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0-0-0 (Triple-Zero)

Star Wars
by yo go re

I don't know as much about the Dr. Aphra comics as Monkey Boy, but if you'll bear with me, I'll try my best to sound like I know what I'm talking about.

Activated by Doctor Aphra, 0-0-0 (Triple Zero) is a droid programmed for etiquette, protocol, and translations, but also specializes in interrogation and torture. With his fluency in a droid language unique to the Tarkin Initiative labs, the dark silver-plated droid reactivates an assassin astromech droid, BT-1.

Hundreds of years before Palpatine's rise to power, an unnamed scientist created a new droid personality matrix - the little piece of programming that makes each droid unique, that gives them the quirks that make them them. When he tried adding things like morality, empathy, equitability, loyalty... the matrix overwrote them almost instantly. Think of it like a normal, healthy kid watching one video about the Earth being flat, and then the next thing you know they're claiming the Great Replacement is real. Bad algorithms. The circuit board the personality matrix was housed on was banished to a Quarantine World, where it was kept under high security protections until Dr. Aphra Indiana Jonesed her way in and stole it.

A personalty matrix can apparently but swapped into any droid body, but Triple Zero's intended chassis is a protocol droid, conveniently allowing Hasbro to reuse the C-3PO molds they've had for a few years. In the comics, he really is the dark silver the bio claims, but as a toy, he's more gunmetal. Either way, the burning red-orange eyes look super sinister!

The body is mostly the same as we saw on C-3PO as well - the Original Trilogy version, not the Force Awakens version. Why anyone thought the specific position of the wires in his stomach were important enough to warrant molding two different versions is beyond me. [have you never met any Star Wars nerds? --ed.] The reason it's only "mostly" similar is that he gets the improved arms from 4-LOM, with the extra biceps joints and the functioning elbows! He also gets 4-LOM's hands, meaning he'll be able to hold a gun if you want him to. But you may not want him to.

The 4-LOM hands are actually his accessories, packaged next to him in the tray. In issue #2 of Aphra's eponymous comicbook, she allowed Triple-Zero to utilize something other than his skills in etiquette, customs, and translation - namely, his penchant for torture. He was pleased as punch, and his fingers sprang open to reveal a bevy of horrible little devices that even Auralnauts' version of 3PO would love, all of which are duplicated here.

It's hard to tell exactly what's what on his crazy murder-hands, but we'll give it our best shot. From pinky to thumb on the right hand, we have a thin blade, a serrated saw, scissors, a syringe (sometimes filled with 500 milligrams of Mandalorian xenotox, sometimes empty and used for extracting blood), and a buzzsaw; on the left, a scalpel, a bright orange laser cutter, some sort of two-bladed thing-a-ma-do, a... drill, maybe(?), and what may be a bottle opener. If he wasn't so fond of torture and interrogation, he might have made a good chef! The hands swap out at the wrist, naturally.

0-0-0 and his little buddy BT-1 are interesting characters with some genuinely funny moments in among the scary horrors they perpetrate. This figure may be a repaint with two new accessories, but he's also a totally distinctive and memorable character, so worth the while to be made into a toy. It does, however, make us once again express a desire for a Black Series C-3PX! And Hk-47. And Mr. Bones.

BT-1 | Doctor Aphra | 0-0-0

-- 03/22/20

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