Looks like we have visual proof that December’s Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens will consider the franchise’s trademark severed-limb meme, and this time the victim is prissy protocol droid C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).
How do we know? An interesting soda can was discovered in Mexico and reported to the Making Star Wars website, which posted a photo. On the can, Threepio is depicted with a red left arm, suggesting the limb has been replaced at some point. C-3PO is seen with partner-in-crime R2-D2 and soccer-ballish droid BB-8, however each droid appears to have been pasted into a collage separately rather than the image representing a scene still (notice the sandy background behind BB-8).
It is entirely possible that this is an unofficial bootleg product — which would explain why the can was apparently found in a store south of the border. Officially licensed soda cans from a soft-drink giant are unlikely to leak six months early, but stranger things have happened. If this is a knock-off, it’s possible that the red arm is a Photoshop mistake or a printing error.
But it is also entirely possible that Threepio has been refurbished again. Remember, he has had a silver-plated lower right leg since the original movie, and he blown to pieces by stormtroopers in Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back, so it would be no biggie for him.
Episode VII opens Dec. 18, but you can watch the thrilling teaser trailer and the theatrical trailer now.