Artoo was very much a fusion of the final design and the early McQuarrie concepts. I wanted the basic color and compostional elements of the movie Artoo, but I loved the very rough, almost primitive industrial element of the arms jutting out of the dome.
Here's the WIP:
The dome is from a trinket machine, the body is from a Loctite Super Glue container, the bottom "egg" shape is from another trinket machine container, and the legs are from an Alien Racers figure. The foot pads are door hinges from a McFarlane Toys X-Files figure accessory. The arm is from a ML Elektra, and the attachments are from a McFarlane Ichabod Cran figure. The various panels are vinyl that has been cut and glued to the body's surface, and the jet engines on the back are the innards of a pen.C-3P0
This one's a little more out to lunch. I went more to the McQuarrie illustrations for this, but went back even further to the initial inspiration for Threepio...the Ultima Futura Automaton from the classic film Metropolis. I also threw in some of my own ideas.
The base figure is a Vampire Hunter D female character. I removes the breasts, the head detail and hair, and the jacket from the figure. The hands and feet are from a McFarlane Ultima Online figure. The head has been resculpted with epoxy putty, as has the sides of the torso, back, and chest. The head detailing has been achieved with strips of vinyl.
I liked the idea of Threepio being androgynous and vaguely humanoid, but more streamlined than what a man in suit would allow. I do love the film version, but I thought for this project I'd try something a little different.
Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.