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C-3PO is very excited
This isn’t a movie goof, per se, but one of the more curious circumstances involving the set of A New Hope.
Topps was one of many companies to create Star Wars-themed cards following the initial movie’s release. Behind-the-scenes movie photos and cards profiling the actors were included in the set.
The cards were released across five series and came with stickers and sticks of gum.
But something stands out right away when you look at 1977 Topps Star Wars card No. 207, which shows C-3PO, played by Anthony Daniels.
A piece from C-3PO’s costume extends from his midsection.
This droid is ready to get down.
Apparently the risque photo was taken during a moment of on-set shenanigans … and the photo was left unedited for use on the card, according to Gary Gerari, a former Topps employee who wrote a book about the card set, “Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One.”
The obscene card was eventually replaced by an edited version, but the original is thought to be more plentiful.
A mint condition version of the card today is worth hundreds of dollars. But more than that, it comes with a story — and a glimpse at the energy that would propel the Star Wars franchise to new heights, even with some missteps along the way.
What are other goofs have you spotted from the original movies?