C-3PO on Ingo
The TV series begins with C-3PO and his counterpart R2-D2 having just been abandoned by a master who had just had a run in with the law. Left to wander the salt flats of the planet Ingo, the droids were fortunately discovered by speeder racers Thall Joben and Jord Dusat. C-3PO and R2-D2 entered the service of the racing team, and during their time with them they not only helped their masters prepare for the speeder race on Boonta, but they also were instrumental in thwarting the sinister plans of the notorious Fromm Gang. Following the race on Boonta, the droids decided to part ways with their masters so that Thall and Jord could pursue a job with Zebulon Dak, a speeder manufacturing tycoon who insisted on having the droids memories wiped. Jettisoning in an escape pod from the ship of their friend Kea Moll, the droids were left to float in space.
Eventually the droids were discovered and were sold to a Jillsarian chef named Doodnik on the mining planet Tyne's Horky. Their clumsiness at waiting tables, combined with Doodnik's short temper made their service at Doodnik's Cafe a short one. Following their rejection by Doodnik, the droids placed themselves in the local droid auction and were won by a brutish creature named Yorpo Mog.
Fortunately for the droids, their service to Yorpo and his employer Kleb Zellock never really began. Witnessing the rough treatment of a strange looking android by Mog, a kindly young man named Jann Tosh offered to trade his valuable new mining droid for C-3PO, R2-D2 and the broken down android. This trade was gladly accepted by Yorpo but not by Jann's Uncle Gundy. C-3PO and R2-D2 were no replacement for a mining droid at Uncle Gundy's keschel mine, but the seemingly weak android, who was actually an alien from Tammuz-an suffering memory loss, was a tremendous help.
The alien, now called Kez-Iban, was discovered by his Tammuz-an associate Sollag Den and revealed to actually be the Prince Mon Julpa, who was soon to be coronated king on his homeworld. Following the defeat of Kleb Zellock and his weapons manufacturing schemes, the droids left Tyne's Horky with their master Jann to accompany Mon Julpa back to Tammuz-an for his coronation. Aided by the droids, Jann and freighter pilot Jessica Meade helped Mon Julpa to secure the throne, despite the attempts of Julpa's former vizir Zatec-Cha, and thwart attacks against Tammuz-an by the Pirates of Tarnoonga.
Meeting Uncle Gundy
C-3PO with Coby
While Jann remained in the service of King Julpa, anxiously waiting for his acceptance letter to the Space Academy. But before he left, the droids were given one last job in his service: to escort a Tammuz-an boy named Coby, the son of Tammuz-an's Lord Toda to the academy. En-route to the Academy, the droids and Coby stopped over at the Zallakesh spaceport on Chuzalla where the strong willed and impulsive Coby spent his inheritance money on purchasing a small spacecraft called a Blackhawk Destroyer. Following the theft of Coby's pet Tessellated Arboreal binjinphant by the Starhunters Intergalactic Menagerie, Coby and the droids pursued the exotic animal thieves to Dandelo. There, thanks to the assistance of the local Fuzzums, an elderly man named Greej and the timely arrival of Jann Tosh, Coby was able to rescue his pet. Before leaving Dandelo, Jann revealed that he had been accepted to the Academy, but unfortunately would not be permitted to bring the droids. As Jann departs, the droids remain on the planet with the native Fuzzums and a giant spotted Jugadoo that relentlessly pursues C-3PO.
Eventually the droids make their way off of Dandelo and are acquired by the Baobab Merchant Fleet. While en-route to meet their new master Mungo Baobab on the planet Biitu, their ship comes under attack and the droids are taken as slaves and delivered to the mechanical menace and Imperial ally The Great Heep on the once beautiful Biitu's recently ravaged surface.
With another droid prisoner on Biitu
The coin that comes with the Kenner C-3PO figure reads, "A protocol DROID conversant in over 6MM forms of communication. He is seeking a new master with his friend R2-D2." The brief biography on the back of the Kenner Droids figure packaging reads, "Protocol DROID and a translator of human cyborg/alien languages...a critical, but devoted companion to ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2)." While we don't really gain any new information on C-3PO from either of these brief bios, perhaps a little more development of his Droids character can come from the art on the Kenner Droids action figure packaging. On C-3PO's own action figure card, the art depicts the droids narrowly avoiding being run over by a speeder belonging to Thall Joben. A similar situation happened in the first episode of Droids, but in the Kenner art, R2-D2 appears more damaged than he did in the TV series.
Probably the most interesting aspect of the Kenner Droids art, at least in regards to C-3PO, is that he can be seen somewhere, usually in the background, in almost all of the Kenner Droids art, placing him in situations not seen in the TV series.
Ducking Thall Joben's speeder
Anthony Daniels - voice actor for C-3PO
- C-3PO's appearance in Droids is based upon his character design in the animated segment of The Star Wars Holiday Special
- The voice of C-3PO was provided by Anthony Daniels
- Every episode of Droids plus The Great Heep special
- Every issue of the Droids comic series
- Every Droids book
The Droids Re-Animated: Part 1: Official Star Wars Blog
The Droids Re-Animated: Part 2: Official Star Wars Blog
Spain's Lost Star Wars Comic Strips: Official Star Wars Blog
StarWars.com Databank entry: C-3PO (See-Threepio)
Wookieepedia biography: C-3PO