Threepio’s Backstory In His Own Words (written by George Lucas Over 30 Years Ago)…
C-3PO’s origin was famously (or infamously) explored in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. While fans of the Original Trilogy deemed his backstory outlandish in view of the revelation that it was none other than a young Anakin Skywalker who built him, it so happens that George Lucas had a big part of Threepio’s origin story figured out as far back as 1977.
The following is C-3PO explaining his origins from the book The Making of Star Wars by JW Rinzler. Some key points will be familiar.
That’s where I really started out. It was a good thirty-seven years before I was actually transferred into protocol. When I started in the embassy, I was one of twelve hundred interpreter droids. I was in the Outland areas and there were a lot of strange planets being amassed into the Republic. There was actually a very high attrition rate out there, too, because of the strange climates. Many of the droids would fall apart very rapidly. I was lucky to be totally reassembled by a young boy working for a junk dealer. After several years I gained new coverings and became as good as new. Then I went on to become attached to the court of Alderaan, eventually working myself up to become the special assistant translator to the captain of a diplomatic starship, Captain Antilles.
I like this backstory a lot and find it interesting that Lucas, over 30 years ago, had a vision of C-3PO being re-assembled by a young boy working in a junkyard and eventually got new covers for his parts. Here’s a screenshot of The Making of Star Wars page shared by Redditor NiceDriving.
The author is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who chooses to remain anonymous but owes his career to Star Wars, the movie which ignited his imagination in the halcyon days of his childhood during the late 1970s.