Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 3: Queen Amidala (Theed Invasion)

QUEEN AMIDALA- Theed Invasion
Power of the Jedi Collection 2
Item No.:
Asst. 84455 No. 84567
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Force File
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99-$6.99
Availability: 2000
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

Bio: Queen Amidala is a skilled leader who is committed to maintaining her people's way of life.  She is a peaceful leader who always looks for the solution that requires the least amount of military action.  Although she has been trained most of her life to enter into a leadership role, the Trade Federation blockade and certain invasion will put her skills to the ultimate test.   (Taken from the figure's Force File.)

Image: Taken in the wilds in the home of Adam Pawlus' display shelves.

Commentary: While one of many "statue" figures, Queen Amidala is one of Hasbro's finest from one of its most-loved eras of figures.   Articulated at the neck and shoulders, this bright red figure adds an enormous splash of color to an otherwise drab shelf.   As the only 3 3/4-inch figure that represents this costume, this is a must-own figure at almost any price.   Luckily, it can be had on eBay for as little as $6 before shipping charges.   Considering this is the most iconic outfit (or more accurately, most represented in marketing), this is a figure that should be in your collection.  If it isn't, see to it that you remedy this before the month is over.

Collector's Notes: No variations of this figure exist, and there's no rumors of a rerelease either.   While excellent, the figure suffers from an inability to sit on a throne, which is a bit unfortunate as, to date, all Queen Amidala figures are standing-only figures, and there's a throne with nobody sitting in it with the Royal Starship vehicle.

Revisited 01/06/2013: I'm a little surprised Hasbro never went back to redo this one, given that it's arguably the most recognizable costume from the first prequel.  Samples on eBay are as low as $2 or as high as $16, regardless of condition.  I don't get it.  It's still a good figure and worth picking up, though.

Day 3: May 9, 2006

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