Thursday, April 16, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 1,002: Emperor Palpatine (Order 66)

30th Anniversary Collection Order 66 Target Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. 87356 No. 87669
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber, cloak, cane, Commander Vill
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Spring 2008
Appearances: Various

Bio: Palpatine sends secret orders to Commander Vill, who is the clone commander of the 501st Legion on New Plympto at the end of the Clone Wars. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' TV tray.

Commentary: Hasbro has done numerous versions of Emperor Palpatine, and even this mold has been cast in three unique paint flavors. This is the second of them, and it's pretty neat. Cast in grey, the figure takes on an even more ghoulish look than ever before, which is really what you want from a decaying old Sith. Sure, he never really looked this color on film, but in some comics it isn't all that far from how the old man appeared. Armed with the standard (for 2005) super-articulation, this guy has all the ball-jointed shoulders, eblows, ankles, and knees you could want. The cloak is removable, and the hood is a little bit too big. Actually, if you have the Evolutions release or the one from the Crimson Empire boxed set, you basically have this exact figure except for the skin color. I'd give this figure a strong "buy" solely because of the Clone Trooper he comes with, but your mileage may vary. I personally thing this figure's body could be better served with a different head sculpt, which is happening shortly, but there's still room for improvement in the head. The body, though, is about as good as we're likely to ever see.

Collector's Notes: Arguably one of the best Palpatine figures, this was one of the more popular Order 66 figures in 2008. I blame the fact that it comes with another unique member of the 501st, which makes it a little more desirable in my book.

Day 1,002: April 16, 2009

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