Who built C 3PO

Star Wars: Episode 7 - C-3PO with a new look

In Star Wars: Episode I, Anakin Skywalker hadn't quite finished building his interpreter droid Threepio, so it didn't have its usual golden sheen. Find out here why C-3PO could have a red arm in Star Wars: Episode VII.

We only got our first glimpses of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens thanks to a teaser last year, a trailer this year and a tranquil photo shoot from Vanity Fair. The obligatory merchandise campaign for the new Star Wars adventure is slowly but surely getting rolling and, as so often, it has a few surprises in store when it comes to character design.

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A picture of one of the new toys made it onto the internet earlier than planned and gives us a first look at a slightly modified C-3PO. But see for yourself the tweet we discovered via MakingStarWars:

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It remains to be seen whether this red-armed threepio is official Star Wars merchandise or not. After all, in many countries (the picture is from Mexico) it is not uncommon for toys to be produced that are not part of a franchise's official merchandise campaign. On the other hand, MakingStarWars reported in the past about Star Wars merchandise, which presented a C-3PO with a red arm. So we can stay curious whether the droid comes up with a different look like in Episode I in the new Star Wars.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens starts in German cinemas on December 17, 2015. Directed by J.J. Abrams. In addition to C-3PO (again Anthony Daniels), Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and John Boyega can be seen in the science fiction spectacle.

What do you think could be the possible reason for C-3PO's new arm?