Friday, October 19, 2007

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 531: Padme Amidala

PADMÉ AMIDALA Geonosian Arena
The Saga Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 85770 No. 87347
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: 067
Includes: Battle Droid blaster, display base
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: January 2007
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio:  Padmé is taken prisoner along with Anakin Skywalker when the pair go to Geonosis to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi. All three are sentenced to death but are saved when Jedi forces arrive. Padmé fights courageously in the ensuing battle, proving she is as fine a warrior as she is a politician.   (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.  (Also: Han Solo called, he wants his eyebrows back.)

Commentary: She doesn't look this bad, I swear.  Padmé Amidala, in this photo, may have the worst looking eyebrows I've ever seen.  In person, she doesn't look this bad-- maybe it's the light, or the angle.  I even ran up to check the figure again, and while the eyebrows on my sample do seem to be unusually mannish, others turned out a little bit better.  But anyway, what's the deal with this figure?   From 2004-2007, at least one wave near the end of the year was made up entirely of repaints of figures made of existing figures, and this one was no exception.  The head is from the 2002 version of the figure, and the body mold was from a 2003 release.  The weapon, from the Battle Droid.   Put it all together and add some new paint, and the end result is a figure that is both new and interesting, yet not entirely based on how she appeared in the movie.

She has a clawed-up back (insert joke with the word "kinky" here), torn knees on her pants (repeat the joke here for emphasis), but is basically the same figure from a previous release.  With 12 points of articulation, she may be one of the most posable versions of Natalie Portman you can buy, but she's far from perfect.   The two figures which make up this figure are far better than this release, so if you're going to be picky, skip this one.  The sculpt is very good, but the deco and accessories leave something to be desired plus well, she really doesn't bring much new to the table.  She is, however, obviously different, so collectors will want to get her anyway.

Collector's Notes: While somewhat limited in distribution, the figure's popularity was fairly low-- so she was easy to get.  I got this sample at a Wal-Mart for $3.50 as the whole assortment was mismarked for some reason.  I have no doubt this will be a figure most fans will ignore for a good long time, but hey, if you like Amidala stuff, get one.

Day 531: October 19, 2007

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