Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 1,076: Padme Amidala

PADME AMIDALA Animated Figure Debut
The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87638 No. 87940
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #20
Includes: Blaster, droid blaster, cape, hood
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: January 2009
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Bio: Padme has worn many mantles during her young life, including queen, senator and warrior. To each role, she brings her characteristic poise and intelligence, whether she is in the midst of a diplomatic discussion or facing a menacing encounter with an enemy. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: One of the good things (and bad things) about the animated toy line is that Hasbro seems to be concerned that figures look really good, leading to less articulation on figures like this Padme Amidala. While it's a bit of a bummer that she isn't super articulated, fact is she looks fantastic. The really thin arms and legs aren't beefed out to incorporate additional joints, and the look on her face is similar to that of the animation models. Our favorite hero has 8 points of articulation, the two notable additions being swivel biceps. Her holster can hold her smaller blaster, and yes, she can sit. It's designed more as a figure for kids than adult collectors, but I think that's a good thing here. It's great to have a release that feels more like a toy than a collectible for once.

Collector's Notes: Were Hasbro inclined they could probably repaint this one with a white hood and throw it with Ziro. This probably won't happen. So far this is the best Padme Hasbro made for the cartoon line, and the only one, but more are on deck for the future.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,076: July 29, 2009

1 comment:

Ben Carthage said...

I think this is one of the better figures in the Clone Wars line. Most of them have been pretty good, but Padme is a cut above. It's nice that in such a 'boy' oriented line that they took the time to make the girls really great figures.