor:

C-3PO’s red arm.

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Now, another Disney property has finally explained just why we saw a droid of a different color.

For veteran lovers of Star Wars, it was hard to miss that C-3PO wasn’t entirely his gold self in The Force Awakens, which premiered on December 18 of last year.

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Instead, the protocol droid was boasting a rather bold red arm that left us all wondering: what the heck happened?

We’ve been waiting for months, but now Marvel’s one-shot comic C-3PO #1 fills us in on the backstory.

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Fans that really did their research might have learned from the Force Awakens visual dictionary guide book that Threepio wears the red arm in memory of another droid from his past.

In C-3PO #1, by James Robinson, Tony Harris, and Joe Caramagna, we explore a much deeper side of droid sentience that we may not have stopped to think about before.